Thoughts matter

November 9, 2016 by  
Filed under newsletter-miscellaneous

“Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;” 2 Corinthians 10:5

Have you ever noticed that it’s not always easy to let our minds rest? Our outer body might be resting while our minds head full speed in various directions. Our thoughts can head down a pleasant track and steam roll into out-of-control fantasies, or head down a track of worry, bitterness, discontent, covetousness, pride, etc.–all disguised, of course, in good-sounding terms. Fantasies are often couched as future goals or dreams, worry as concern/responsibility, bitterness as a right response to injury, discontent as a natural response to suffering–we’re experts at renaming our thoughts to make them sound good.

We often need a good application of the “breaks of truth” to stop our destructive “thought trains” and get us back on the track of truth. The truth is that no matter what’s going on in our life, Jesus fought the battle with sin and triumphed, and He offers us His victory. There will be pain. People will hurt us. Circumstances will disappoint us. But God is with His children in it all–He chose to enter this fallen world and bear the cross. And one day Jesus is returning to take those who have trusted Him to a world of eternal joy, where tears cannot enter.

So here are two “thoughts on thoughts” to ponder:

1) Jesus’s death took the punishment for every evil thought and deed. There’s no need to sugar-coat sin. Instead, we’ll find freedom in admitting our sin, recognizing that Jesus claimed it as His own (1 Peter 2:24), and knowing that if we believe in Him, then His righteous thoughts and deeds are credited to our account (Romans 4:23-25).

2) What we put into our mind–the things we see, hear, and read–are like coal in our “thought burners,” encouraging us to head down a track of truth or one of lies. What kind of inputs are in our lives? Sin is very deceitful, and we all need help fighting it. “But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.” Hebrews 3:13

“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” Philippians 4:8

– christian perspective

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