I used to think that my thoughts were something that just happened to me, as if they flew into my mind like birds into a tree and I could not control them. It wasn’t until I received the Lord and saw what the Bible teaches on the subject that I realized we can take charge of our thoughts. In fact, we are instructed to do so.
You may not be able to control every thought that flies into your mind, but you can control how long it perches there. You can decide whether that thought is passing through or it’s nesting. Your thoughts affect your entire life. That’s why you must take charge of them and not allow any birdbrained ideas to control you. The enemy of your soul will do whatever it takes to get inside your mind with his lies. The only way to fight his lies is with the truth of the Word. ” Let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light” (Romans 13:12).
Paul said to the Corinthians, “I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ” (2 Corinthians 11:3). “God is not the author of confusion, but of peace” (1 Corinthians 14:33).
We can “put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness” (Ephesians 4:24).
The more you know God-by reading His Word and spending time with Him in prayer and worship-the more you can discern what thoughts are of Him and what thoughts are either from your flesh or the enemy. We can put the Holy Spirit in charge of our mind.
Lord, help me to cast down every thought I have that is not to glorify You. Enable me to bring my thoughts into obedience to You and Your ways. I know it is “You who test the righteous and see the mind and heart” (Jeremiah 20:12). In Jesus’ name I pray.
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