“We are what we think” is contrary to the philosophy of this world system in which external conditions are proposed to rationalize and justify the motivations and actions of individuals and groups. That is not surprising, as Satanic thought and policy are always opposite to what is revealed in Scripture.
Clichés commonly heard and attributed to the Bible are nowhere to be found in God’s Word. For example – “God helps those who help themselves” is in direct contradiction to the Biblical passages that speak of God as the God of the helpless. Job, that ancient believer and contemporary of Abraham, knew well the adverse circumstances that come in life which render one helpless … “for man is born for trouble, as sparks fly upward. But as for me, I would seek God, and I would place my cause before God; who does great and unsearchable things, wonders without number” (Job 5:7-9 NASB). After describing various adversities that come upon mankind, he concludes … “so the helpless has hope” (Job 5:16 NASB).
The forty-first Psalm opens with these beautiful lyrics … “How blessed is he who considers the helpless; the LORD will deliver him in a day of trouble. The LORD will protect him, and keep him alive, and he shall be called blessed upon the earth” (Ps 41:1-2 NASB). The perspective in this passage is God working within His divine will. The psalmist continues … “And do not give him over to the desire of his enemies. The LORD will sustain him upon his sickbed; in his illness, Thou dost restore him to health” (Ps 41:2-3 NASB). Some look at this passage and demand that God heal, or that God deliver from some trouble and acquiesce to their bidding. Perhaps such individuals have forgotten … “for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose” (Phil 2:13 NIV).
The Apostle Peter gives the believer in Christ the correct attitude and course of action concerning any care regardless of its degree of complexity and severity …“casting all your anxiety upon Him, because He cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7 NASB). Note that three letter word “all.” It is often overlooked or ignored and to do so brings negative consequences. No greater evidence of this is in the fallen condition of every individual who enters the human race. All mankind is born with a sin nature and therefore commit acts of sin. The religious man, trusting in his good works and religiosity for salvation, is just as condemned before God as the grossest of unbelievers. Both lack faith in the Person of Christ and His Work on the Cross.
Had not the prophet Isaiah presented man’s helpless spiritual condition when he posed the question … “how then can we be saved? All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags” (Is 64:5b-6a NIV). Such a thought goes counter to man’s nature that seeks to attain favor with God though his own efforts -- he erroneously believes that he has to help God.
The Apostle Paul takes to task this religious unbeliever who through his supposedly righteous acts seeks to obtain right standing with God. Such a person is helpless if keeping the Law cannot save, and it cannot as Paul declares … “but now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus” (Rom 3:21-24 NIV). The remedy for man’s hopeless spiritual condition is Jesus Christ. The apostle concludes with the good news … “you see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly” (Rom 5:6 NIV).