Do you find it difficult to control your thoughts? Are there days when you just can’t seem to find the positive in anything? Do you wonder if you have a normal working mind? Frankly, it would be abnormal if you didn’t feel that way. However, just because something seems to happen naturally, doesn’t mean it should be typical Christian behavior. We must recognize what is of the sinful nature and ask God to help us.
We don’t have to have “really bad” thoughts to have an abnormal mind. Sometimes it’s just difficult to concentrate… on anything. It is average behavior for anyone to feel like they’re unable to focus, or control their thoughts, but again, this doesn’t mean we should just accept it as normal. I’ve heard many folks say things such as, “I’m just wired that way” or “That’s the way the good Lord made me”. We must remember that we are all born in sin, it’s in our nature to act certain ways, but the Word of God tells us that through Christ, we don’t have to accept this!
We can change anything that we are willing to work on. Do we even recognize problem areas in our thoughts, or activities, that need changing? If we don’t focus on Christ often enough, then we certainly will not realize that we need to draw our thoughts closer to him! Isaiah 26:3 says “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee.” We must keep our thoughts fixed on him. When we allow our minds to just wander uncontrolled, our emotions then tend to follow.
We must condition our mind, just as we condition our body. We need continual renewing in our thoughts. Paul wrote in Romans 12:2 “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” This let’s us know to not just accept the ‘norm’… but we can be transformed! Again, I look to scripture for reinforcement, 2 Cor 5:17 “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
We must keep our thoughts focused on Christ or they will run wild. We stay focused by talking and listening to him. Have you ever waited on a baby’s first words? I have, and we spent many days, weeks… months, talking first and then waiting for that word. We anticipated with excitement the expected response! Well, shouldn’t we give the same kind of devotion to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ?
I must share one more scripture reference in regard to our way of thinking. 1 Kings 19:11 “And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord. And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake: 12 And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.” If we will make the effort to clear and quite our minds, we will hear from the Lord… we will find peace. We don’t have to wait for a special service or church meeting for breakthrough, it can begin with simple changes to our thought pattern.
I pray “Lord, help me take control of my thoughts and feelings as I become more mindful of you. Help me focus on You daily so that it will produce a closer walk, and provide encouragement for others.”
Rev. Cathleen N. Cathcart is pastor of New Life Worship Center.