Yep, it’s that time of year again. The resolution declarations start. The goals are made. And typically a word or phrase is announced. I’m not gonna act like I didn’t have a word or phrase for this year (and next) because I did (and do).
My word for 2019 was cultivate and that is an absolutely correct depiction of what this year was like for me. As for 2020, I had a dream months ago about what I could expect – seeing clearly. For a person who needs glasses and the Messiah to see, I understood what God was telling me.
Anyways, what I’d like to share with you is not necessarily a resolution, a goal, or even a word/phrase to carry into your new year. I want to chat about the power of positive thoughts and how those thoughts can help you manifest a powerful new year.
The Power of Thoughts
Before diving into some practical thought processes that can change your life, and your year, let’s talk about the power thoughts actually have. I’m sure you’re familiar with that already, but it’s worth revisiting.
I choose to believe and follow the Most High God (YHVH) and His Holy Inspired Scriptures. All throughout you can find many Scriptures that discuss the mind and thoughts that we have.
The underlying principle is your thoughts have the power to create change. What this change ends up looking like is up to you. One thing I’ve learned in my 35 years of life is that I am always one thought and decision away from living my best life.
I’m not trying to sound all new-agey, but it’s the truth. Whether I’m experiencing the good, the bad, or the ugly – I can still choose to be thankful, grateful, and blessed. This is also a thought process in and of itself. One that I fail at having more than I’d like to remember.
Practical Thought Processes
With that being said, let’s talk about some practical thought processes that can help manifest a powerful new year.
Practice Renewing Your Mind
“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you prove what is that good and well-pleasing and perfect desire of Elohim.” – Romans 12:2
It’s so easy to follow trends, hop on bandwagons, and go for the sparkly and pretty. At the end of the day, if thoughts are leading you to think, act, and desire the ways of the world – you mind needs renewal.
Yes, it’s hard. The world and its ways are all around us. Living set-apart from the world is not popular. In fact, it gets trash-talked and ridiculed; however, it’s worth it in the end.
Renew your mind by reading and meditating on what Scripture says. Whatever you’re struggling with, find it in the Word and soak it up!
Intentional Self-Improvement Journal
Helping you THRIVE – not just survive from the INSIDE OUT!
This is a faith-based journal resource created for the sole purpose of helping you thrive in life through intentional self-improvement. The prompts, affirmations, and words of encouragement are all Scripture-based.
Practice Thinking Positive
This is a biggie, and also one that tends to take a bad rap. Rightfully so if it’s through the perspective that there’s nothing else to do but “think” and not do. But that’s not what we’re talking about here.
“For the rest, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is righteous, whatever is clean, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good report, if there is any uprightness and if there is any praise – think on these.” – Philippians 4:8
That’s what I’m talking about. The ability to think positive, no matter what in your world is going on. And yeah, that’s tough. But it’s doable.
Think positive by thinking on truth, nobility, righteousness, cleanliness, loveliness, good reports, and anything that is upright.
Practice Taking Thoughts Captive
“For the weapons we fight with are not fleshly but mighty in Elohim for overthrowing stronghold, overthrowing reasonings and every high matter that exalts itself against the knowledge of Elohim, taking captive every thought to make it obedient to the Messiah.” – 2 Corinthians 10:4-5
Think about the times you’ve entertained stinkin’ thinkin’ versus casting that thought process down. What usually happened? The thought came in, set up shop, and most likely led you to thinking more negatively (and maybe even acting it out). Am I right?
There is a valid reason why we are told to take [disobedient] thoughts captive. One, I believe our thoughts are directly related to the spirit-realm. Going from what Scripture says, we are to walk according to the spirit. We are to act according to the spirit. And, we are to think according to the spirit.
Take thoughts captive by replacing them with Yah’s Truth.
Practice Thinking About Who’s You Are
“For as he reckons in his life, so is he.” – Proverbs 23:7a
This verse comes in the midst of King Solomon talking about rich men, their delicacies, as well as their evil eye. He was basically saying that as the man thinks, so is he – and, he could say one thing to you but his heart is not in it.
What are you reckoning in your life? In other words, how are you classifying yourself? Your thoughts (and thought process) are number one indicators of your answer to that question.
Thinking about Who’s you are has a way of helping you re-program your thoughts to ones that line up with what the Creator thinks of you.
For We Are Known
“Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or else make the tree rotten and its fruit rotten, for a tree is known by its fruit.”
How is your tree? Are you producing good fruit, or rotten fruit?
In my newest devotional – For We Are Known – I invite you on a journey of s…
Manifest a Powerful New Year
No matter what your previous years held for you, I am believing that you can manifest a powerful new year through the power of positive thoughts. Science proves so much of what Scripture teaches when it comes down to our thoughts carrying the power to manifest good and/or bad.
I will say this though, in all of your practicing to renew your mind, think positive, take thoughts captive, and think about Who’s you are – there is also a level of being still and trusting God to do His part.
Scripture exhibits the practicing of praying and meditating as a link to conquering the mind and thought process, but in this day and age, it’s almost unheard of. Most people don’t slow down enough to it, let alone live it!
Simply put, there are a few key things to keep in mind throughout this process. Remember that:
- Your thought process has the ability to change the nature (wiring) of your brain.
- When you think, you build thoughts, and these thoughts becomes physical substances in your brain.
- You have the ability to “wire out” toxic patterns and replace them with healthy ones.
There are lots of other thought-related versus all throughout Scripture. My prayer is that you will see and harness the truth behind Yah’s timeless Word. What you allow into your mind determines your reality – and ultimately, your legacy. The power is yours.
CHIME IN: What are your thoughts about the new year? Are there any thought processes you need to work on? Let me know in the comments below!