YOU CHOOSE WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT Philippians 4:8-9
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. (v8)
You hear people say all the time, “I just can’t help the way I think. “But, yes, you can if you want to. The Bible says you can. You-not God, and certainly not the devil are to control your own thoughts. It makes all the difference in the world what you think about. God wants us to keep our thoughts centered on Him and on His Word (Isaiah 26:3) But if you want to entertain wrong thoughts, God is not going to stop you; He is not going to override your will. But if you entertain wrong thoughts, you will open a door to the devil in your life.
Don’t misunderstand me. God doesn’t condone wrong thoughts. He’s given us instruction in His Word what we are to think about (see Philippians 4:8-9). But if you persist in thinking wrong thoughts, God won’t stop you. It’s up to you what you think about not God. You can think wrong thoughts if you want to, or you can resist them and turn away from wrongdoing in your thought life.
Sometimes believers consciously or unconsciously open the door and invite Satan to come in. or they may do it ignorantly through a lack of knowledge of God’s Word, but nonetheless they give Satan consent to come in to their lives through their thought life. A consent of ignorance is still a consent. (Kenneth E. Hagin)
PRAYER LINE: Merciful God, help me I pray, to always direct my thought life on Your Word and live a life that is Christ centered.
Your word is a lamp to my feet.