Our thought life is the most powerful and the most private arena of our lives. Ralph Waldo Emerson put it this way: Sow a thought and you reap an action; sow an act and you reap a habit; sow a habit and you reap a character; sow a character and you reap a destiny. It’s not an overstatement to say that our thought life can quite literally shape our destiny.

Scriptures
Proverbs 4:23, 27:19; 2 Corinthians 10:3-5; Romans 12:1-2; 1 John 2:15; Matthew 5:29; Philippians 4:8; Genesis 4:7; 1 Thessalonians 5:11; Ephesians 6:17

Verse
Be careful what you think, because your thoughts run your life. Proverbs 4:23 NCV

Thought
What sets us apart as the crowning achievement of God’s creation is that we were made in the image of God and were given an eternal soul and mind. It’s this part of our being that gives us the ability to reason and have thoughts, to embrace belief and love and to find meaning in relationships with people and God. The mind is the command center for our entire life. The thoughts we have and the decisions we make in our minds will determine what we do with our time, how we spend our money, who we marry and ultimately even where we spend eternity.

Questions
Do you believe you’re in a spiritual battle over control of your thought life? Someone has said, “Whether or not we live a life that brings glory to God will largely be determined by our thought life?” Do you believe this statement is true? Why or why not? Do you ever struggle with thoughts from your past mistakes and failures? What drastic measures have you ever taken to guard what you put into your mind? Why do you find it hard to ask another Christian for help in dealing with thoughts that are threatening your walk with Christ? Who could you ask for help?

Response
Our thought life will either make or break us when it comes to a victorious walk with Christ. It’s a spiritual battle that we must be prepared to fight each day of our lives. Ask God to help you win the fight by: 1) Guarding what you put into your mind. 2) Filling your mind with those things that can help renew and change your thoughts. 3) Winning the battle in the moment. 4) Asking for help from another follower of Christ.

Prayer
Dear Lord Jesus, help me win the battle for my thought life. Put a desire in my heart to read your Word and to let its truth replace the lies of the world that would try to pollute my mind on a daily basis. I want my thought life to shape a God honoring destiny for me both in this life and the life to come. Amen.