By making the decision to spend time with Your Lord, His thoughts will begin to form your mind. But you see, God made our minds so powerful and complex, that we have so many thoughts competing to form the lenses our mind uses to see life’s situations. A big stumbling block is our difficulty dealing with our emotions, especially real or potential emotional discomfort or pain.
Loneliness, rejection, feeling unimportant, lack of control, competency questioned, hopelessness, helplessness…these are all terrible directors of our thought world. Our desire to avoid these feelings really drives many inadequate at best, and often self-destructive, decisions we wish we could have back. These decisions often evolve into patterns or habits we want to change.
God gave us the Holy Spirit to be the Director of our Christ-likeness development. Godly decision-making keeps the Holy Spirit on the throne of our heart. (see Spiritual Basics link and then click Confession). When we do not make a Godly decision, we need to confess our wrong decision, make right with God, and get the Holy Spirit back on the throne. As we attempt to spend time with God in prayer, scripture reading, or meditation, turn this process over to the Holy Spirit…let His Spirit be the Director of this process.
Today, track your feelings, especially what you feel when people say something to you or an unexpected situation occurs. Also, practice confession today. Unfortunately, we all have a number of decisions (internal thoughts or external behaviors) each day that require confession to restore the Holy Spirit to the throne. You will be amazed the direction your life takes when you have the right director directing your thoughts and mind.
Dear Father of Truth, There are so many things that influence my mind and thoughts…I thank You for Your Spirit who brings order to and infuses life and peace into my mind. I desire to think Your thoughts my Holy One. I know that without the Holy Spirit directing my thought processes, my mind scrambles and searches to avoid discomfort and pain and to get quick-fix relief and satisfaction…and I know that the Evil One, the father of lies, tries to worm his way into my mind in the name of distraction and satisfaction. I thank You, Lord, for all your goodness and blessings…and I continue to pray for Your protection. I pray this in the name my comfort when stressed, Jesus; and all God’s children say – AMEN!
The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace
Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.
1 Peter 5:8