Well-loved Christian author and Bible teacher Joyce Meyer has written a follow-up to her New York Times Bestseller Battlefield of the Mind titled Power Thoughts: 12 Strategies to Win the Battle of the Mind.

Meyer recently spoke with about how her new book can help people understand how their thought process works and then purposefully inject God’s Word into their everyday thinking. Is this supposed to be a revised version or is it expounding on Battlefield of the Mind?

Joyce Meyer: I like to say Power Thoughts takes Battlefield of the Mind to a new level because it picks up where the first book left off. Back in 1995 when I wrote Battlefield of the Mind, I just had this passion to tell people they didn’t have to believe all the bad things they’d heard or thought about themselves all their life. I wanted them to learn the truth of God’s Word and really believe what it says about them. My goal for Power Thoughts is to help people understand how their thought process works and then purposefully inject God’s Word into their everyday thinking.

It’s so important that we learn to think in line with God’s Word. Proverbs 23:7 says as a man thinks in his heart, so is he. I want people to get a revelation about that scripture. We need to learn how to develop the kind of optimistic outlook that changes our lives for the better. Let’s say Jane has spent her life looking at the glass half-empty and she wants to see it as half-full from now on. Where does she start?

Joyce Meyer: First of all, I want to encourage anybody who’s older and wants to change the way they’ve always thought–you can do it. It’s never too early or too late to start with God.

This year at our women’s conference, Dr. Caroline Leaf, who is a brain expert, explained that the human brain continues to mature until the day you die. That means you don’t have to be stuck in your old thought patterns. You can choose to change the way you think.

Just think of it this way: If you just go on seeing your glass half-empty, you’re expecting things to either remain the same or get worse and your outlook will be negative. But if you make the decision today to focus on the positive, you can look forward to greater enjoyment in every area of your life.

There’s another point I address in the book and it’s that God does not control us. We’re not like robots. God promises to guide us through the Holy Spirit, but He gives us the freedom to make our own decisions. Ultimately, we’re in control of our thoughts and we need to take responsibility for them.

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