As I surfaced from sleep this morning (Saturday) I found myself teaching on “The Movie in my Head.” Over and over the words, “change the movie” came to the forefront of the message. I believe this is a specific word for us and thought I would share that today. It also fits with the series on heartfelt prayer.
How aware are you of the “movie” that constantly takes place in your mind? Are you aware that there is a continual conversation with imagery taking place? This is the “movie” of your life and you are the main character, as everything in it is connected to you. There are many other characters in the “drama” of your life and how you respond to the “voices” in your head determines the outcome of your decisions.
Your thoughts and the way you think is very important. Some thoughts flit through your mind without much of a consequence, like what to eat for dinner, but then there are those that involve the circumstances of your life and your relationships with others. These thoughts are active and the more you think on them the deeper they penetrate into your heart, activating or triggering your emotions.
Once your emotions have been triggered, they spring up like a fountain of water from within you and flow out of your mouth. Emotionally charged words carry within them the power to create life or death. Hence it becomes very important that you learn to control what or how you think and to guard your heart.
Proverbs 4:23 Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.
Notice what God says here – ABOVE ALL ELSE – in other words there is nothing more important in your life than the following statement – GUARD YOUR HEART – for it is the wellspring of LIFE.
How do you guard your heart? What and where is your heart? If we don’t understand the heart how can we guard it?
In Proverbs 4:20-27 God is specifically talking above heeding His Words and the heart is right in the middle of this discourse. The heart and words are intricately woven together in the marvellous way God designed us and in how we connect to the world around us.
In Matthew 4:24 Jesus tells His disciples to, “Pay close attention to what you hear. The closer you listen, the more understanding you will be given – and you will receive even more.
To pay close attention to something means to look at it with intent and to understand what is being said. Why? Because the words you listen to form the conversations in your mind and produce thoughts that tend towards fear or faith. The more you meditate (pay attention to and ponder) on the “movie” in your mind the stronger the connection to your heart becomes, and like an orchestra reaching a crescendo, the “movie” becomes so dramatic and full of emotion that a torrent of words gush from your mouth releasing all the creative power of life or death into your world.
Here’s the wonder of it all – you get to choose the “movies” that play out in your mind. Intensely negative thoughts produce fear and unbelief and intensely positive thoughts produce faith and hope. Either one will stir up emotions and the emotions will release the words that contain the creative power to bring into manifestation the desires of your heart.
Consider what kind of movies are playing out their saga in your mind. If it is not what you desire and hope for – CHANGE THE MOVIE! Entertain thoughts that line up with what you want and desire. Create the movies that will ignite your heart with faith and hope causing the wellspring of life to pour out living water into the world around you.
Tomorrow we will look at how to change the movie 😊!
It’s going to be an awesome week!
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