TRANSFORMED BY NEW THOUGHTS
Most Christians have heard Mark 11:23,24 quoted many times. “Whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saitb shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. ‘It is one of the great truths of God.
But did you know this same truth can work in a negative way? Remember when Jesus walked by the fig tree without fruit, and He cursed it saying, “No man eat fruit of thee hereafter for ever” (Mark 11:14)? I used to wonder why Jesus would curse a poor, old fig tree. He was teaching us that faith can work in a negative way also. The next day when the disciples passed the fig tree, they marveled because it was dried up from the roots, but Jesus said, “He shall have whatsoever he saith. ”
Cursing Your Fig Tree Some people have been cursing their fig trees with regard to their weight for many years. “I just can’t seem to lose weight. I came from an overweight family. I guess I will always be fat. I can look at food and gain weight.” Yet, Proverbs 13:2 says, “A man shall eat good by the fruit of his mouth/’ Proverbs 18:20 says, “A man’s belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth.”Paul’s admonition in Romans 12:2 to “be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind” coincides with the truth that our words are creative. If we renew our minds and uplift our thoughts, our words will also be uplifting.
Some words build us up inside. When I am discouraged, or something seems overwhelming to me, I say, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” (Phillipians 4:13). That Scripture reaches down inside me and lifts me up. My posture gets a little straighter, and I know I am going to make it. I have done things I would have sworn were impossible by stepping out in faith on this Scripture.
Some words fill up your soul. Proverbs 27:7 tells us, “A full soul loatheth a honeycomb.” If your soul is full, even a honeycomb (today it might be a Hershey chocolate bar) isn’t tempting. This proverb also warns, “to the hungry soul, every bitter thing is sweet.”
If your soul is hungry, if you feel turmoil inside, you will want to eat everything. Even unappetizing things will seem sweet. When you feel dis couragement emptying your soul, have some food for the soul ready.