One of the battles that a lot of people have to work through during recovery and restoration is realizing that they are not victims to others, or to themselves. We have the ability to change our lives, change our circumstances, and most of all to change our thinking. When our thinking changes we can then change behaviors, perspectives, interactions, etc. While this is good solid philosophical truth to believe that we can change things, I have also found that it is Biblical truth.
2 Corinthians 10:5 “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” This passage clearly states that we have the ability to take our thoughts captive and change them. Not everyone does, but once we walk with Christ we do. He empowers us to have that ability. He empowers us to stand up against everything that is against the knowledge of God. When we are confused, deceived, searching, questioning, etc. we have the ability to turn to the Lord and ask him to make this Biblical truth a reality for us.
Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things”. This passage isn’t just a suggestion that Paul made to the Philippian church. Again, it was a promise that we can draw on. He was telling them that we have the ability to focus our thinking on these things. We do not have to be discouraged and disillusioned. We can concentrate our thoughts on those things that will lift us up and encourage us. Right before this verse he tells the church to rejoice always, not be anxious, and to know that the peace of God guards our hearts and minds.
We can change our thinking, and my encouragement for this week is that the fact you can change your thoughts and take control of them is clearly in scripture. We can depend on that, trust in the Lord and lean on his understanding of it (Proverbs 3:4-5). As we begin to believe that we have been empowered to control our thoughts we will find new strength and hope to walk in that more every day.