Thoughts

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Last week I saw a black and white bumper sticker with ghoulish-looking type that said , “I do what the voices in my head tell me to do.”  I would hope that the person was just kidding, and that it was just a twisted sense of humor at work.   But judging from the appearance of the person and the other stickers on the car I’m inclined to think he was serious.

 

The spiritual battleground is in the mind. Jesus taught in the Sermon on the Mount that our thought life is the source of our actions.  Therefore, the place to take control of our behavior is in the mind.  The key to taking charge of your destiny is to take charge of your thoughts.  Our minds keep up a constant inner dialogue.  Out of that dialogue comes the attitudes that lead to our actions. 

 

Since our thoughts are influenced so strongly by our feelings they can’t always be trusted.  Proverbs 14:12 says There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.  How can we make sure our thoughts are trustworthy?   How can we decide whether or not to do what the “voices in our heads” tell us?

 

Paul told the Corinthian church, ...We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”   (2 Cor 10:3-5) 

 

The standard by which we can judge the rightness of our thinking is Christ.  If our thoughts and opinions run counter to his teachings they are wrong.  No matter how right or logical they may seem to us, if our thoughts do not conform to the Word of God they are wrong.  God’s word is the standard of truth and transcends any personal thought, opinion or experience.

 

This is one reason why we need to be reading and studying the Bible every day.  We need to make sure our thoughts are obedient to Christ.  We must know what he said, what he thought, and what he taught.  Take charge of your mind.  What are you going to think about today?