Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Think About It

Proverbs 15:25     The Lord detests the thoughts of the wicked, but those of the pure are pleasing to Him.

Sometimes my thought life is my greatest enemy. There are some days when it doesn't take much for my mind to wander into places I don't want to frequent. Some of these are familiar difficulties of struggling self-esteem, revisiting old wounds, being haunted by past sins, and exaggerating current circumstances. I can often recognize these old pathways and make the conscious decision to move in a more positive and productive direction. This doesn't always come easily, but the negativity (and sin) that comes from wallowing in it should spur us to do the hard work of transforming. 

God tells us to take every thought captive in an effort to protect us and so that we might increase our devotion to Him through our efforts. While it may seem impossible at the outset of this endeavor, it becomes more manageable with disciplined spiritual training and the increased influence of the Holy Spirit. Our confidence in the promises of God will blossom when we don't allow our mind to dwell on negative & impure thoughts. We will instead experience transformation that leads to lasting life-change.

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