Our hearts are like gardens, and our thoughts are like seeds. Seeds of love, hope, and faith produce beautiful flowers in our lives. Seeds of hate, despair, and fear yield weeds and thorns. The evil seeds can give our adversary a foothold and then become strongholds to hinder the growth of the seeds of life.
Over thinking about wrong things allows weeds to grow. Thinking about good things produces flowers of peace, hope and faith. As we exercise our thoughts relating to who God is and who we are in Him, we conquer strongholds. With God’s help, we can meditate on what is worthy of respect, lovely; admirable and of excellent report. Most of all, we remind ourselves of anything worthy of praise! Philippians 4:8 tells us to meditate, center our thoughts and focus on these truths.
This mind exercise is a process. Our thoughts are innumerable so we cannot catch them all, but by God’s amazing grace, our ability to take them captive improves. God gives increase to His Word and we walk in the fruits of the good seeds, from glory to glory!
Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.”
In taking thoughts captive to the obedience of Christ, we find that when the first thought is captured it will not lead to another. It’s a chain reaction, a sequence of reactions. If there are too many links in the chain, it can be difficult to pinpoint the lie. Our thoughts come in reaction to a situation, but they can be filtered through a wound from our past and be inaccurate. As we seek to walk in truth, we can trust the Holy Spirit to set us free.
Ungodly mindsets are removed as our mind is being renewed by the Word of God. Thinking on the truth of the Word takes the lie captive and removes it. Although we have the mind of Christ, our carnal mind has been used for so long that it comes forth naturally and hinders the release of the supernatural. As we continue to meditate on what is truth, the supernatural becomes the natural, helping us walk in our divine identity.
If we find ourselves in a battle in our minds, we should ask the Lord to reveal and heal the thought that started it all. When we meditate on what the truths of the Lord untangle, the linked lies and chains are broken, from glory to glory!
Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy – meditate on these things.”