You ever notice the first question that most people normally ask, when someone has made a mistake, caused an offense, or created a conflict? They usually blurt out this question as an attempt to resolve the why for that person's actions. They'll say "What were you thinking"!? I know my dad always use to say it to me like this "Where yo' mind at, girl"!? LOL! I don't think most people fully realize the reality of how the thoughts of a person do indeed solve the mystery behind their actions and behavior. We're just so use to spitting that question out, that we are really not focusing in on the explanation the person gives. Which results in us not dealing with the root of the issue, but only continuing to scratch at the surface of their behavior and actions. We also have many why's hanging around in so many areas of our life, like why we keep gossiping, being discontent, attracting and entertaining the wrong people, getting angry so quickly and frequently, lusting after this and that person, coveting others title, status, possessions, using foul language, etc.. The why's can't be answered neither resolved, if we never deal with the what; that is what are we thinking. To properly deal with the thoughts we are thinking, we must determine what we should be thinking and the only way to do so is through the pure, infallible Word of God. Philippians 4:8 tells us what our thoughts should be based on, saying they should be honest/honorable, just/right, pure, lovely/pleasing, of good report, excellent/virtuous, and praiseworthy. The thoughts we actually have whether based on God's Word or against it, is determined and controlled by the mind's input. It's what we feed our minds daily through what we see and hear, that shapes our thought life, then processes into our hearts, and manifests in our actions and behaviors. Our minds are being fed from all types of sources from the internet, to the television, movies, music, books, magazines, and the people around us. With so much enticing data, media, and images, it's not hard to get surrounded and caught up in the middle of it all and give in to it's tempting pull. Let's not all say amen on that. OK, since ya'll wanna act super saved I'll be the first to raise my hand and say amen? LOL! Seriously though sometimes it's a struggle to not allow someone's negative, insensitive, and crazy words enter into your mind. You allow them to enter, be processed as truth in your hearts, which manifests in your life by behaving insecurely, getting angry and letting them ruin your day, being bitter and going around hurting others, or just acting out with violence or cussing them slap out! LOL! But Wait! Let's flip the script and talk about the internet struggle, and the fight to not allow the posts of all the seemingly "perfect" christian couples/marriages on social media, the ones with the "great" ministry and following, and the ones that have all the nice possessions, "perfect" christian, and all together awesome life enter your mind, trickle down to your heart, and be manifested in your life through jealously, discontentment, pride, greed, and lust. I know some of my you have your hand raised now, saying Amen! LOL! I won't even go into the struggle with what we watch on the TV/movies, the music we listen to, and the literature we take in! I think ya'll pretty much get the picture. LOL! If you want to change your life and the wrong direction it's been drifting in sistas, you've got to change that mind! A dirty mind, can't produce a clean life. As God's dear daughters we want to live our lives according to God's good, perfect, and acceptable will. The only way we can effectively do that is through the renewing of our minds(Romans 12:2). We have to replace the harmful, sinful, negative input that once dominated our minds and still tries to do so, with wholesome and fruitful material. What better wholesome and truthful material, than the life giving Word of God. It's the only thing that can get a hold of our minds, and cause the result to be a transformed, abundant, life. Make no mistake girlfriend if you do not get control of your mind, it will control you. The enemy would try to sell us the lies that we have no control over our minds, the thoughts we think, and that we can't overcome our thought struggle. He'll say things like "it' normal to think that way", and "your thoughts are not that bad". I'm here to tell you honey, DON'T BUY HIS LIES! God's Word tells us in 2 Corinthians 10:5 that we do have the authority and power through Christ to kick every imagination, wrong, and prideful thought to the curb, that would try to exalt itself higher than the truth of God's Word. I paraphrased it so you could get the understanding of God's truth, and the power we have concerning our thought life. We don't have to feel helpless and surrender our minds to the bad input around us, but instead have the authority as dear daughters of the king to make our thoughts surrender to the truth of God's Word. We cast down those ungodly thoughts and make them obey God's Word. In doing so our lifestyles, actions, and behaviors become subject and obedient to Christ. Our life then is aligned with his perfect will, which brings Him glory. That should be our heart's desire as dear daughters of God, to glorify Him in every area of our lives mind, body, spirit, and soul. We want to because we love God and we know He loves us, and His commands and truth are for our benefit. Let's not be legalistic though, and think God is just a rule master trying to kill our vibe by restricting everything in this world we see and hear that seems to be unavoidable and all in our face. Neither let us go around condemning others, for their less than godly actions as a result of their thought life. Instead let us first examine our own thought life under the microscope of God's Word, practice aligning our thoughts to His Word so our lives can follow in loving and humble obedience, pray one for another in this spiritual battle, and hold each other accountable to be mindful of the input of our minds. For surely what is received in(whether good or bad), will be manifested back out!
Here are some scriptures in addition to the ones quoted in the post to meditate upon, to help in the battle with the mind: Ephesians 4:23-24, Colossians 3:2, Philippians 4:6-7, 2 Timothy 1:7, Ephesians 6:12, 1 John 4:4, Proverbs 4:23, 2 Corinthians 10:3-4, 1 Peter 1:13, Romans 8:5-7.
I love you all, but God loves you so much more!
Your Sister~Jassmine~A Dear Daughter of The King!