Just because you’ve always been a certain way doesn’t mean you have to keep on being that same person forever. The change you may need to experience will START in your mind. Maybe you’ve heard someone say this before: “Control my thoughts…impossible! These things just pop into my mind, and I can’t get them out.” But, our thoughts don’t just happen; they are the consequence of some outward experience.

Thinking occurs only when we respond to something that we’ve taken into our brains by some means. The only way we can experience something is through one of our senses. For example, think about David. When we are first introduced to him he is described as the youngest of the sons of Jesse, a handsome shepherd boy. But not too long after that, he is described as a bitter king, an adulterer, a murderer. What happened? David experienced something with his eyes that he should not have (II Samuel 11). As sin often does, David’s started “small” and then ended in disaster. Notice the process: he saw (experienced), he thought (desired), and he acted.How can we keep from ending up like David? We need to change the way we are preparing for spiritual success. Job understood that what he saw

How can we keep from ending up like David? We need to change the way we are preparing for spiritual success. Job understood that what he saw affected his thoughts. “I have made a covenant with my eyes; how then could I gaze at a virgin?” (Job 31:1). He prepared himself. How does this play into what we listen to, watch, or otherwise let into our minds? Fortunately, this process can work in a positive way, as well as in a negative way. “Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things” (Philippians 4:8).

Again, notice the process: Prepare for what you will experience. This experience will control your thoughts. These thoughts will determine your heart. Your heart is who you are (Proverbs 23:7), and it will determine what you do. Therefore, it all begins with preparation. Change is hard, but it must begin within us.