No earthly person is more influential in your life than you are, because no one talks to you more than you do. Whether you realize it or not, you are in an unending conversation with yourself, and the things you say to you about you are formative of the way that you live.
The inner conversations that we have with ourselves are pretty much nonstop. Yet we often are so busy we lose sight of the fact that we are constantly talking with ourselves. We are always wise not to lose sight that this going on in our heads though because if we let these thoughts go unchecked, we can begin to form very bad habits.
For example, how often have you been in the grocery store and passed by someone who may weigh more than you and you quickly think, “I’m glad I’m not like them!” That of course is a judgmental thought and nothing that we would ever want to say to anyone yet we will allow ourselves to say them to ourselves all the time.
We must be very careful to control what we are thinking in the same way that we control what we actually say to others. Poor thought habits lead directly to poor speaking habits.
God teaches us to always be thinking about things that are “righteousness, true, beautiful, love filled, and God glorifying.” Things such as this do not include judgmental thoughts, thoughts of anger, thoughts of depression, thoughts of selfishness, and thoughts of greed. If you find your inner conversations including thoughts such as these, you need to replace them quickly with thoughts that would glorify God. This is why we are told to memorize Bible verses, just for times like these.
For example, if you find yourself thinking about how depressed you feel, wouldn’t it be better to remind yourself that, “God will never leave me nor forsake me” and this means I should never feel lonely. This is exactly why the Bible is so important to us. It helps us through all of the rough though patterns that can form if we allow them to.
The devil loves to get in our heads and take over our thoughts. This is exactly why we must be in control of our thoughts. If we do not, then the devil will.
I always encourage people to pick out a Bible verse that they really love and understand the meaning of, maybe even write it on a 3 by 5 card and keep it with them just for the times when they find their minds filled with wrongly purposed thoughts.
Here is a great verse to start with:
Philippians 4:13 – “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”
Keep this one with you the next time your mind takes you to places you would rather not go.
Pastor Brad Komgenick