Fix our thoughts

You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! (‭Isaiah‬ ‭26‬:‭3‬ NLT)

…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)

Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. (‭Colossians‬ ‭3‬:‭2‬ NLT)

Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. (‭Ephesians‬ ‭4‬:‭23‬ NLT)

I need to fix my thoughts so that they’re fixed on God. I need to allow the Holy Spirit, the helper Jesus promised, to renew my thoughts and attitudes.

The bible has much to say about our thoughts. After all, it is likely any deed we’ve done, whether good or bad, began with a thought. If we don’t stay in tune to what’s going on in our mind, we could quickly find ourself on a road we didn’t mean to go down. 

In the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5) Jesus challenged his followers to look at God’s law as more than just the final action – but as a way of living that starts with our thoughts. Murder isn’t just about killing someone, but about thoughts of anger and hatred. Adultery isn’t just about the act of physically being with someone you aren’t married to, but about lustful thoughts.  And later he reminded them that what makes them unclean does not come from outside of them, but rather from their heart… their thoughts. 

For from the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, all sexual immorality, theft, lying, and slander. These are what defile you. Eating with unwashed hands will never defile you.” (‭Matthew‬ ‭15‬:‭19-20‬ NLT)

And what we’re thinking matters to God. He knows our thoughts and how they contribute to our intentions.

You have tested my thoughts and examined my heart in the night. (‭Psalms‬ ‭17‬:‭3‬ NLT)

…you examine the deepest thoughts and secrets. (‭Jeremiah‬ ‭11‬:‭20‬ NLT)

And since that’s so, I surely want not just my actions, but my thoughts as well, to be pleasing to God. For my actions to come from a pure heart on which God’s law has been written. 

May all my thoughts be pleasing to him, for I rejoice in the LORD. (‭Psalms‬ ‭104‬:‭34‬ NLT)

They demonstrate that God’s law is written in their hearts, for their own conscience and thoughts either accuse them or tell them they are doing right. (‭Romans‬ ‭2‬:‭15‬ NLT)

If those of us that know Jesus as the one true Savior would “fix our thoughts”, we could have quite an impact on a world where thoughts are getting darker and many people don’t seem to think that it matters. If we all caught our angry thoughts, our unthankful thoughts, our selfish thoughts, before they became words or actions, it would go a long way towards injecting some joy into a world that desperately needs it.

I appeal to you, dear brothers and sisters, by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, to live in harmony with each other. Let there be no divisions in the church. Rather, be of one mind, united in thought and purpose. (‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭1‬:‭10‬ NLT)

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The only compass for life … The Word of God

And you must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. (‭Deuteronomy‬ ‭6‬:‭5-9‬ NLT)

All your heart, soul, strength… Wholeheartedly… Again and again…

Do these words and phrases describe my approach to my faith? Does every aspect of my life (heart, soul, strength) reflect a love for my Savior? Am I wholeheartedly committed to living my life the way he wants me to? Am I constantly speaking the Word of God into the lives of my children so that they know the truth and can live it?

These days there are countless things vying for our attention. Innumerable messages about how to live life. How to be happy. And less and less of them have anything to do with our creator, God, and his plan for our salvation.

As the day of Jesus’ return draws closer and closer, the world is moving further and further away from the Word of God. Many truly believe that the Word of God is no longer relevant. That times have changed and God would surely have a different opinion about these things today. But I can assure you that God has always known what was coming. He can see all of time in one glance like we see a historic timeline on a single sheet of paper. He has always intended for his Word alone to be our compass for living, and he always will.

Our Bibles should not be collecting dust on shelves in our home. Our Bible apps should not be the last ones we open when we pick up our devices. Good Christian music should be programmed, downloaded, listened to. The values we set out to teach our children should be rooted in the Word of God. All our hearts, souls, strength… Wholeheartedly… Again and again…

All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work. (‭2 Timothy‬ ‭3‬:‭16-17‬ NLT)

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Mediator

Job said…

“He is not a mere mortal like me that I might answer him, that we might confront each other in court. If only there were someone to mediate between us, someone to bring us together, someone to remove God’s rod from me, so that his terror would frighten me no more. Then I would speak up without fear of him, but as it now stands with me, I cannot. (‭Job‬ ‭9‬:‭32-35‬ NIV)

And God provided…

For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all people. This has now been witnessed to at the proper time. (‭1 Timothy‬ ‭2‬:‭5-6‬ NIV)

Pretty amazing to know that Jesus died to pay the price for our sins and then rose to take his place in heaven, pleading the case of those who have put their faith in him alone.  Thank you, Jesus!  I’d have no chance without you.