Controlling My Thoughts

30 May

Think Phil 4-8

I was scrolling on Facebook the other day and saw a post from a sweet friend about moving into a new place. Her praise about the new place was that she now had a bathtub and was one happy pregnant lady! I read on to see a comment from another sweet friend who is also pregnant describing how thrilled she is for our mutual friend who can now enjoy a bathtub like she gets to.

And then the thoughts started. . .

“Wow, that’s really nice. I’m super happy for her.” It really was a true, genuine thought of happiness and contentment for my friend who will now be able to enjoy a bubble bath and also for my friend who currently gets to enjoy them.

But it’s crazy how fast good thoughts can turn ugly. It happens in less than a second it seems.

“It sure would be nice to be able to enjoy one yourself and actually be able to get up out of the tub without any help.”

Then an even nastier one barged through the door of my heart. . .

“What about the pregnancies. . . sure would be nice to carrying another little one again.”

Thoughts I ashamedly confess right now.

So why do I confess them? Well, it isn’t to make you feel sorry for me. And it surely isn’t to glorify the ugly sin that displays itself at every opportunity it finds. I’d really rather keep this part of my struggle to myself.

I confess these thoughts to you to show you how the Lord helps me deal with them. Early on in my struggles, the Lord dealt with me about my thoughts. I learned that I must, must, must filter my thoughts through His word. I learned that I must take control of my thoughts, throw out the sinful ones, and replace them with God-honoring ones.

2 Corinthians 10:5 tells us that we must cast “down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and [bring] into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.”

So when those thoughts attacked, I had to stop thinking them and ask myself if they exalted themselves against the knowledge of God. I had to take them captive, confess them for the sin they were, and begin thinking thoughts in obedience to Christ.

To do that I refer to Philippians 4:8 and choose to think on those things that are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, good.

Left uncontrolled, those sinful thoughts would have caused me to spiral into a pit of discouragement, despair, envy, jealousy, anger, you name it.  We wonder many times how we get so down and feel like we can’t get control—it starts with our thinking.

Let me encourage you to take notice when your thoughts and emotions start to nose dive. Filter them through God’s Word and replace the ones that exalt themselves against the knowledge of God with those of virtue and praise.

5 Responses to “Controlling My Thoughts”

  1. austin May 30, 2014 at 7:56 am #

    God bless you

  2. Holly May 30, 2014 at 7:58 am #

    Thankful for your willingness to be transparent in your blog—Encouraged as always….

  3. Rachael May 30, 2014 at 9:43 am #

    Thank you for sharing. I know this is a struggle for me as well. On deputation, I have to work harder than ever before at taking captive my thoughts and allowing Christ to renew my mind; otherwise I would happily jump on someone else’s critical,complaining wagon! Praying for you and your sweet family!

  4. Rebekah Anderson May 30, 2014 at 11:03 am #

    Awesome awesome post!! Thank you for your honesty! This is for my week!

  5. Amber May 10, 2016 at 9:43 pm #

    Mine have been nosediving lately. Thanks for this!

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