Disciplined thought patterns follow truth. They are directional. Psalm 5:3 says, “My voice You shall hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning I will direct it to You, and I will look up.” They are intentional. Hebrews 4:12 says that God’s word discerns our thoughts and intentions. When we hide His word in our heart it is there to direct our intentions. They are purposed. Daniel 1:8 says that Daniel purposed in his heart. Before he was ever tempted, his heart was set on God’s way.
Any rogue thought against you, others, or your circumstances are fiery darts. They are guided missiles to destroy. They are set to implode within once they are hidden. They slip in unnoticed because we did not discipline our thoughts. 2 Corinthians 10:5 says to bring every (rogue) thought captive. Rogue thoughts exalt themselves against the knowledge of God as declared in His word.
We bring stress upon ourselves when we worry/trust, fear/hope, or have inner turmoil/peace at the same time. Our brain cannot handle it. It throws confusion into the mix. Our thoughts are divided. We hesitate. Doubt means that we are divided in our decision making, or we waver between right and wrong. When we are tempted, we know that we should not, but there is something inside that still longs for it. James 1:14 says, “Each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed.”
Judges 16:5 is a perfect example of enticement’s results. The Philistines said to Delilah, “…Entice him, and find out where his great strength lies, and by what means we may overpower him, that we may bind him to afflict him…” Do you see the picture? When we fall for the temptation, we are entrapped and bound. The enemy uses the temptation to lure us so that he can afflict us.
2 Kings 17:41 says that they feared the Lord, but served their carved images. What? They were divided, and a house divided cannot stand. We need to be very aware of our duplicity. It stresses our brain, which then causes physical stress. It is a domino effect that leads to disease. Disciplined thought patterns, based on truth, will keep us steadfast and unmoved in the face of any temptation.