Last week we talked about “wild” thoughts. I think of these as unruly, reckless thoughts. These types of thoughts need regulation. In his second letter to the Corinthians Apostle Paul said to pay attention to our thoughts and make sure they conform to what God says,
“… fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:4” MESSAGE
Here is a caution though. Taming “wild” thoughts, is not a self-help project. Let’s look at what else Paul says in the same sentence he told us to deal with our thoughts.
We use our powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion, and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ. Our tools are ready at hand for clearing the ground of every obstruction and building lives of obedience into maturity. 2 Corinthians 10:4 MESSAGE
In his letter to the Romans, Paul writes,
Stop imitating the ideals and opinions of the culture around you, but be inwardly transformed by the Holy Spirit through a total reformation of how you think. This will empower you to discern God’s will as you live a beautiful life, Romans 12:2 TPT
This goes back to the middle voice I spoke about earlier.
We can’t do this action without God’s help.
This leads me to the next step that I think is crucial:
Ask God for a replacement thought.
Again, we can’t do this without God’s help. And He wants our partnership. He wants us to ask Him. He wants us to believe the Words He has spoken to us all in the Scriptures. Or as the Message Bible translates the passage in Romans 12,
“Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for Him.” Romans 12
Next time I’ll share with you how we can position ourselves, to receive His inspired thoughts more often.
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