Thoughts = cognition, behaviors = volition and emotions = affections.
And then I just want to point out to those of you who may have some background in therapy that there is something out there called “cognitive therapy.” So there’s a right observation, but then there’s a wrong conclusion.
The right observation is that my thoughts are messed up. And then this is where I’m talking about conforming rather then being transformed. We’ll just change our thinking, and often not even with the truth. We go, “Man, I’m so broken, I can’t overcome this problem. . .”
How many of us are going to buy into the self-esteem movement and go before God and tell Him how great we are? Now, what if what the Scriptures say is actually true, and we’ve got a problem God hates called sin? We’ll look foolish, absolutely foolish.
Was He well treated? No.
But He was obedient to the will of His Father, even to death. That’s success. And again, this is where psychology comes in and starts to taint.
We start to think that we need things we really don’t need. “I need a new car. . . I need a new phone. . .” The Bible says that if we have food and clothing, we should be content. So everything that I need for successful living comes from God.