BY REV. DORAL PULLEY
“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusts in thee.” Isaiah 26:3
One of the greatest gifts that God has given human beings is the mind. Different from animals, we can use our minds to make choices and to create. The thoughts that we think with our minds determine the type of lives that we will live. Our thoughts are such a powerful resource. Each thought is energy. Therefore, we can’t afford to let our minds wander. It is important that we channel our thinking energy in a positive direction so that we can experience the very best that life has to offer.
Isaiah, one of the Old Testament prophets, informed us of God’s promise. As long as our minds are on God and our thoughts are directed towards Spirit, we will remain in a state of peace and tranquility. Whenever we are experiencing confusion in our relationships or chaos in our interactions with others, there is value in examining what we have been thinking about and then redirecting our thoughts back to God, the Good Omnipotence.
Whenever we have a health challenge, we can heal ourselves by tracing the sickness, pain, disease, discomfort back to a thought or limiting belief. Then we can remind ourselves of the truth of healing and wholeness and see that health manifestation in our bodies. Whenever we are faced with a financial challenge, let us review the thoughts that led to the condition and let them go. Once we have released the erroneous ideas of lack, limitation and scarcity, we can embrace our birthright of increase, abundance, overflow and more than enough.
Each day that we renew our minds with the Word of God is a day that can avoid surrendering to the negative energy of the world around us. “And be not conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your minds so that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God (Romans 12:2).”
Paul told the people of the Church of Philippi how to think. “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 (Philippians 4:8).” Some people call this brainwashing and mind control because he, under the direction of the Holy Spirit, is telling people what to think about and how to think. However, Paul did not see it that way. He saw it as teaching God’s creation how to stay in a state of peace, power and praise.
This peaceful state of being is a dimension in consciousness that is available to all of humanity because God, who is peace, is inside of us. God is just as close to us as our breath. We access this internal peace through the stillness and the silence and we maintain this peace through our thoughts. “And the peace of God which passes all understanding will keep your hearts and your minds through Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:7).”
Rev. Doral Pulley is the senior pastor of Unity Temple of Truth Church, 511 Prescott St. S, St. Petersburg.