#540 – Get Out of Your Head; Day 5

#540 – Get Out of Your Head; Day 5

We Have a Choice

How we think directly affects how we live. This may sound terrifying, but, in fact, it’s exciting. Because while we may not be able to take every thought captive in every situation we face every day, we can learn to take one thought captive and, in doing so, affect every other thought to come. So what is the one thought that can successfully interrupt every negative thought pattern? It’s this: I have a choice.

When we’re spiraling in noise or distractedness, we have a choice to shift our minds back to God through stillness.

When we’re spiraling in isolation, we have a choice to shift our minds back to God through community.

When we’re spiraling in anxiety, we have a choice to shift our minds back to God through trust in His good and sovereign purposes.

When we’re spiraling in cynicism, we have a choice to shift our minds back to God through worship.

When we’re spiraling in self-importance, we have a choice to shift our minds back to God through humility.

When we’re spiraling into victimhood, we have a choice to shift our minds back to God through gratitude.

When we’re spiraling in complacency, we have a choice to shift our minds back to God through serving Him and others.

If you have trusted in Jesus as your Savior, you have a God-given, God-empowered, God-redeemed ability to choose what you think about. You have a choice regarding where you focus your energy. You have a choice regarding what you live for. You are not subject to your behaviors, genes, or circumstances. You are not subject to your passions, lusts, or emotions. You are not subject to your thoughts.

No fixation exists outside God’s long-armed reach. Because we are a “new creation,” we have a choice.When we think new thoughts, we physically alter our brains.

When we think new thoughts, we make healthier neural connections.

When we think new thoughts, we blaze new trails.

When we think new thoughts, everything changes.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

2 Cor. 5:17

For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.

2 Tim. 1:7 NIV

Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

Matt. 19:26 NIV

God, I choose today to take every thought captive because I know You are more powerful than my thoughts, my circumstances, and my fears. Thank You for making me a new creation so that I can choose You! Amen.

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