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Ron Writes


Today’s discussion on “Communication” in our TWO42 groups will focus on “talking to yourself.” Are you telling yourself the truth?

There is a battle for your mind. You are today where your thoughts have brought you. I’m not always what I think I am, but I am what I think. “As a man thinks so is he” (Prov. 23:7). Your thoughts can make or break you – heal or hurt – make friends or enemies. What are you telling yourself?

Scripture focuses on your mind - on your thinking (Eph. 4:22-23; Col. 3:2; Prov. 4:23; 1 Pet. 1:13; Phil. 4:14-15). There are two ways of thinking; two world views; two “mind sets.” Two kinds of conversations in your head. A mind set on the spirit or a mind set on the flesh (Romans 8:5-8). You are to be “transformed by the renewing of your minds” (Romans 12:2).

Your thinking determines your behavior. Every action has a thought behind it. Your thinking may have nothing to do with reality, but it has everything to do with your behavior. Abraham lied. He said “Because I thought surely there is no fear of God in this place, and they will kill me because of my wife” (Gen. 20:11). The problem was the conversation going on in his mind. Like Abraham, your worry, fear, and anxiety results when you listen to your own anxious self-talk.

Your thinking is the cause of emotional problems and unhappiness. As a teen, I went camping on Catalina Island. I was concerned about the wild boars. At night, I could hear them grunt next to my tent. My heart raced, I got tense, I had an adrenaline rush and I couldn’t sleep. Later, I learned that the noise was my friend Tom snoring in the next tent. A belief doesn’t have to be true to affect you. It’s not always the situation that leaves you stressed, but what you tell yourself about the situation.

Your thoughts affect your physical health. There’s a link between anxiety, stress, depression, hostility and physical disorders. Stomach pains, ulcers, cancer, back pain, and heart disease can be caused or aggravated by the way you think. You will pay a high price with ungodly self-talk.

When thinking and reality meet, there’s truth. Eighty times Jesus says, “I tell you the truth.” Twenty times he says “you heard it said, but I say to you.” He’s exposing the error of our thinking and replacing it with truth. Truth brings health and freedom! Stop telling yourself a pack of lies and learn to tell yourself the truth!