“We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”
~2 Corinthians 10:5
Maybe you’re like me and you remember the days when your television only had three channels and you had a big antenna on the roof of your house! There was no such thing as a remote control so if you did not like what was on the TV, in order to change the channel, you had to get up and turn the knob.
You know, changing the channel is a great analogy we can use to help us keep our thoughts in line with God’s Word. The world we live in sends messages to us wherever we go. On billboards, television commercials, on the radio, in magazines…you get the idea. We see women and men half-naked on the cover of magazines. There are sexually provocative books flooding our bookstores. Television shows of people committing adultery or living lives contrary to God’s Word run rampant, and the list goes on. If we are not careful, we can begin to believe the lies the world tries to sell us and our minds can be filled up with garbage. The music we listen to affects us because we learn the lyrics and we find ourselves singing them without even trying. The books we read affect us because we imagine ourselves in the story which can lead to us feeling as if our life is subpar and ordinary. The television shows we watch can sweep our minds away to desiring a more exciting life or feeling as if our spouse is not up to snuff. Let us not be fooled….what goes into our minds affects us greatly.
My friend, you and I must pay close attention to the life of our mind and guard our thoughts. We need to be careful what we allow to enter our minds and when evil, negative, ungodly thoughts begin to sneak into our minds, we must CHANGE THE CHANNEL. We need to stop those negative thoughts and begin thinking thoughts that are in line with God’s Word. Philippians 4:8 says, “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.”
I heard a Christian speaker say once, “We need to think about what we are thinking about.” This is such a true statement.
I really like this quote:
“Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habit. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.”
Think about what you are thinking about my friend. Take a good look at what you are filling you mind up with. Pray and ask God to give you wisdom. As His Spirit convicts you, be willing to make needed changes.
When you find yourself having negative, ungodly thoughts, change the channel to start thinking in line with God’s Word. Fill up with Truth!
Grateful for you!
Thanks so much Joy… this really ministered to me this morning!
So true! Thanks Joy!
Great post, Joy!
I love that you can put into words what I think sometimes. So beautifully written!