I haven’t started off a post this way, but I feel the need to this time. Below is a Scripture from the Bible that has totally been my life recently. I have the Scripture listed and then my explanation will be underneath that.
In the book of Romans chapter 8 and verses 5 and 6 it reads:
“Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit. So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.”
How many of us would raise our hands in saying we don’t think evil thoughts? That our sinful nature doesn’t control our minds? I’d probably be the first in raising my hand, however, the Lord has really been revealing my sinful thoughts to me lately. Our minds run at a capacity that we can’t actually keep up with. Have you ever had those moments where your thoughts are so far out there and you can’t figure out which train you took that led you there in the first place? Sometimes we allow our minds to say that something is happening or that someone is thinking a certain thing about us when it’s not even true or that we are the one thinking evil thoughts about someone else. Our thoughts really can be so tricky and truly drive us crazy.
What the Lord has been showing me is that every one of my thoughts has a motive. Now, looking back at the verse, we see that either our sinful nature controls our thoughts or the Holy Spirit. It’s one or the other. So if I’m not thinking about how I can bless others, looking for the good in people, or just simply being positive, then my thoughts aren’t pleasing to God which makes them evil thoughts. Something I have begun to do is question my motive for every thought I can capture. Was my motive to boost my self-esteem or try to get someone to do something for me? If my motive isn’t pure, then something about my thought has to change. And check this out! While analyzing my thoughts and doing my best to keep them positive, that helps to control what comes out of my mouth! It’s just this great cycle of being uplifting to those around me, and keeping myself in a positive mood. Just like the book of Romans says, “letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.”
Any thoughts? Experiences you’d like to share? I’m all ears! Thanks for reading.