Your mind is powerful. Your mind has been and will always be, the place of conception for your greatest victories and failures. From your thought life, you derive and justify the motives for your actions. Further, it is in your mind that you also justify your deeds of kindness and your sinful deeds. This is why, when God wants to make a change in your life (repentance), He begins in your mind.
Matthew 6:33 (NASB) says, "But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you."
I want to point out one key term in the passage, that unveils an irrefutable truth.
The Greek translation of the word righteousness, means: the correct way of thinking, feeling and acting. In context, since the passage denotes "His"—as in "God's" righteousness, it reveals that we should be seeking "God's" way of thinking, feeling and acting. This implies that there is a way of thinking, feeling and acting, that will NOT yield God-level results; results which are eternal and life-giving.
Have you ever considered how many morbid, rancid, doubtful and unbelieving thoughts that flow through your mind on a daily basis? The question is, where do these thoughts come from? When you discover the origin of these thoughts, that are NOT "God's" way of thinking, feeling and acting, you will soon realize the access that you have to the eternal mind of God; the very contrast of your current human experience.
Most recently, God has been taking me through yet another spiritual training course. All throughout the day, He questions me about my thought-life. While I'm going about my day—thinking of various issues in my life, I've heard The Father's Voice say, "That is not My thought. Let My thoughts, be your thoughts." Admittedly so, this initially was a challenge. Never did I feel as if GOD was prying into my life, nor forcing me to be a certain way. Father was simply revealing to me that my thoughts were not aligned with His; thoughts that were designated to bring me "good" and not "disaster", to give me "a future and a hope" (Jeremiah 29:11NLT). Therefore, He was encouraging me to receive what had been made available by His Grace and through The Finished Work of The Lord Jesus. Friend, you cannot....AND SHOULD NOT, believe everything that you think—as many times, it will not yield the eternal, life-giving, God-level results that you desire to see in your life. So what should you be thinking then? Let me end this post with the passages that reveal what are mental focus SHOULD BE—God's way of thinking, feeling and acting:
Colossians 3:2 (NASB)
Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.
Philippians 4:8 (NLT)
And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.