Developing and Maintaining a Healthy Thought Life
Many Christians struggle with maintaining a healthy thought life, especially in our highly
technological world. Yet, taking control of our thoughts is essential. Proverbs 4:23 states,
” Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” Proverbs 7:23,
“For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he”. And Luke 6:45, “A good man brings good
things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the
evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.”
There is an intrinsic connection between your heart, your mouth, and your mind. The
health of our thought life is paramount to our success in life. Every sin we commit, we
commit twice, once in our thoughts and again when we act upon those thoughts. It is
easier to rid our lives of sin, if we attack it first at the thought level, rather than waiting for
it to become rooted in our lives by our actions. We are not to feed our minds with that
which will promote sinful thoughts. When Jesus was tempted in the desert, He used the
Word of God to push back Satan. Here are some biblical suggestions for taking control
of our thoughts.
• Stay in God’s Word so that when a sinful thought enters our mind (a temptation),
we will be able to recognize it for what it is and know the course of action to take.
• Depend on the Holy Spirit, seeking His strength through prayer.
• Diligently pursue God, substituting Godly pursuits and mindsets for sinful thoughts.
• Fellowship with other Christians the way God intended.
• Accept Jesus as Lord and Savior, so that His power is available for us to use.
We know that the Word of God is part of the whole armor of God: In Ephesians 6:17, the
Word is identified as the sword of the Spirit. To keep your sword SHARP:
• S – Study the Word so that you will have ammunition to use against the enemy
WHEN he comes to tempt, test, trouble and/or torment you.
• H – Have a healthy heart, which can be achieved by making sure we guard what we
are seeing, speaking, touching, hearing, and even smelling.
• A – Allow yourself to be accountable to someone who you have allowed to speak
godly perspectives into your life and will help you stay on track.
• R – Remove counter-productive thoughts and actions by substituting them for
positive thoughts and actions.
• P – Pray so that you can learn to use and rely on the Lord’s divine authority and
power; which we have been given to trample on snakes, scorpions, and to overcome
all the power of the enemy (Luke 10:19) – AMEN