Mind Management (3)
Your mind is the doorway to your heart, and when a questionable thought arises, you always have a choice. You can throw the door open and let it in, or do what the Bible says: ‘Fight to capture every thought until it acknowledges the authority of Christ’ (2 Corinthians 10:5 PHPS).
In other words, capture the thought before it captures you.
Let’s say a thought regarding your self-worth arises and says, ‘You’ve been a loser all your life.
You’ve failed in relationships and jobs and ambitions.
You’re quite a L-O-S-E-R, that’s what you are.’
The average person would say to that thought, ‘You’re right; come on in.’
But you’re not the average person!
You’re a new creation in Christ, led by His Spirit.
So rather than let the thought in, take it captive, present it to the Lord and say, ‘Jesus, this thought says I’m a loser and I’ll never amount to anything. What do You think?’ See what you’re doing? You’re submitting that thought to the authority of Jesus. If He agrees with it, then let it in. If not, kick it to the curb!
How do you know if He agrees or disagrees? Open your Bible and find out what God says about you. ‘We are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do’(Ephesians 2:10). What about this one? ‘Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus’ (Romans 8:1 NIV). Any thought that doesn’t line up with God’s Word doesn’t pass the test—and doesn’t gain entrance. That’s how you manage your mind!
‘For we are God’s handiwork.’ Ephesians 2:10 NIV