Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Think About What You Think About

I want to talk about one of the most critical areas of your life and mine—our thought lives. Our thought patterns are controlling us in ways we often do not even realize. Truly we must learn to think about what we think about.

In 2 Corinthians 10:5 Paul says we are to "take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ."  Honestly, we are in a daily battle as to who will control our thoughts. And when we practice this most important principle of bringing every individual thought into captivity—making certain our thoughts stay within biblical guidelines—it is absolutely transformational. Most of your problems and mine begin with wrong thought patterns, and so often we don’t even know it because we don’t think about what we think about.

Philippians 4:8 gives us some clear guidelines for our thought:  "Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things."

The secret to controlling our thought life is for us to agree to these limits and to bring our thoughts into these parameters. Let me illustrate it this way. Many of you have skated on a lovely frozen pond in winter time. You can go anywhere you like on that frozen surface with freedom and pleasure. 

But if you decide you want to skate further than the pond extends, you'll find it a little difficult. Once you leave the frozen surface, your skates will bog down, and you will lose all the freedom you've had on the pond. So, you decide to stay within the boundaries of the frozen pond, knowing that any other decision is foolhardy.

Do you get the picture? God has set boundaries for our thinking, and within those boundaries we have tremendous freedom. When we refuse to stay within those restrictions, we lose our freedom because we become victims of our own thinking.

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