God’s train of thought 

Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God” (Romans 10:17). However, in many cases faith comes from hearing but hearing is not by the Word of God. We all have faith in something. We all believe in what we hear especially if it’s repeated. If you keep hearing about death and gloom, your faith is going to be based in negative things. This kind of faith truly is fear. Now we all have basic faith outside of faith in God. For instance, if you go to the ATM, you have faith that money will come out if you have money in the bank. If you buy your favorite doughnut, you have faith that it is going to be delicious. Every time I take the train to go to NYC, I have faith that I will get to Grand Central station without a problem. Now, there have been a number of train accidents on the line that I take in the past couple of years. I still have faith that my train ride is going to be fine. If I kept listening to the reports of all the accidents my faith could turn into fear and I could decide to stop taking the train. Faith makes us go but fear paralyzes us. Faith in the Lord can take us to another level but fear of the unknown can keep us home. Faith and fear come fromwhat we hear and grow in our mind and in our heart. If you hear something positive or negative, you then think about it for a while and it will develop into faith or fear. Your thoughts can lead you into either direction. It’s like following a train of thought. You’ve probably heard the expression “to lose your train of thought.” It means to digress or to depart from what you were thinking. Let’s think of thoughts as a train. There is the head of the train, the main car, where the driver is and all the wagons attached to the it. The main car is where the thoughts originate. The wagons represent what you do with the thoughts. You can either believe in them or dismiss them. If you believe in the thoughts, they are going to be part of that long train. Every time you think of that thought it’s going to show up in one of the cars of your train of thought. Jesus is the King of faith and positive thoughts. His train is amazing and it is filled with truth in every car. It is a long train of positivity and hope. He is asking you to follow Him and get on His train of thought. He wants you and me to jump on His train and follow His lead. He doesn’t want to leave us on the platform and wave at us from a distance. He expects us to be right there with Him and agree on the way He sees things. His desire is for faith to be driving our train. The Lord would like for us to be secure and confident that His train will get us to our destination and it’s not going to derail. If we are on board with Him but our train derails, our mind is the main cause. He is stable and He never goes astray. No matter what you hear today, no matter where your mind is trying to take you, decide to jump on the bandwagon of the Lord and stay in faith. Let Jesus and His Word be the drivers of your train. The Bible calls us to believe and not doubt in James 1:6; “But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.” Are you on board with that?
Suggested reading: Proverbs 4:23; Mark 11:24; Ephesians 4:22-32; James 1:6

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