In last week’s blog post, I talked about how our thoughts are powerful and the importance of keeping them under control. Reading through all the comments that were left last week, apparently I’m not the only one who has struggled with that!
Oh how moving it was to read each and every comment, and catch a glimpse into the minds of so many of you who so sweetly shared your inner struggles. Life is just hard, isn’t it? But as the old saying goes, we don’t have to let life make our hearts hard as a result. Instead, we can ask God to intervene in our thoughts, and become the boss of the playground of our mind.
I know that is easier said than done, and sometimes I find myself getting discouraged even more when I can’t seem to shake the temptation to focus on negative thinking. But with God, all things are possible, including keeping our minds in check.
Don’t you love the verse Matthew 7:7 which says “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” God doesn’t only want us to ask for our physical needs to be met, but also our spiritual and emotional needs. His Word encourages us to make every thought captive to Him – but He knew we would need His strength and intervention to do so, so He told us to ask for help.
Friends, so many of you shared such deep pain from things that happened to you in the past, or situations you are currently going through, which have damaged your self esteem or caused your thought life to be stained from hurt. I want to encourage you today to pray for God to help you break the stronghold the enemy has in your thought life, and let today not only be the start of a new week, but the start of a new optimistic way of thinking that is fueled by God’s love for you.
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If you’d like to read more about the topic of controlling our thoughts, click over and read my Proverbs 31 devotion from a couple years ago called Your Thoughts Have Wheels.