Mind Over Matter

February 16, 1997

2 Corinthians 10:3-5 – For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.

Imagination. What a wonderful thing. Just close your eyes and imagine you are somewhere else, like in Hawaii, or someone else, like a millionaire. Imagine the fun, the money, the excitement. Imagine how great it would be if only you weren't who you are. If you didn't have to do that job, or cook that meal, or clean the car, or wash the dog. Imagine!

All innocent right? Not always. Many people imagine, or think, they are worthless. They think they cannot do something, are not worthy of something, and therefore, don't do it. Small, petty frustrations and grievances caught up in your imagination can build up until they are consuming your thoughts and driving your actions.

How many times have your own thoughts and ideas, played out silently inside your mind, controlled what you said or how you acted? Has anyone ever had to speak to you twice because you were caught up in your own thoughts? Take a minute and think about it, or better yet, pray about it. Is your thought life pleasing to God? Should it be? Can it be?

We are told in scripture that we are to take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ Jesus. But what does this mean. Simply put, we are to test our thoughts according to scripture and if they don't line up with the Word we are to give them to Christ Jesus, reject them, and focus our minds on the Lord. We are to think of those things that pass the test of Philippians 4:8: "whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy or praise, let our mind dwell on these things". If it fails to meet the standards of this verse then we are not to dwell on those thoughts.

Can it be done? Will it make a difference? Well, why not give it a try? Memorize 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 and Philippians 4:8 and try it for a week. It can be done. It will make a difference. It's all a case of mind over matter.

Prayer: Dear Lord, there are so many things for us to think of each day. So many concerns, needs, worries. So often we lose sight of You as we give our minds over to the ruler of the world instead of the Creator of the Universe. Strengthen us today, Lord, as we chose to give our thoughts and minds to you. Help us to take each thought captive to the obedience of Jesus Christ and to the obedience of Your word. Amen.

About the author:

Jane McLaren
Cornwall, Ontario, Canada

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