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Guarding your thoughts

Have you ever woken up one morning feeling like you were no good?

‘I am such a failure?’ ‘I am cursed?’ ‘God doesn’t care about me’. ‘Life is not worth living’.’I can’t do anything right.’No one cares about me ‘ 

Thoughts like these can even make you delay getting out of bed.

It turns out that, on average, a person generates 48 thoughts per minute, totaling 25 million thoughts a year. What are you thinking?

The more you think about something, the deeper this path becomes in your brain, and the more the brain makes it a reality.

25 million thoughts a year? I see the need for us to guard our thoughts.

Keep thy heart with all diligence, for out of it are the issues of life.

Proverbs 4:23 KJV

In the Old Testament, the heart is translated to the mind, intellect, and emotions.

In everyday language, you can say, “Guard your mind, as it originates life’s issues.”

Or rather, we need to guard our minds with all the diligence they deserve because they profoundly shape our lives.

Here are six principles to help us delve deeper into this:

1. Thoughts repeated become thoughts engraved

This means that repeating thoughts will eventually register as reality in your mind. To engrave also means to carve, cut out, or inscribe.

The more you think about a certain subject, the more you become aware of it. For as he thinks in his heart, so is he(Proverbs 23:7)

You have a choice of what to engrave in your mind.

Therefore, set our hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. (Colo 3:1)  Make a conscious decision to dwell on heavenly matters.

It is a law of the mind that it gradually adapts itself to the subjects upon which it is trained to dwell. Patriarchs and Prophets, 595, 596.

Analyze the source

Do me a favor today: whenever a thought arises, align it with the word of God.

If it contradicts the Word, consider it not of God. It is from the enemy. Renounce it in the name of Jesus.

For the enemy comes only to steal your joy, your time, and even your hope.

Do not allow him.

Replace

The spirit that was cast out, according to Matthew 12:43–45, went and returned with seven more evil spirits because the house was clean and unoccupied.

When you cast an evil thought, replace it with a heavenly one.

Christianity is all about filling your mind.

Let modern-day meditation not deceive us into thinking that we can empty our minds.

Replace your negative thoughts with the promises of God.

I am such a failure, but I do all things through Christ. (Philippians 4:13)

Replace God doesn’t care about me; God thinks about me and has good plans for my life. (Jeremiah 29:11) 

Replace I am cursed, but I am blessed. (Job 5:17) 

Actions lead to thoughts

A company called BLINK experimented with three groups of people.

The first group expressed sadness.

The second group acted out anger

The last group acted out of joy.

After a year, the first group was sad, the second had anger issues, and the third was very happy.

This tells us that if we want to change our thinking, we need to change our actions.

Have regular devotions.

Talk to God everywhere.

Go to prayer meetings.

Place yourself in an environment that drives your thoughts in a heavenly direction.

Ask God to help us change our lifestyle habits

Our lifestyle habits also influence our thinking. Namely:

Too little sleep affects our nervous system and may lead to anger and moodiness throughout the day.

Too little exercise limits the oxygen in the brain, leading to negative thoughts.

Too much stress often leads to negative thoughts.

Too much sugar stimulates the neurotransmitters, thus destabilizing your moods and emotions.

Use a thought -filter

Use the following thought filter:

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

Philippians 4:8

When a thought comes into your mind, ask yourself, Is this true?honest?just?pure?Lovely? Is this a good report? Is this thought virtuous? Is it praiseworthy?

If the answer is no, renounce that thought in the name of Jesus.

The bottom line

As a Christian, you must guard your thoughts. Bring every thought into captivity, Jesus Christ, and you will conquer the attacks of the enemy.

 

 

 

 

 

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