So much happens between our ears. Some of us are accused of not thinking enough and others of over-thinking everything. Which are you?
Just as our heart is revealed by our words so our thought life can have a powerful effect on every part of our life. If our thought life is un-disciplined then we can find ourselves in all kinds of mischief. James Allen wrote a book a century ago titled ‘As A Man Thinketh’. Few know that this thought is found in scripture. Proverbs 23:7 says ‘As a man thinks, so is he.’ This is our first Promise to glue to the problem of our thoughts. Knowing the power of our thinking is key. Reminding ourselves that the thoughts bouncing around in our minds are literally defining our character is a sure-fire way to begin to control those thoughts.
Just as we are physically in a spiritual war, we are also warring within our own thinking. Pride, arrogance, shame, fear, anger…these all start in our thoughts. Paul wrote about this war in 2 Corinthians 10:3-7. Verse 5 is a reminder and a promise that we can (and must) take our thought life captive: ‘Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.’ Take your thought life captive through prayer. Take your thought life captive through discovering things in your thoughts and heart that exalt anything other than God.
Our private thoughts will eventually lead to physical and often public action. We are poorer than we think at playing the hypocrite. That second face that covers what is going on within is often too thin and reveals our inner workings. What if we shattered that mask and lived authentically and genuinely. What if the knowledge of God ruled our thought life? As you think…you will be!