23 Jan 16 RUTS

Proverbs 23:7 For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he

People for years have been leery of positive mental attitude or thought teachers.  Lately it has become a hard science.  It is researched and tried and proven.  It is not the new age fantasy stuff that people thought it was 40 years ago.  NLP *neuro-linguistic-programming* is a proven scientific reality.

Solomon, wrote about it in proverbs over 4000 years ago.  As the old saying goes, if it is new, it isn’t true.  If it is true, it isn’t new.

NLP is explained this way.  If you repeat something over and over again in your mind, it is like a record needle in an old LP record.  As you play the same thing over and over again, it digs a groove.  OR you could say it digs a rut.  As you know, ruts are hard to get out of.  The longer you are there, the deeper the rut, and the HARDER it is to get out.  The more senses you involve in your thinking, the faster and deeper the groove is cut.  Verbal, audio, visual, any senses that are involved as you are playing the same think over and over increases the cutting power.

Abused children, P.O.W.’s, battered wives and many other unfortunate souls are living proof that NLP works.  Fathers repeatedly telling their kids that they are worthless, captors brain washing prisoners, wives being told they are ugly all have these ruts created in their thought processes.  It begins to be their TRUTH.  They are worthless, they are brainwashed, they are ugly.

That is the reason that Solomon says Life and death is in the tongue *Proverbs 18:21*

The Bible uses such words as meditate, ponder, dwell on the truths written in Bible.  Thinking in your heart, repeatedly, saying it, meditating on it, will change your reality as you perceive it.  You are digging a rut.  It is either a good rut to be in, or a bad rut to be in.  IF you think, say, listen to, read, pray about positive things, and are around a lot of people talking positive, loving the Lord, your life will be better.  Heck, you might even be able to get off your meds some day!

That being said, START thinking in your heart right things. Pastor Howard Davies told me once that he never lets a negative thought enter his mind.  I believe it.  The guy is one happy dude!

So, are you in a rut? Are you unhappy with your life? Depressed? Dubious? Disappointed?  Here’s the key, change your thinking!  Right now!  I am going to do it and I challenge you to do it as well.  From here on out no more STINKIN THINKIN!

Look at Alexander in the video below. He’s the little guy in the tank top, walking around making sure everyone is singing! He’s only 6, but HE IS A MASTER OF CONTROLLING HIS THINKING.  Alexander lives in a sweltering garbage dump, with an unspeakable home life, in a third world country.  If HE can change his thought-life, WE should be able to as well.

Phillipians 4:8-9 Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. 9 The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.



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