Corralling Our Thoughts

1 Chronicles 28:9 Amplified says, “…For the Lord searches all hearts and minds and understands all the wanderings of the thoughts…” Does your mind ever wander? A wandering mind is a futile activity. Futile means: fruitless, empty, unproductive, lacking substance, and worthless.

2 Corinthians 10:5 is a well known verse but we can easily skip over its intent. Verse 4 says that God’s word is mighty for pulling down strongholds. It leads into verse 5 which classifies what strongholds are. They are arguments and thoughts that exalt themselves above the knowledge of God. The end of the verse says to bring every thought captive.

Proverbs 21:22 Amplified says, “A wise man scales the city walls of the mighty and brings down the stronghold in which they trust.” Strongholds are built on lies that we have believed. Fiery dart-lies that we received and made our own.

Only God’s truth, that is instilled in our heart and walked in daily, will set us free from the lies of the enemy that control our thoughts. I’ll use unforgiveness again as an example. Say that someone hurt you deeply. You allow your mind to wander by replaying that hurt over and over. Each time you replay that hurt, you cause those toxic thoughts to destroy neuro connections in your brain.

If you have someone you have not forgiven, it is time to instill Ephesians 4:30 and Colossians 3:13 into your heart. When you forgive AS you have been forgiven, you will corral the replaying thought and bring down that inner stronghold. The caustic bitterness that seeped into every thought process will stop. As you continue to rehearse God’s way, new neuro connections will be created. Instead of the old stronghold, you will have a new internal heart-stronghold built on truth that will keep you free.

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