Mark Affleck

I had 54,655 Thoughts Today, But 3 Escaped

October 6, 2018
Spiritual Growth

Early in my faith walk I had no idea there was a Battle Royale raging inside me to control my thoughts and behavior. But later I learned it was true! And it’s a war that inflicts much pain on the loser.

This fight begins every day when we wake up and immediately start generating our first thoughts that will eventually total over 50,000 when the day fades to black. That’s a lot of thinking going on and each thought steps onto our porch with the power to draw us off God’s purpose pavement and takes us down the wrong road.
The only chance we have to win this battle is to take every single thought captive!
“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
The starting gun for this battle goes off when our commitment to walk with Christ triggers an inner conflict between the Holy Spirit and the flesh. That gets the party rocking and pretty soon the guests—our thoughts–start to form a queue and prepare to emerge during the day.
There is a TWO-PART THREAT to taking our thoughts captive: 1) Temptation for us to act in a way that ignores God’s road and choose the wrong road; and 2) Individually and collectively, each and every thought shapes our very identity and who we are as a believer.
We need to control the thousands of thoughts that enter our mind each day as they pass through the cinema of our mind. Of course we don’t stand a chance of controlling our thoughts by ourselves. But the Holy Spirit definitely can give us the grace and power to bring our thoughts under captivity Christ.
I ask God to give me the power and strength to control the thousands of thoughts that enter my mind each day.
How will the 50,000 thoughts you will have today impact your relationship with Christ?
“As a man thinks, so is he.” Proverbs 23:7

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