Mindset: A Biblical Perspective

Every person is God’s creation. God created us in His image and likeness (Genesis 1:27). Therefore, as God’s reflection, we need to be constantly reminded of how precious and loved we are in His eyes. God’s love for us is unfathomable and His thought for us is for good and not for evil (Jeremiah 29:11). God is constantly thinking about ways to bless us with growth and peace of mind. However, He requires that we not be conformed to this world (Romans 12:2). However, with our fallen nature, we tend to conform to this world and that causes dissatisfaction in our lives.
Nonetheless, God still wants us to have a renewed mind. God wants our minds renewed because what we harbor in our minds are reflected in what we say and what we profess with our mouth affects our whole being. Matthew 12:34 and Proverbs 18:21 remind us that out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks and that life and death are in the power of the tongue respectively. These biblical passages attest to the power of the human mind and the power in the words we speak as it relates to achieving success and fulfillment in life. They also show us the relationship between our mindset and the things we affirm in our lives.
The truth remains that the devil wants our misery but God wants us to have eternal life in Him, “the thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly” (John 10:10, ESV). Therefore, whenever we a clouded with a mindset that is negatively affecting our wellbeing, all we need to do is surrender our burden at the feet of Christ and reject the negativity, “submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you (James 4:7, KJV). Also, as a man thinks in his heart, so is he (Proverbs 23:7). Therefore we are a product of our thoughts. If we have a victim mindset we become victims but if we have a conquering mindset we become conquerors and victors even in the midst of trials. Jesus is the way, He is truth, and He is life and without Him we cannot have a fulfilled life (John 14:16, KJV). Therefore, when our mindset fills us up with lies and negativity we should identify the negativity, argue against them with God’s words, and replace them with God’s truth.
God wants us to be happy and joyful. However, our lives are short of happy because of the various beliefs and misbeliefs we hold unto. Authors, Backus and Chapian state that “beliefs and misbeliefs are the most important factors of mental and emotional life” (p.17). The authors also contend that “our feelings are caused by what we tell ourselves about our circumstances, whether in words or in attitude. What we tell ourselves can be either truth or a lie” (p.17). Therefore, in order to become the happy person God created you to become you have to “locate your misbeliefs, remove them, and replace misbeliefs with the truth” (Backus & Chapian, 2000, p. 15). So, guard the affections of your heart above everything else because the emotional attachments we make determines our life path (Proverbs 4:23).

Backus, W. D., & Chapian, M. (2000). Telling yourself the truth. Minneapolis, MN: Bethany House Publishers.