In life, you have to change the way a person thinks before you can change their behaviour. For example, if you want to help someone get out of debt, and to change their spending habits, you have to educate them and change the way they think about money. In just the same way, you can’t have great faith but have negative, ungodly thinking.
1 Corinthians 2:16 (NLT) For, “Who can know the LORD’s thoughts? Who knows enough to teach him?” But we understand these things, for we have the mind of Christ.
Faith is not at the opposite end of the spectrum to intelligence. Jesus had great faith and was keenly intelligent. Faith, perspective, logic, knowledge and behaviour are all closely related. However faith is the only one that can be unlimited. It should be the foundation of our mindset which influences and expands all of these other aspects.
Philippians 4:8 – 9 gives us three keys to develop and maintain a faith mindset, particularly relevant in a world which has so much fear and uncertainty
- Think of the best, not the worst
- Think of the beautiful, not of the ugly
- Think of things to praise, and not to curse.
Faith lifts our perspective to that of a God perspective.