What Were You Thinking?

Philippians 4:8 “Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.”

Thank the Lord nobody we know really can read someone’s mind.  Recently, I was watching a rerun of a Superman episode.  Even as a young boy, he had the capacity to read multiple minds and hear what everyone was thinking. I’m sure to do so would create a great advantage, but it would also be a tremendous curse.

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The reality is that you and I are well served by the fact that nobody can read our minds. It’s not that everything we think is evil, but there’s no doubt that we all think of things that are not necessarily true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, or admirable.  There’s a struggle that goes on in each of us that contends for our thoughts and mind.

We like to think that our ultimate decision of conduct or speech defines us, but the truth is we’re already defined by our thoughts. Our hearts are either fed or poisoned by our thoughts. When our conduct might be different than our thoughts, we create an inner struggle within ourselves that is anything but peaceful.

This is why the Scripture tells us that we should place great emphasis on controlling our thoughts and centering them on what is “true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable.”  You see, if we can fix our thoughts on the good things of God, it keeps an open channel of communication between us and God as well as through the Holy Spirit.

When we place our thoughts on things that are not good and righteous, it’s almost as though we’re turning the switch off of communication between ourselves and the Holy Spirit.

Before you even get started, you are in effect derailing your daily walk with the Lord when you allow your thoughts to drift to things that are not true, right, and pure.  So how do we win?

My suggestion is that you pinch yourself!  Anytime you find your thoughts drifting to things that are not good, righteous, and pure, give yourself an emotional or even a physical pinch.  Then remind yourself through immediate speech with God, thanking Him for his blessings in your life and affirming your attention to the Spirit.

There’s no doubt that this is not an easy path following Christ, but it begins with your thoughts.

Have a blessed weekend!

~Dean Burnetti

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