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.