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Devotional: Toxic Thinking
“This I say therefore and testify in the Lord that you should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk in the futility of their mind, having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart…” (Eph. 4:17-19) “For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh…For to be carnally minded is death but to be spiritually minded is life and peace…” (Rom. 8:6-8) “…For as he thinks in his heart, so is he….” (Prov. 23:6-8)
Sometimes we have been led to believe that though our spoken words and actions are what really matter, the private desires of our hearts and the thoughts in our minds are our own and do no harm to anyone at all. Unfortunately, that is not true.
The Bible teaches us that the mind and heart of mankind is a battleground between good and evil (II Cor. 10:3-5) and is actually the inner source and motivator of all we say and do on the outside. (James 1:13-16; I John 2:15-17; Gal. 5:16-23; Matt. 15:11, 15-20)
- The natural mind of man is originally corrupted. Before a person comes to Christ, their ability to think correctly is handicapped by sin; it is darkened, blinded, vain and futile in its efforts to discern spiritual truth and wisdom. Selfish sinfulness motivates much of our lives and our focus is often on sinful attitudes and desires. (Jer. 17:9-10; Eph. 2:1-3; 4:17-19; Rom. 8:6-8; I Cor. 2:14-16; II Cor. 4:3-4)
- The natural mind of man can be changed! Through the grace of God and the salvation through Christ, all things are made new. (II Cor. 5:17) Even our mindset can be transformed to think rightly about all things. As believers, we are instructed to “renew our minds” (Eph. 4:20-24; Rom. 12:1-2) and to focus our thinking in directions of blessing and things that bring praise to God. (Phil. 4:8; Col. 3:1-2)
Bottom line here?
If I feed my mind on continuous news sources, I can easily become discouraged and anxious. If I focus my thoughts on all that is frightful and seems hopeless, I will live in my chosen atmosphere of doom and gloom. If I fixate on sinful lusts of the flesh then sensuality will become my habitual obsession. If I allow anger and bitterness to fill my thoughts, I will become full of self-pity and suspicious or vengeful of others. The fruit of these inward thoughts and attitudes will then play out in our words and actions.
But, if we cleanse our minds often (I John 1:9; Psalm 119:9-16) and meditate on the Scriptures day and night (Psalm 1:1-3), filling them with the truths of the Bible to replace the falsehoods of our world and those we often tell ourselves; if we trust in the sovereignty and promises of God; if we adopt His wisdom statements as our own and if we anticipate the glorious future that we’ll have our outlook, attitudes and activities will produce blessing and life for us and for all around us. Think about this!
For Prayer Today
“Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my strength and my Redeemer. (Psalm 19:14)
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