by Pat Gray
“Set your minds and keep them set on what is above (the higher things), not on the things that are on the earth.” (Colossians 3:2 AMP)
God has good thoughts and good plans for His children. He has given us the power and authority to control our own thought lives. It is up to us to change our thinking with His word. Our minds are renewed by God’s word as we read, study and meditate on the scriptures. Joshua says we should meditate day and night on God’s word to have good success.
God wants us to be spiritually minded, which is having our minds set on what the Holy Spirit desires. The mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace. The carnal mind is a way of thinking that opposes the Word of God. The carnal mind is set on the things that gratify the flesh and is death. Satan wants to keep us carnally minded so he can control our lives. He brings his lies to our minds so he can discourage, depress and ultimately destroy us. Satan is a liar and never tells the truth. We can refuse to his lies.
Our victory begins with right thinking. We must choose positive thoughts. It is the truth of God’s word that will set us free. We must continue to choose right thoughts daily and not give up. God does not give up on us. He is always there to strengthen us when we call on Him for help. He wants to help us get the victory in every area of our lives.
God will help us cast down wrong thoughts and take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. He will take us forward, little by little, to win one small battle at a time. He wants us to enjoy our lives as we rely on Him to give us victory one day at a time.
We should ask God to give us an attitude of gratitude as we trust Him to bring us through our hardships and to bring good from them. We are told to endure hardship as a good soldier and to fight the good fight of faith. Forgetting what is behind, we must press toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called us heavenward in Christ Jesus.
Paul told the Philippians to think on these things; whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent or praiseworthy. Positive thinking produces positive lives. God’s word is positive and uplifting. Think on His word, what He says about you, your family and your circumstances. Right thinking is a vital necessity to victorious living.
We must remain in close fellowship with God, through prayer and His word, to experience victory. We should take everything to God in prayer and trust Him to take care of us.
God promises that if we will set our minds on Him, He will keep us in perfect and constant peace. We must commit ourselves to Him, lean on Him and hope confidently in Him.
Let us love, honor and glorify God with our thoughts, words and actions. Remember to think good thoughts!
“Heavenly Father, I pray that you would help me to be conscious of my thoughts. I want my thoughts to line up with Your word. Thank You for renewing my mind as I read, study and meditate on Your word. Thank You for giving me victory over my thought life.”
“In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”