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    What Was I Thinking

    What Was I Thinking? October 26, 2021 Tom Linderman
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    What Was I Thinking?

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    2 Corinthians 10:3-5  “For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds.  We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ,”

    The battles we are called to fight today are not like the Israelites conquering the Promise Land.  It is not a physical battle that involves artillery, many have called it a battle for our mind.

    In this brief devotional, I encourage you to think about how well we are at capturing and directing our thoughts.

    Proverbs 4:20-22 “My son, be attentive to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. Let them not escape from your sight; keep them within your heart.  For they are life to those who find them and healing to all their flesh.”

    There seems to be a powerful connection between how we think and how we feel. Thoughts run through our heads and we choose to pay attention to them and often correct them.  Many  depressed people recite to themselves sayings like “It never works out for me” or “I not good enough, so why try?”

    At the beginning of many classes, students sometimes think “I’m not smart enough” or “this is too hard!”  At that moment, a choice must be made, either to let that thought overwhelm and discourage them, or the choice to confront it with truth, such as “I may not understand it now, but I will eventually!”

    The opposite of Proverbs 4:20-22 would mean that if you do not pay attention to what the Bible says, there is a great risk of uncaptured rogue thoughts that can lead to anxiety, worry, and depression.  Living in a state of constant stress leads to other health conditions that shorten life and spiral emotionally downward day after day.

    Hardening of the arteries has many factors, but a heart that has become hard is a heart that has rejected the knowledge of God and is not surrendered to Christ.

    Defeat comes when giving up the fight. Victory comes when we “take every thought captive to obey Christ”

    We are told to cast our anxiety on Christ, that through Him we can find a peace that passes understanding and discover healing for mind and body.  Being aware of our thoughts can bring blessed victory throughout life’s many battles.

    Lord, help me to be transformed by the renewal of my mind so that I might follow your will all my days.

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