3 kinds of thinking: self-directed, distorted, & Spirit-prompted

There are 3 currents streaming in human consciousness: 1) choice, 2) confusion, and 3) conscience. Choice is self-directed thinking; confusion is distorted thinking; and conscience is Spirit-prompted thinking.

Confusion (distorted thinking) entered the human race when choice began to override conscience. When self-directed thinking ignores Spirit-prompted thinking, it leads to distorted thinking. When self-directed thinking submits to Spirit-prompted thinking, confusion is replaced by inner peace.

When Adam and Eve chose to disobey God and to eat the fruit of “the tree of the knowledge of good and evil,” mankind fell away from God’s Spirit. Distorted thinking stays distorted, no matter how often or how loud it is presented (or how faithfully it is followed).

When choice regularly overrides conscience, thinking is distorted and falls into bondage to self-destructive attitudes and habits. Self-directed thinking (choice) can never fully overcome doubt and confusion, but Spirit-led thinking releases a preponderance of inner peace.

The inner pain and confusion that occurs when choice trumps conscience is called guilt. Conscience (Spirit-prompted thinking) drives out confusion by simplifying choice to either “obey or disobey.”

Self-directed thinking tends to move toward narcissism and a distorted ego. Spirit-prompted thinking always moves in the direction of truth and humility.

Self-directed thinking and Spirit-prompted thinking often contradict each other and then we must choose which one to follow and which one to quench. When choices become habitual and we become unaware that our self-directed thinking is overriding our conscience, we get stuck in guilt. The best use of choice is to overcome confusion and guilt, by choosing to follow your conscience.

Is time a timebomb or a timeout? When spent in self-directed thinking it can devastate; in Spirit-prompted thinking, refresh and heal.

Spirit-prompted thinking renews your consciousness and makes you aware of many amazing, unseen things. Spirit-prompted thinking realizes that sometimes we need to sit and wait so we don’t interrupt God while He sets up our next steps. You can jumpstart Spirit-prompted thinking by humbly reading the Bible, with an open heart, everyday. If your life feels empty, the One who left behind an empty tomb, can fill it.

About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @ http://amzn.to/2nCr5dP
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