DAILY BREAD OF LIFE…
SUNDAY 7TH AUG.,2016
TOPIC: HOW TO TEST YOUR THOUGHTS
TEXT: 2Cor 10:5 “Casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ…”
You will never be any better, wiser or happier than the thoughts that influence you. You may insist, ‘I can’t help it; these thoughts just come into my mind.’ Yes, you can! ‘The weapons we fight with…have divine power to demolish strongholds…we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ’ (vs. 4-5 NIV). A ‘stronghold’ is a thought-pattern that controls you. It could be fear, greed, inferiority, lust, etc. It’s a ‘stronghold’ because it holds you strongly in its grip. How do you break that grip? With God’s Word. For example, when fear and inadequacy hovers around you, become proactive and say, ‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me’ (Philippians 4:13 NKJV). If your immediate goal is to ‘feel good’, you’ll never develop self-control. (Hebrews 12:11 AMP).
Discipline doesn’t bring immediate joy, but it brings lasting joy later on. Note the words ‘trained by it’. You must train your mind to go the right way; otherwise it’ll take you the wrong way. God says, ‘…I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life…’ (Deuteronomy 30:19 NKJV). God gives you choices. But He won’t make your choices for you; you must do that. In order to walk in God’s blessing each day, you must choose the right thoughts each day, and the longer you keep doing it the easier it will become. The ‘training’ period is not an option but a must have for you to succeed at your set goals.
MEDITATION: PHIL 4:8
STUDY THE BIBLE
2COR 9; 2KGS 22-23:35; NAHUM 3