We’ve all heard the phrase: “You are what you eat.” Here’s one better: “You are what you think.” Scripture says, “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he” (Prov. 23:7 NKJ). How did Satan tempt Eve (Gen. 3)? He got her questioning what God said. Got her wondering if God was holding out on her. He messed with her mind. There’s no question that our thought life has power.
So, what are we to do with our renegade thoughts? Scripture is clear. “We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ” (2 Cor. 10:5). Destroy what’s argumentative against God. And not just God, but even what we know to be true about God as revealed in His word. Handcuff those thoughts and sort them out at the throne of Jesus. Everything bows to Him.
Once we jettison the junk out, what’s left to do? Philippians 4:8 is helpful: “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”
Lock up the lies trumpeted by those renegade thoughts and replace them with the goodness of God: true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable, excellent, praiseworthy. May it be so.