Guard Your Thoughts
Our thoughts can be a powerful thing. If you haven't noticed, your thoughts and your emotions have a lot to do with who you are as a person and how you carry yourself. It is important that we take control of our thoughts to make sure we are moving towards something that is Biblical and is worthy of Jesus.
Proverbs 23:7 NKJV
For as he thinks in his heart, so is he. "Eat and Drink!" he says to you, But his heart is not with you.
Our minds can actually be a pretty terrible thing. Our minds can convince us of so many things that often times aren't true and unfortunately, are extremely negative. We have all had times where we think negatively about something. Maybe we think we don't deserve or aren't worthy of something, maybe it is getting caught in the comparison trap, whatever it is, our thoughts can trap us. Jesus is greater than anything our mind can try to convince us of. The trouble is that those thoughts are powerful!!
If we decided to take a look at what is happening in your thoughts, what would we find? Would we find that they are Godly? Or would we find that they are worldly? We all battle with what is in our minds. Mental health is a real problem these days. There is so much to distract us from what is most important. What we find is that our minds will drift and will start to control what happens in our minds and ultimately in our lives.
Your life is consistently moving in the direction of your strongest thoughts
-Pastor Jason Williams
Scripture tells us that we need to be able to direct our thoughts. We have to learn how to be able to capture negative thoughts. Those negative thoughts must be destroyed before they destroy you. Look above at Proverbs verse 27. In the context you see, this is a father giving advice to his son. He is trying to tell his son that what you think of makes up who you are. He is trying to warn him that he will become what he thinks about the most. This wise father is showing his son that it is too easy to get caught up in someone else's possessions. If we get caught up in what other people have, we get caught in the comparison trap and end up not caring enough about the people around us. If we don't control our minds, they will ultimately control us.
We are human and have a sinful nature. It is the whole reason Jesus was sent to walk the Earth. We often think that because we have a sinful nature that we are not worth of God's love or that we have to straighten ourselves out to be able to be saved by Him. We forget that He knows everything. There is nothing that we have ever done or thought or will do or think that He hasn't already paid for. The thoughts we have can lead us away from everything He meant for us when he paid that price on the cross.
2 Corinthian 10:3-5 CSB
For although we live in the flesh, we do not wage war according to the flesh, since the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but are powerful through God for the demolition of strongholds. We demolish arguments and every proud thing that is raised up against the knowledge of God, and we take every thought captive to obey Christ.
We are so fortunate that God's grace is not limited by the failures and struggles we face. God cares about your mental health. Your thoughts can become a prison that will lock you in and keep you from the truth that was meant for you through Jesus. If you don't want your thoughts to destroy you, look to Jesus!!! Fill your mind with things that are leading you towards God and what He wants for you. Steer clear of those negative thoughts and emotions that can keep you away from the beauty of God's grace. Guard your thoughts and keep them in check.
It is a choice we have to make. You have to learn to capture your thoughts like you see in the scripture. Take them captive and make a decision on how you want your thoughts to control your life. We all know that negative thoughts will come. They are natural. What is most important is what you do with those thoughts. Do you let them control you or do you take them captive and let your thoughts be fixed on the will of God??
2 Timothy 1:7 CSB
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but one of power, love, and sound judgment