Thoughts Need Controlling

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Daily Reading: Deuteronomy 13:1-15:23, Luke 8:40-9:6, Psalm 71:1-24, Proverbs 12:5-7

Daily Verse: “The thoughts of the righteous are just; the counsels of the wicked are deceitful.” Prov. 12:5

Thoughts need controlling.

“I’ll think about it tomorrow,” Scarlett O’Hara says at the end of “Gone with the Wind,” the 1939 movie considered the most successful film ever according to Guinness World Records. Rhett Butler, the love of her life, left her destitute with her thoughts, and Scarlett decides not to focus on the bleakness of the situation.

We have the same opportunity as Scarlett. As Christ-followers, we choose where we center our minds. Memorizing scripture helps us control our thoughts and stay focused on God.

Instead of ruminating and repeatedly thinking about a situation out of our control, we can meditate on God’s promises.

“You can be sure that God will take care of everything you need, his generosity exceeding even yours in the glory that pours from Jesus.” Phil. 4:19 MSG

Paul’s words to the Philippians have helped me often control my thoughts and apply to a myriad of situations. Find scripture to meditate on when dealing with life’s issues. Control your thoughts with the help of God’s word.

Lord, forgive us when we let our thoughts get out of control.  Please help us stay focused on You.  Bring scripture to mind that applies to our lives and allows us to control what we think.  Let us become more like Christ as we take our thoughts captive and focus on You. IJNIP. Amen

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