The word "thought" comes from and is the past tense of the word "think'", which means to have or formulate in the mind; to bring into a given condition by mental preoccupation. This definition is just a minute portion as to what really goes on. Have you ever wondered why when a person says something like, "I think today is going to be a bad day", thus their day becomes filled with calamity. In this teaching we will learn about the dynamics of our thoughts and the Godly approach when handling them.
Now that we know the physical or denotative definition of thoughts, what is the spiritual definition? The spiritual definition of thoughts can be defined as: a Godly, demonic or self inclination suggested to the mind. For example there may be a time when we become dissatisfied with someone. A Godly inclination may be to forgive this person and empathize with them. A demonic inclination may be to act in malice, and a self-inclination may be to respond in a learned way, whatever response that may be. Therefore your thoughts are the Godly, demonic or learned things that preoccupy your mind.
Origin vs. Influence
Roman 8:5-8 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
In addition to the origin of a thought, there are two primary inspirational sources for thoughts; one is God-influenced and the other is demonic-influenced. You may be asking yourself ''What about when I think about what to wear, what to eat, what time to do something, what I have planned for tomorrow?" Well, these thoughts can be categorized as learned behavioral thoughts or something you have become accustom in doing. This can be by any means such as habit, cultural or the rejection or acceptance of a paradigm. Although these thoughts may seem neutral in nature, they are not! Thoughts, as trivial as they may seem, at their core only have two influences- Godly or demonic.
To further understand this, the two Godly or demonic influences, let us differentiate between an influence and an origin. As stated earlier there are three origins for a person’s thoughts; Godly, demonic or the person’s self, their mind. An origin is identified as where something arises or begins; think of this as the “conception,” since this is the start of life. An influence is an effect on, and has to do with the development of something; think of this as the “pregnancy period,” since it’s during this time various influences will determine the vitality. Therefore, while a thought may have one of the three origins it is possible for that thought to be influence by the things of God or demonic things.
Philipians 4:8-9, “ Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you." Thoughts that originate with God are pure in nature and will bare Christ-like characteristics. James 1:17 tells us that whatever is good and perfect comes from God; God gifts us these things unconditionally (Romans 11:29). Therefore, both the believer and the unbeliever are influenced by God; but it is up to the individual to allow their thoughts to be influenced by God.
2 Corinthians 10:3-6, “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.” Thoughts that are demonically influenced are self-centered, lead to death and are essentially in disagreement with the Word of God. Therefore if a thought originates within you and that thought begins to take characteristics that are negative and contrary to God’s Word, then you know there is a demonic influence.