I’m convinced that this battle for the mind won’t quit until this body does. Or until Jesus comes back, whichever happens first. If we don’t remain intentional in the moments, then we will believe a lie and wallow in discontentment.
I was blatantly reminded of the battle last weekend. I had to drive my man’s truck to take my daughter to a birthday party. Seemingly benign, right? But as I pulled up, I had a flashback to high school.
I remembered having to occasionally drive my dad’s big, orange, 1970’s truck into the school parking lot. And all of a sudden, I was seventeen and insecure again.
My husband’s truck isn’t big and orange. It isn’t from the 1970’s. But driving his low-rumbling Ford with the cracked windshield sometimes causes my flesh to rise up. It’s embarrassing to admit.
I’m the one who’s had to walk a journey to thankfulness, laying down material wants and learning contentment with where God has us. My man, on the other hand, doesn’t have a pretentious bone in his body. I love that about him.
But there in that parking lot for a seven-year-old’s birthday party, I was tempted with “seventeen and insecure.”
While in these fleshly bodies, dishonorable thoughts will come
but He’s given us the Sword of His Word to engage the battle. Truth dispels the lies.
Ridiculous thoughts about my worth surfaced. And in that moment I had choice. I could go down the thought trail, believing the lies that defined my worth based upon external possessions. Or, I could choose to meditate on the true things.
I sat in the truck for a minute and acknowledged the feeling. Yep, there’s that old feeling, Lord. And it’s ridiculous.
Then I confessed and chose to think on what He says. Those thoughts are not from You. My worth isn’t tied to what I drive. It’s not defined by what I own. My worth is found in You. And You call me by name.
As I chose to think on true things, eventually the feeling waned, just like He promises. But it reminded me. While in these fallen earthsuits, taking thoughts captive to truth will remain a continual choosing. A continual choosing.
Let’s ask Him today for His vision, that we may see when a thought will only pull us away. Then let’s take those thoughts captive by replacing them with true things. Peace and freedom will flow.
Fill me, Lord…
What ridiculous thoughts have tempted you lately?
How can we actively, practically engage the battle for our thought-lives?