The Oil Of Joy - Obedient Mind
2 Corinthians 10:5
5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
The mind is the most powerful instrument which God has given us to succeed on earth. It can either work with us or against us. This makes is extremely important to keep an eye on what is going on in there. To make our lives easier, God created our minds to be able to operate on autopilot after we have practiced certain things for a while. This is what frees our mind to explore new skills and abilities all the time. The great news is when we consciously create good habits it shapes our lives in a good way but the opposite is also true, bad habits destroy our lives.
The Lord gave His people His laws for so they could create a good lifestyle. But because they had no desire internally to obey the law, it became an external show. But when Christ came, His sacrifice cleansed us internally. This made it possible to obey God from the inside which shows in our behaviour on the outside. Although we have been given the ability in Christ, the change does not happen automatically but requires an effort on our side. The verse above tells us what to do when with ungodly thoughts, we should cast it down and bring it into captivity to obey Christ. So any thought which is not able to obey the law of God must be removed from our minds immediately. It can be done by simply speaking out and saying, ‘I refuse this thought in Jesus Name’. The only way to fight thoughts is with spoken words. We keep speaking until that thoughts goes away for that time. However it will keep trying to come back for sometime but it gets easier to cast it out until we gain full victory every time.
ANALYSE YOUR THOUGHTS AND CLEANSE IT WITH THE WORD
Prayer: Father, may Your peace, which passeth all understanding, keep my heart and mind through Christ Jesus in His Name. Amen
(Philippians 4:7 paraphrased)
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