The Power of Our Thoughts
For as he thinketh in his heart so is he.Proverbs 23:7
Do you believe God will give us his power to control our thoughts? Does controlling our thoughts enable us to control our emotions, and to actually change our emotions? Can you imagine how life would be if we could control our thoughts and emotions? Our thoughts are either controlled through the power of God, or they are controlled by the world.
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. (Philippians 4:8) Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. (Romans 8:5) These verses are telling us what to think about, to keep our thoughts pure and in accordance with the Spirit. We do this by controlling our thoughts and by changing our thoughts. 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 Corinthians 10:5) From these verses we are told what to think about and how to change our thoughts, thereby giving us control of our thoughts.
Sometimes our thoughts are heavily anchored by our emotions, making the thoughts very difficult to change. Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26) Through the power of God we can change our emotions and our thoughts, and we do this by turning them over to the Lord. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7) Whenever Satan attacks with fearful, angry, or negative thoughts, give them to the Lord and walk in peace as the Lord leads you through each day. This is living in the power of the Lord, and he reveals his power to every one of his children who desires it. He can take away a fearful, angry emotion immediately when we give it to him and confidently walk in peace.
The advantages of controlling our thoughts are: better relationships, walking in Godly wisdom, having freedom in Christ, and having confidence to overcome the world through Christ. When we are finally able to control what we think about, and begin to think with a mind of love and hope, we tend to be healthier. What we think about has a tremendous effect on our physical and mental health, which affects how we feel.
Know that through the power of God you can control your thoughts and emotions. Seek to capture every thought to the obedience of Christ, and take every negative and fearful thought from Satan and turn it over to God. Trust the Lord to fill your mind and heart with peace as you walk through the day as his servant. Think about the powerful advantages that are reaped from being able to control your thoughts and emotions. Be sure to pray for God’s divine power in controlling your thoughts and emotions, because it is his desire for you, and it is his desire for you to be free in Christ. It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. (Galatians 5:1)
Today live in the divine power of controlling your thoughts and emotions and experience what it’s like not to be controlled by the world. Go through the day humble and secure, walking in peace, and exhibiting Godly wisdom with a heart of love. Notice the freedom and rest that your soul experiences; this is how the Lord wants us to live.
Let’s pray: Lord thank you for giving me your power to control my thoughts and to control my emotions. Lord I pray that you will change my emotions to your emotions through the Spirit and I thank you for giving me control through the Spirit. Guide me to reflect this confidence and control from Christ to the world. In Jesus name, Amen