Proverbs 23:7 “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he…” the biblical principle behind this verse is: Your Actions will always follow your Attitude! If you don’t care, you won’t succeed; if you predetermine to fail, then you can expect to fall.
On the other hand, God wants us to try hard, apply ourselves and put forth as much effort as we can. He wants us to keep our head up, our attitude positive and our thoughts on His Word. Christ is able to be the difference you need….let Philippians 4:13 be your thought process: “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”
The verse says I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me; what does this mean and how can we apply it to our lives today? By applying the principles of this verse, you will find the strength to maintain the positive attitude needed to produce the positive actions you are looking for. Here are some encouraging thoughts from this passage:
Christ is our source of strength. The same Jesus that walked on water in Matthew 14, then caused the destructive winds of the Galilean Sea to cease at his command in Mark 4, the same Jesus that healed the man with leprosy instantly in Luke 5, and caused the blind man to see in John 9, he is the same Jesus that died on the cross for our sins, was then put in the grave and three days later came back to life, this is the same Jesus that will one day return to earth to take his children home to heaven and THIS IS THE SAME JESUS that is your strength today! Never doubt him; accept him, trust him and put your full confidence in him, He will never let you down.
I can do all things. Christ strengthens us to do what we cannot. Through Christ working in me, I can do all things. I can make good decisions; I can overcome defeat, doubt and temptation; I can be a godly church member, parent, spouse and friend; I can overcome addictions, fears and worry; through Christ I can love, be kind and show generosity to others; through Christ I can be faithful and fulfill my commitments; through Christ, I can do what needs to be done! Paul wrote this letter not from a luxurious penthouse suite, but from a cold and dreary Roman prison; regardless of his present condition, Paul knew that whether good or bad he could do all things that needed to be done through the strength of Christ which was in him. Whatever you need to do, Christ has the strength to do it!
Through Christ. This means that Christ is the vehicle by which we succeed. HE is the fertile ground in which the plant can grow. He is the water, sun and nutrients that feeds the plant to its maturity. Christ says in John 15:4-5 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. 5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. When we stay with Christ, in Christ and close to Christ; his strength and understanding empower and enable us to achieve our desired destinations. We are productive through Christ and helpless apart from him. Some may doubt their need for Christ, thinking they can succeed on their own. I ask that skeptic to use his own power to make the food he eats to grow out of the ground, let him heal his dying loved one from their death bed, let him recover his strength when he is sick and cannot work to provide for his own. We are limited in our ability but Christ is above all and overall and can never be less than completely perfect in his power and strength. Stay with the power, stay with Christ.
Your actions will always follow your attitude…so love the Lord, read his word and pray daily, go to church and tell others about His goodness. Keep a faithful attitude that obeys Gods every command, listen to the Holy Spirit when he moves you to action and you will grow in the strength of Christ. Your life will be productive and your heart will be at peace. Keep a “Christ-Attitude” and you will find that the right actions will follow.