Friday - October 28, 2016
Woodlawn Family Bible Study
BIBLE READING: Philippians 4:10-20
Our minds are very complex, yet very stubborn as well. Let me illustrate that point by giving a quick test. For the next 10 seconds, you are allowed to think of any image you’d like, with one exception: you are not allowed to think of a pink elephant. You can think of anything else, but you are not allowed to conjure up in your mind the image of a pink elephant. Well, how did you do? More than likely, you failed the test. Our thoughts are among the most difficult things for us to control, yet God tells us that with Christ, even this is possible (Philippians 4:13).
To control our thoughts, we must go on the offensive and “take captive” of them, and hold them under the obedience of Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5-6). Think of it this way. When we allow a bad thought to enter our mind, we should do everything we can to surround that thought with good, positive ones. We need to hold it captive, and then release it. Difficult? Yes, but, not impossible. It just requires us to be active in our positive thinking.