We think. We feel. We choose. If God tells us to take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ; then it must be possible. We have not practiced it. Some of us tend to be a little on the negative side because we allow our minds to think negatively. Over time we develop that habit and then the habit turns into a pattern.
This pattern is how we process every thought that comes into our minds. It is at the core of our being. All of this effects what we say and do. The mind has the power to change the way the brain operates.
If God has given us love, power and a sound mind; then why do many of us choose not to exhibit those attributes? Acts 17:28 says, “in Him we live and move and have our being”. Has anyone who knows you well said to you, “I know what you are thinking.” My husband and I do that all the time. Why? …because we’ve been around one another for so long. Can we do it all the time? Absolutely not. Only God knows our every thought. Do you know His thoughts? His ways and thoughts are higher than ours. We can know His thoughts by what’s in His Word.
1 Corinthians 2:16 says; “We have the mind of Christ.” We all think differently because we were created to be different. God gave us free will and designed us to have fellowship with Him. In order to have the mind of Christ; again we’ve got to pour God’s Word into our minds and hearts.
God made each of us unique, in His design. We truly are fearfully and wonderfully made. We become what we meditate on.
Dr. Caroline Leaf says, “An attitude is a cluster of thoughts with emotional flavor and every type of emotion has one of only two roots: love or fear.”
Stress is toxic to our bodies and our brains. It literally reduces blood flow and oxygen to the brain and potentially puts us at risk for cardiovascular issues. According to 1 John 4:4 “Greater is He who is in you than He who is in the world.” Dr. Leaf states that God has given you the ability to break free from any toxic pattern. He wants you to choose love over fear. The choice is yours.
Prayer in Motion:
Lord, may I choose to think thoughts after You, no matter what’s going on in my life. I want to remember Your promises are yes and amen. I pray I will choose to believe Your Word in the midst of suffering, disappointment and even in tragedy.