Thought Of The Day, “Arrest Bad Thoughts”, Men’s Daily Devotion

Men’s Daily Devotion, Arrest Bad Thoughts


Thought of the day:

Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory. Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. Reference Colossians 3:2-5 NKJV

Paul is writing this to help us learn what we need to do to change our thoughts. It’s the idea that whatever we put into our minds should help train our minds to have better thoughts. We want to change our process of thinking by setting our minds on God instead of things of the world. Scripture memory, reading and study are ways we can develop our minds to do better.

Many people get nervous, thinking they sinned, when bad thoughts come up. This is not the case. It’s what we do with those thoughts that will affect us.

If we have a mindset on Christ, we can arrest those thoughts and put them to rest. We do not sin so much when those thoughts come up. We can’t control always, what we think. We can control our actions.

If we act out in these thoughts, that’s when sin sets in. If we dwell on these thoughts that’s when sin sets in. Thoughts are not the sin it’s us acting out in them.

The best defense is The Word Of God. Don’t play around with the thoughts, which can include anger, envy, lust, anxiety, etc. Instead, ask God for Strength and get into a mindset of prayer and study. You’ll find the more you do this, the easier it is to put the thoughts to rest. If you fill your mind with things of the world though, you will fail at this.

Today, seek God to Help you gain a new mindset.

If we are to please God, we need to allow The Holy Spirit to set us apart. We need to pursue a sinless life. We are to seek Righteousness. How do we do it? Through prayer, study, fellowship, being willing to be corrected/accountability, discipleship, and service.  
It starts with Our Relationship with Jesus. If you don’t have a Relationship with Him or you need to rekindle that Relationship, do it now. Call out to Him and seek his Love and Forgiveness. It really is as hard or easy as you make it. We should look to Him daily to seek a relationship with Him. I want to encourage you to seek Him today, if you haven’t already.
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Mark is a US Army Veteran and has called Albuquerque home since 1997. He earned degrees at Albuquerque Bible College, and Faith Evangelical Seminary before attending the Shepherd’s School at Cross Christian Fellowship. He has felt a calling to start a church along Route 66, in Albuquerque to reach others for Christ. Mark has had struggles with addictions, drugs, alcohol and other things, in the past. He has recovered from them, with Christ and has a desire to help others with them as well. He has a desire to setup a recovery home in Albuquerque, or nearby, to help others in the recovery process as well as help them gain some job skills and learn to have personal interactions with others. Mark grew up in traditional churches. He did not find the true meaning of having a Relationship with Jesus. At the age of 31, after hearing a Pastor talk about this Relationship, he rededicated his life to Jesus and started on a path for ministry. You can check out Recovery In Action Ministries FaceBook Page for more info on Recovery issues. Mark has been married to his wife Rebecca since 2005. Together they have four boys between them. They minister together to help others grow in their relationships with their spouses, children and family. In his free time, Mark likes to ride motorcycles, shooting and building things.

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