In order for us to pursue the truth of God, we must be intent on having God's Word fill our minds.
The battle takes form in the thoughts that shape our minds. Jesus' command to 'make disciples' targets the need to reshape our minds and lives around God's truth in Christ. Meditation on the Word of God is crucial to keeping our mind on the Lord. This is the same reason we are to 'pray always.' As we keep our minds fixed on the Lord and His purpose, there is less chance of listening to thoughts that call us away from trusting the Lord.
Importance of Mind Control (Romans 8:6)
"For the mind set on the flesh is death,
but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace,"
If our minds are left to themselves, they will always default to the flesh. However, as God's children with His Word fresh in our hearts, minds and wills, the Spirit enables us to live bold lives of faith! This is the reason that Christian disciplines of Bible reading, memorization and especially meditation are so important to a healthy Christian life.
Take every thought captive
On the affirmative side, every thought that we think must be subject to Christ. It must be in accord with the Truth of God's Word. Jesus Christ summarized His ministry by holding to the word of God. Jesus' teaching becomes for us a chart for obedient living. All His teachings point us to obedience towards God.
Controlling Your Thoughts
1. Put scripture in our mind
2. Get rid of idols
3. Living a right life.
Check our appetite, desires, wants Covetousness reveals an idol's arms because we try to secure things that God hasn't given to us.
"Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish, but to fulfill. "For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass away from the Law, until all is accomplished. (Matthew 5:17-18).
Paul clearly states in Philippians 4:8 that our mind is only to dwell on the good, pure and right.
Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things.
In fact, all the lies are founded on distrust of God and His Word. They always direct us to do otherwise than God would instruct us. This is the reason the advice to think the opposite to what you are thinking to discover the way of God is quite good.
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