The Battle Of The Mind

This post is part of my series for Write 31 Days (writing on a prompt every day during the month of October). I may not be posting on the blog every day, but you can find an index page where all the posts in the series will be added here. The prompt today is “think.”

“Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” (Philippians 4:8 NLT)

What do you spend most of your time thinking about? When you have a bit of downtime, or you’re lying awake in the middle of the night, what fills your mind?

Left to itself, my mind naturally spirals into worrying. I can imagine potential disaster scenarios in almost any situation, and I can spend a lot of time working out how to prevent them or what to do if they ever became reality. And since at least 99% of them never do happen, the time spent thinking about how to deal with them is a massive waste!

The Bible is clear that what we think matters and that we have to be proactive about choosing what to fill our minds with.

We are not just to let our thoughts happen, but we are to choose where to fix them – to look, as Paul instructs, for what is true and honourable and right.

When I stop to focus my thoughts, I recognise that God is sovereign. He knows the future even when I don’t. I don’t have to worry about it, and I don’t have to try to control it. Instead I can trust that he will be with me and he will help me, even when situations of challenge or suffering arise. He will provide all that I need.

In 2 Corinthians 10:5, Paul writes that we should “take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”

That means being intentional about our thinking, and it is a gradual process but it does make a difference. This week I happened to look back at an old journal from about 8 years ago, and I noticed how my thinking had changed about a particular situation. My perspective from 2013 surprised me because I’ve moved on so much since then, and while it’s still a battle it encouraged me that as we allow God’s Spirit to work in us, it is possible to change our patterns of thinking, and over time the results can be significant.

“Let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.” (Romans 12:2 NLT)

also linking with Inspire Me Monday

One thought on “The Battle Of The Mind

  1. Lesley, I grinned as I read. When you asked what comes to my mind at night, yup . . . it’s almost always worry about one situation or another. Man, oh man, it’s tough to turn away from that. I’ve found that praying Philippians 4:8 during the day and Psalm 46:10 at night as I lay in bed has been helpful in training my mind to turn to the character and attributes of God. Great post, friend.

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