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Sunday, October 24, 2010

Captivating Thoughts

We live in a world that grows harsher by the day. Some days, it’s a wonder that any of us get out of bed. Perhaps it’s a tendency of human nature, but human beings seem to focus only on the negative aspects of life. Think about it. How often is your first thought, “Hey, the car won’t start, but I’ve got so many things to be thankful for”?

If we are to live like biblical Christians, we are to think like Christ.

That is singular in itself, but consider what it means to think like Christ. He was mobbed on a daily basis. Desperate, poor, pawing people swarmed around Him like gnats. Yet, He was never morose, or negative in His outlook. He did not see limits or meager crumbs given to the never-ending throng of need. He saw only God’s limitless potential to heal, set a right, transform, and regenerate what Satan destroyed.

He controlled every thought—taking it captive, Paul calls it—and made each thought obedient to God. If you’ve ever tried it, you know how difficult it is. If you’ve never tried it, give it a go. For one full minute, think nothing but godly thoughts. Let no other thought enter your busy craniums.

Painful. I know.

Yet, it is to this obedience that God calls each of us. Pray for me as I endeavor to continue bringing every thought captive. I trust God to give you the courage and strength to achieve a godly thought processes. With His strength, I can do it; so can you!


Roger said...

As always, thanks for your encouraging (compelling!) words. They dovetail nicely with "The Me I Want to Be" by John Ortberg which I've been listening to on Audible. God is hitting me from all sides, and I'm OK with that. Not feeling surrounded, rather loved, cared for by a loving God.

Debbi said...

God is good at teaching, correcting, and still making us aware that we are completely loved.

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