You Are What You Think You Are – Part 1 – April 6th, 2014

Dearly Beloved
 
Who are you? No really, who are you? The Bible says “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he” (Proverbs 23:7).
 
Does that describe you? Do you shudder when you realize what it is that controls your thoughts and realize that you have to admit that you are what your heart is? Or, is it a realization that brings you joy? So again, “Who are you?”
 
You may have come across this old fable about a farmer who found an eagle’s egg, took it home and put it in a nest of his barnyard hens. With the passage of time, the eagle, along with the brood of chicks, hatched and they all grew up. All its life, this eagle lived like the other barnyard chicks, doing what they did while thinking and believing that it was a barnyard chicken. So like all the barnyard chicks, it scratched the earth for food, be it seeds, insects, worms, bits and pieces of grain. It clucked and cackled, (or at least it tried to believe it was). And when it came to flying, it tried, thrashing its wide wings up a couple of feet in the air only to come crashing down.
 
After some years the eagle grew very old. One day it saw a magnificent bird flying above, high, high, high in the cloudless sky. This amazing bird glided in graceful majesty, taking advantage of the powerful wind currents, without as much as flip or a flap, or a beat of its strong, wide, golden wings. The earth-hugging old eagle looked up in awe. “Who’s that?” it asked. “That’s the eagle, the king of the birds,” said its neighbour. “It belongs to the sky. We belong to the earth; we’re the race of chickens.” Still looking at the eagle that kept soaring effortlessly above in the sky, the chicken-eagle lived and died a “chicken,” for that’s what it thought it was: a chicken.*
 
While I am not promoting the following, it appears to me that this chicken-eagle never heard of Psycho‑Cybernetics, a self-image, self-help approach to self development. While it is about self-development, self-affirmation and mental visualization, Psycho‑Cybernetics is also about setting goals.** The importance of goal-setting and recognizing who you are and who’s you are is what I’m getting at here. Who’s are you? Do you belong to yourself?
 
Let me ask you some other questions. Are you born again? If you are, are you living like one? Are you aware that you are a child of King Jesus? Very soon, the greatest event in the history of man will be celebrated or commemorated. Now, I’m referring to the betrayal, crucifixion, death, burial, and the triumphant resurrection of King Jesus. That makes you a prince if you are born again. Christ sacrificed Himself so that you (and me too) will no longer be or think and believe that you are a chicken. In reading this devotional, be renewed by the transforming of your mind. The resurrection makes you more than you are; it makes you a new creation. Your body is now the temple of the Holy Spirit who resides in YOU. Amen!
 
So, if that is the case, then why would you live among and live like chickens, do what they do, swear when they swear, covet because they covet, fornicate because they do, commit adultery because they do, steal because they steal, cheat because they cheat, lie because they lie? As a child of the King you don’t have to live as a chicken when you could and should be flying as an eagle and with the eagles. “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he” says our verse. Let me round this up with another old and similar but equally true saying; it goes like this: “You are not what you think you are, but what you think, you are.”
 
Palm Sunday is approaching and so beloved, start preparing yourself for a renewed or a new life. Let this year’s commemoration of Christ’s death be the beginning of a new life for you. Mark 16:4 says that “the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away“. If you are thinking that you are a chicken, then let that stone of deceit be rolled away from you.  As a child of God, you are not.
 
Proposed prayer: “Dear Heavenly Father, even though You are up above, I know You live in me, because I have accepted You as my Saviour. Yes, You are down here with me, providing for me, protecting me, praying for me. Please help me to wait upon You so that my strength will be renewed, so that I can mount up with wings as eagles and run and not be weary, walk and not faint. Thank You for hearing and answering my prayer in Jesus’ name. Amen!”
 
Have a wonder-filled week and keep your eyes on the Lord and your heart on His Word.
*Anthony DeMello from A 4th Course of Chicken Soup for the Soul. Copyright 1997 by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Hanoch McCarty and Meladee McCarty.
 
** The techniques of Psycho-Cybernetics is attributed to Maxwell Maltz who wrote a book on it. The book is a combination of cognitive behavioural techniques of teaching a person how to regulate his/her self-concept.  As a plastic surgeon, Maltz noticed that often after his surgeries, his patients were not appreciative of his work. Their expectations were not met so he adopted an approach where he introduced the concept of setting goals of a positive outcome through visualization of that positive outcome.

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