Do you think change is easy? Ask anyone who has tried to break a bad habit, or change a wrong mindset and attitude, and you will discover change doesn’t always feel good. It involves renewing your mind and replacing wrong mindsets with God’s way of thinking and doing things. It also involves defending your mind against wrong thoughts. The daily battle confronting you, when you decide to change, takes place in your mind. The enemy may lead you to believe you can’t change or that it is too difficult; however, be steadfast in maintaining a mindset that is focused on God and His Word. This will be the key to your success.
How do you defend your mind? You do it by capturing wrong thoughts when they come. Whenever you begin thinking in a way that doesn’t line up with the Word, cast those wrong thoughts down by speaking God’s Word.
Guarding your mind takes discipline and diligence. Satan’s objective is to get you to receive the negative thought, speak it and act on it. Once you act on something he has suggested, you activate a negative cycle in your life. This is where your resolve must kick in.
Second Corinthians 10:5 says, “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.” God isn’t going to defend your mind for you; it’s your responsibility. With the Word of God in your mouth and in your heart, you can defeat the enemy’s suggestions every time.
Regardless of whether your old issues are completely resolved, once you decide to go in a new direction, you have taken the first step toward change. Make a consistent effort to keep wrong thoughts of your past out of your mind. Learn from your mistakes and press forward. Get rid of “stinking thinking” and fill your mind with the truth of the Word by studying and meditating on the Scriptures daily.
Wrong thoughts don’t have to rule your life. Guard your mind by being careful about what you look at, listen to and talk about with others. God has given you authority over every aspect of your life, including your own mind! Fight bad thoughts with God’s Word.
Every day you will have the opportunity to go back to old ways of thinking. From your interactions with others, to personal decisions, you will have to choose God’s thoughts over your own. You can do it! You’re not alone on your road to change; the Spirit of God and His Word are there to help you. Decide today to turn away from anything that doesn’t line up with His Word.
Ephesians 4:21-24 declares, “Since you have heard about Jesus and have learned the truth that comes from him, throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy.” This is your new identity in Christ Jesus. Put forth your best effort to keep yourself in the right frame of mind. Stay in the Word and keep out the wrong influences as an act of your will. When you become a good custodian over your thought life, you will be victorious over negative thoughts.
source: TheStreamingFaith.com/Dr Creflo Dollar