Control Your Thought Life!

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How’s your thought life?

Did you know what you think about greatly influences your feelings and your actions? To feel right and act right, then pay attention to your thought life. When you control your thought life, you’ll not only feel and act like the Christian that God wants you to be, you’ll please your Father. 

Thought Life and Truth

In fact, Philippians 4:8 commands us to think on whatever is true.

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

Our thought life must begin and end with the foundation of truth set forth in Scripture. “Thy Word is Truth” (Psalms 119:160). The principles of Scripture must under gird what we think AND the very motivations for thinking it! Deep in your heart, what motivates you? A desire for security, comfort, pleasure, approval?

Thought Life and Satan’s Lies

Satan wants to scoop up truth before it can take root in our lives because he knows truth will change us.
Truth destroys Satan’s power in our lives and makes us mighty in the Lord. When we ignore God’s truth and believe Satan’s lies about who God is and who God designed us to be, we fall into fearful thinking, or even panic. We find ourselves powerless to think as the Scripture models for us.
Only by embracing the truth of Scripture can we break free from ungodly thinking patterns of fear, pride, anger, condemnation, self-pity, and so on.

Thought Life and Experiences

In our culture, the tendency is to skip truth and go after experience. Sometimes we believe our experience is truth and we don’t choose to act by faith on what Scripture teaches is truth. We falsely conclude that our circumstances are unique (1 Cor. 10:13) and that God cannot help us deal with our situations or pain.
Our false conclusions are contrary to the Bible’s truth.

God promises to be faithful and never forsake us. He promises victory as we obey His Word. He has given us multiple examples in Scripture of people just like us who have worked through all kinds of difficult circumstances in a way that glorified God and brought great peace and joy to the believers.

Consider Peter, David, Tamar, Rahab, and Moses. Each of them had difficulties. What difficult circumstance have you faced this week? What lies were you tempted to believe?

QUESTION: What truth about God and His promises do you need to embrace today?

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