Left to ourselves; we will begin to speculate and have all sorts of vain imaginations. Our flesh is strong and whatever is false, un-noble, unjust, un-pure, unlovely, of bad report, non virtuous and condemning; these are the things we will dwell on. Unfortunately; it is our automatic default button.
The Greek Word for dwell on is logizomai. It means compute, take into account, reckon, reason to a logical conclusion, consider, credited, conclude.
I’ve been guilty of allowing my thoughts to run away. Those thoughts loom larger than life; as they produce speculation to the tenth power. We allow ourselves to become laden down with our runaway thoughts. They become our master; as we trust in them; rather than practicing “taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.”
The verb “practice” in Philippians 4:9 is present tense imperative. For those of you who hated English, bear with me for a minute. Present tense imperative means continually, habitually, a call to a long term commitment, to be one’s continual lifestyle.
Do you want to learn to control your thoughts, to bring them into submission? Our thought life can reduce us to the sum of them. Proverbs 23:7 declares; “As a man thinks in his heart; so is he.” God wants you to be kept in perfect peace according to Isaiah 26:3. That can only happen when our mind is stayed on Him.
It’s called discipline. What are you pouring into your mind? I promise; if you will meditate upon this passage and ask God to convict you when those runaway thoughts try to control you; He alone will bring those thoughts into submission. Then you will begin to replace them with whatsoever is true, noble, just, pure, lovely and of good report.
Prayer in Motion:
Dear Lord; I cry out to You for forgiveness, for all the times I’ve allowed my runaway thoughts to control me. Thank You for teaching me and training me to take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. This is Your will and Your plan, so that I might walk in peace. In Jesus Name. Amen