When we relive the same problems, sin, behaviors, we usually need to look no further than our thoughts. Thoughts control a person’s life, as it is written:
“For as he thinks in his heart, so is he…”
For instance, when we think like a sinner, we are most likely to become one. When we think like a righteous person, we are most likely to become one. Jesus our Lord teaches us that the thoughts of the heart and mind are the inspiration of a person’s behaviors and actions (Mat.12:34-35,15:15-20).
Innumerable reasons can generate thoughts into our minds and hearts. However, our life experience on earth and the truth of God are in a constant battle against one another, which molds how we mainly think.
Whether we possess godly or ungodly thoughts,
we become slaves of what we choose to obey.
Sadly nowadays, it is more natural and more comfortable to mainly choose ungodly thoughts over godly thoughts due to our past, trials, traditions, emotions, desires, evil escalating, ungodly surroundings, and etc.
Making Our Thoughts Obedient To Christ
As ungodly thoughts prompt us to assume the worst about ourselves rather than the expectation of faith in Christ, we must take our thoughts to captive and make it obedient to our Lord Christ before it performs great harm.
- To be carnally minded, it means to have an appetite that incites to sin.
- To be spiritual-minded, on the other hand, means having an appetite after the divine nature of our Lord Christ.
The cravings of our thoughts demand gratification. We must, therefore, be proactive about what we allow to reign in our hearts and minds.
And the only way we can achieve it is if we believe that we are not victims of our mindsets as we would like to convince ourselves. According to 1 John 4:4-5, we are granted power from above to resist and to overcome any ungodly thoughts that seek to govern our lives.
Our Hearts & Minds Turned Into A Battlefield
Thus, Jesus calls us to believe in the truth about ourselves and our circumstances, no matter the setbacks or how we may feel. He commands us to be strong and courageous and to be joyous in all circumstances.
God told Joshua: “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Jos1:9NKJV
When God commands Joshua to “be strong and of good courage,” it signifies that Joshua had to be immovable and persistent in God’s calling. As written: “…he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind… he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.” Jam1:6-8NKJV
Joshua or us can stay immovable and persistent in God’s calling by following the instructions that God gave to Joshua saying:
“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” Jos.1:8NKJV , Read also 1 Cor.15:58NKJV.
Moreover, while it is true that we are no longer “under” the terms of the law “written on tablet stones,” we can easily recognize that the law “written upon the heart” cannot succeed alone.
How To Possess Self-Control
With that being said here are a few things that we will need to practice the passage mentioned above faithfully:
- We must find delight in God’s commandments; hence, we learn that the company of ungodliness, whether in the form of thoughts or persons, brings us to neglect God’s Word. (Ps.1:1-2, Jn.14:23)
- We must immerse ourselves in God’s commandments and learn to cease from engaging in useless things. (Ps. 119:15, 1 Sam.12:21, Phil.4:8-9)
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