A few days ago I shared how scheduling my time helps me be “all there.” But often I find that even with a schedule I still have a war waging in my mind.
The thoughts pull at me, nagging with a long list of “things I could be doing.” And if I’m not diligent to take those thoughts captive, then I miss the moment. I miss the person in front of me. I miss the opportunity to love.
Everything begins with a thought. If love doesn’t somehow define our ponderings, then love won’t spill out of our mouths. If blessing doesn’t fill our minds, then blessing won’t fall from our lips.
Paul teaches that as believers we have the weapons mighty in God for bringing every thought captive to obedience. (see 2 Corinthians 10:3-6) Every angry thought. Every bitter thought. Every envious thought. Every lustful thought. Every. Thought.
It’s not that the thoughts won’t come — while in these fleshly bodies the thoughts will come — but in Christ we have choice as to what captivates our minds. He died to set us free.
We don’t have to live chained to our every whim. We don’t have to chase after thoughts of dissention or bow to the worry and fear. We have the weapons mighty in God to bring those thoughts into the obedience of Christ.
Mighty in God.
Let’s engage the battle.
This is the first post in a short series on the thought life — more specifically how to have victory in our thought lives. This is freedom talk, friends. Freedom.
Fill me, Lord…
How have you seen the battle of the mind waging in your own life?