How many times during a normal day do you think about what you are thinking about? Does God tell us that we should be thinking about what we are thinking about?
He sure does! In 2 Corinthians 10:5 God tells us, “Take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” When we take every thought captive, meaning we actually think about what we are thinking about and why we are thinking about it, we take responsibility for our thoughts and then we evaluate them. We are not repressing or denying our thoughts, and it is important that we do not. We need to see what they say about the status of our minds and our hearts. We can actually develop our thought process just like we can our muscles, by testing them and using them in the right ways instead of the wrong ways.
We must learn to challenge our distorted thinking. For example, if I think that a person I have never met is just going to lie to me all the time, that will affect how I treat that person. Therefore I must look at the evidence I have that leads me to think this way. If I have no evidence at all, then I am just being paranoid and I then need to begin to investigate what is causing my paranoia.
Passing thoughts can sometimes indicate unconscious preoccupations that may need to be examined. If we find ourselves thinking a lot about dying, then we look to examine more closely where those thoughts are coming from – what is causing them.
I once had a Christian friend of mine tell me that he thought about dying all the time. I asked him why and he said that the thought of Heaven and all of its glory was so strong for him that he did not care if he died because he knew he was going to Heaven and he could not wait to get there. While I admire his zeal for God and his belief and trust in his destiny, I had to remind him that God would never want us to die simply to go to Heaven. If that were true, why don’t we all die the very second we accept Jesus as Savior? The reason is because God had a purpose for our lives and that purpose is never to die and go to Heaven. Heaven is where we end up when our Earthly jobs of spreading God’s Word is finished. After I reminded him that God was far from done with him, he realized that there might be other reasons that dying was something he wanted to do. In fact, he came to the realization that he was bored to tears with his job and his marriage and in fact, dying was the quickest way out and would allow him to get to Heaven without dealing with the mess that was his life.
This is exactly why it is important to think about what your thinking about. Our minds are incredible creations by God. We have yet to even tap into more than like 40% of the computing power that our brains are capable of. Given that, our brains work in a very specific way. Our brains look to us to tell it what it should be thinking about. But if we do not, it will never just sit idle, because our brains never stop working. While you are asleep your brain is regulating your body functions keeping you alive. So when you are awake and you are not telling your brain what to think about, it will pull up all kinds of information for you – whether you want to think about it or not.
For example, have you ever been praying and maybe struggle with your prayer and the next thing you know, your thinking about what you need to do at work tomorrow instead of focusing on God? Sure you have, we all have!!! That is why we must take control of our thoughts.
God tells us to think about pure, good, loving, Godly things. If you find yourself thinking about things that are not pure, good, loving, or Godly things, then you should stop and figure out why. If you do, you will not spend as much time worrying or depressed or lonely. I see this work time and time again for those willing to put in the work to own their thoughts.
On the other hand, if you let your thoughts own you, then get used to worry and and depression because left to itself, our mind always takes us to the worse case scenario first and leaves us to deal with the repercussions.
Think about what you are thinking about! It’s the key to starting to live a more free life – free of doubt, free of depression, and free of feeling lonely.
May God bless,
Pastor Brad Komgenick