“Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done.” — Romans 1:28
Put New Clothes On Your Brain
Our thoughts are powerful. So powerful that the Bible gives us many warnings on tracking our minds to focus on Godly things. Who you are is directly dependent upon what you think.
When you and I engage in sin, we allow our enemy, Satan, to influence our actions. When we repeat these actions over and over, they become burned into our psyche. Inevitably, our actions become habits, our habits influence our thoughts, and our thoughts impact what we believe.
The Apostle Paul understood what spiritual battles and internal struggle with sin looked like, and he taught the Corinthian people a very valuable lesson in one of his letters:
“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
We are instructed to “take captive” our thoughts, bringing them before the King for judgement. In Christ, we are able to identify our faulty thinking, capture it and bring it before God in prayer. When we do this, we strip evil thoughts from harming us and influencing us.
If our evil thoughts have the ability to produce poor actions on our part, think what Godly thoughts will produce in us. Imagine the character we will display or integrity we will live by if we are able to “set our minds on things above” (Colossians 3:2).
— Reza Zadeh, Denver Broncos team chaplain
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