control thought life?
By Dr: Mrs: Lilian Stanley.
Few of us give attention to our thought-life as much as to
our outward life. When God sees a man He does not first
see what he is doing rather what he is thinking.God understands
our thoughts afar off before it escapes out of the heart
in visible form (Psa: 139:2,4, 1Chr 28:9) We have a wrong
notion that thoughts are not as bad as actions. But God
weighs them equally in His balance. He deals with attitudes
as strictly as with our actions. As a man think in his
heart, so is he (Prov: 23:7) Our actions are the outcome
of our attitudes.
God does not wink at our thoughts. Our
thoughts will be judged on "the day when God will judge the secrets of
men by Jesus Christ" (Rom 2:16) "O Lord of hosts,
you who judge righteously, testing the mind and the heart" (Jer:
11:20, 11Sam 6:16-23, Lk1:51, Psa 41:1) Some thoughts are
not sinful but unnecessary. These could be thoughts of food,
clothes or life. God commands us not to worry about these,
for what can we achieve by worrying? (Mt 6:25-28) God knows
Our life is in God's hand. He is the prince of
life. So even in times of distress or fatal illness quit
and relax in His hands. Seek first the kingdom of God and
His righteousness and all these shall be added to you (6:33)
When your thoughts are troubled and you are confused, remember
the voice of the Lord which proclaims, "My thoughts
are not your thoughts. For as the heaven are higher than
the earth, so are My thoughts higher than your thoughts" (Isa
55:8,9) Calm down . And there is the vain thought. It is
useless imagination which consumes our precious time. David
hated vain thoughts and spent his time reading
(Psa. 119:113). Vain thoughts include assumptions and guesses
which spoil our mind. Do not allow your mind
to think beyond proven facts. Let me illustrate how misleading
our imaginations could be. A man took shelter in the verandah
of a house on a cold and rainy night. He heard a voice from
inside, "Let's cut the neck." And another gruff
male voice, "No, let's cut the hand first." The
man, scared to death, brought the police only to find two
tailors cutting a blouse! "Do not curse the king even
in your thought…..a bird in flight may tell the matter".
We keep struggling to control or discipline our thoughts
and always (or so it seems) end up as failures. Let me encourage
you by saying that you do really very well as long as you
keep struggling. A time comes when you become frustrated
with and all your failure(!) methods to discipline your unruly
mind and whisper to yourself, "I have tried hopelessly
for many years to no avail. What is the use of going on like
this without victory? This must be natural for everyone.
Never give up the reins lest satan takes hold of it . Keep
on struggling- and you are safe. There are some measures
to develop a mental discipline. We must train our conscience
to acknowledge evil thought as sin (Prov: 24:9). Realise
that we must repent even of our thoughts, confess it and
" Peter said to him, your money perish with you, because
you thought that the gift of God could be purchased with
money!… Your Heart is not right in the sight of God.
Repent therefore of this your wickedness, and pray God if
perhaps the thoughts of your heart may be forgiven you" (Acts
8:20:22) God is a thought reader . Ask Him to reveal your
thoughts and intents to you. "He declares to man what
his thought is" (Amos 4:13). Pray with David, "Search
me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my thoughts. " Now
do you understand why David was a man after God's own heart?
God's Word is the discerner of our thought and intents (Heb:
Test with the help of help of scriptures if your thoughts
are right or not. Face it honestly. Train up your mind to
think according to the scriptures as you grow up in God.
When you were a child you thought as a child (1 Cor 13:11)
But when you grow up to be a man to the stature of Christ
think as Christ. Let the mind of Christ be in you.( Phili:
2; 5) Graduate in love. Love thinks no evil. ( 1Cor 13; 5).
Keep God in all your thoughts. I remember how when I was
a student the moment I felt left home for college, God would
slip out of my mind. Once back home, suddenly I would remember
Him. I tried hard to keep God in my thoughts throughout the
day. So in every note and book I had a Bible verse written
to switch my mind back to God. " The wicked…..God
is in none of his thoughts."( Psa 10; 4).
Make a covenant
with the members of your body not to Violate their code of
ethics. :I have made a covenant with My eyes;
why then should I think upon a maid?"( Job 31' 1) Forsake
evil thoughts ( Isa55; 7).God does not give impossible commandments.
If He has asked you to do it He will also give you the grace
to do it. Never be discouraged. It is literally a warfare. "For
the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God
for pulling down strongholds,, casting down imaginations,
and every high thing that exalts itself again the knowledge
of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the
obedience of Christ (11 Cor: 10; 4, ,5) Do not allow the
world to pour its filth into your mind through your eyes
and ears. Avoid such books, TV programmes, and conversation.
Do not express your evil thoughts( Prov 30: 32). That way
you can prevent the full growth of sin. Take note while listening
to sermons whether you need it or not. Carry good books or
a pocket New Testment to read during waiting hours of journey.
Be busy. Never be idle. Let your everyday prayer be that
of David, " Let the words of my mouth and the Meditations
of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord" ( Psa
19: 14). God will rightly guide your thoughts if your motive
is Pure( Acts 10: 29' Mt: 1: 20).. In the multitude of your
thoughts within you God' comforts shall delight your soul.(
Psa: 94; 19).A good formula to be memorised to help rectify
your thought process is Phil: 4: 8 " Finally, brethren,
whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever
things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things
are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there
is any virtue and if there is anything praise-worthy- meditate
on these things;"
Are you discouraged thinking at this
Take heart. God is able to do exceedingly
abundantly above all that we ask or think.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
If you have
accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour, please write
to us today. We would like to pray for you and
help you in your spiritual growth.
Wishing you peace and
progress - John Sebastian
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