Has anyone ever said to you “A penny for your thoughts”? They are trying to get an idea of what is going on in that head of yours. The truth is, our thoughts are worth much much more than a penny. They are very valuable. They shape our actions and our life. It is so important to think about what you are thinking about.
We have an enemy. His name is Satan. He is not a cartoon character with horns and a tail dressed in a red union suit and carrying a pitchfork. He is a real, evil force and his main goal is to kill, steal and destroy. (John 10:10) The main tool he uses to do this is to bombard your mind with negative, fear filled thoughts. Just because a thought comes into your mind does not mean it is your thought and it does not mean you have to believe it. You can choose (on purpose) to ignore it – just like you can ignore people when they talk to you.
Use the word of God to weigh you thoughts. If it does not line up with what God says…ignore it. When a negative, fear filled, worrisome thought comes to mind, replace it with what God says about that situation. Do not let the negative thoughts dominate your thinking. Put God’s word in your heart and use it to battle the enemy. This is called renewing your mind. “And be not conformed to this world but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is the acceptable and perfect will of God.” (Romans 12:2)
Contrary to what the Pat Benatar song says, love is not the battlefield – the battlefield is in your mind. We battle against the powers of darkness. (Ephesians 6:12) Jesus taught us how to do this. When he was tempted by Satan in the desert, the only responses Jesus gave were scripture. You can read about this in Luke 4: 1-13.
Renewing your mind and taking control of your thoughts does not just happen. We must spend time in the Word, learning what it says about our situation and then use it to replace all those negative thoughts. You will be amazed at what a difference it will make.
Recommended reading for this week:
Luke 4:1-13, Romans 12:2, Ephesians 4:23, Ephesians 6:12, 2 Corinthians 10:3-5, Colossians 3:15, Philippians 4:8-9 (that’s one passage per day!)
Have a good week and think about what you’re thinking about!