Psalm 26:2, Philippians 4:8 NIV 2011
Test me, Lord, and try me, examine my heart and my mind.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
David knew the Lord and went to him in prayer often. He knew he was God’s work in progress. Psalm 66:10, “For you, God, tested us: you refined us like silver.” God knew his heart and his thoughts. Psalm 7:9b, “…you, the righteous God who probes minds and hearts.” Paul ended his letter to the Philippians with a reminder: what you think matters and it matters what you think. Filling the mind with what was true, noble, right, pure, lovely and admirable, those are worthy thoughts. Thoughts cleansed through Christ lead to lives lived right.
I was convicted during the sermon this morning. Pastor asked, “How do you deal with people in your mind?” My first thought was driving and how frustrated I get when people just don’t obey the laws of the road. He read 2 Corinthians 10:5 which was a great reminder to take everything captive to Christ, even when I’m driving. I need to think through the prism of Scripture. Praying Scripture is a good way to begin. For the next month that will be my daily goal: cleansing my thoughts through Christ.
How will we surrender our thought life to Christ?
Living lives for Jesus,