Who is in charge of your thoughts? The television? The internet? A best friend? Dr. Phil? All of these may provide guidance, insight and strong direction. But none of them can actually control your thoughts…that is up to you!
When an athlete takes the field or court the goal is to control their bodies and minds in such a way as to overcome their opponent. A sport team does the same – winning the game means taking the opponent captive by exercising strong and purposeful intentions. These thoughts are played out with overpowering control.
Our thought life requires the same overpowering control. It is not the place for outside influences to determine the outcome. Paul, the apostle, addresses this issue in his second letter to the church at Corinth with these words…
"We take every thought captive so that it is obedient to Christ." 2 Corinthians 10:5
The operative words here are “we take”. We ready ourselves to control our thought world by knowing and obeying the directives of Christ. But that isn’t enough. We must act on it by reeling our thoughts in, by closing the gate, by re-routing our thinking, and by checking ourselves (where we go, what we do and with whom). We are in charge of our thoughts…not having them, but what we do with them as they race across our minds.
PRAYER: Lord, may the filter of self-control be ever present in my life as I take captive unnecessary thoughts. I confess that these have gotten in the way of your divine plan. Please forgive me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
THOUGHTS LIVED OUT SHOULD REFLECT OUR HEART!
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