Friday, December 28, 2007

faith lift fridays ~ You Are Private Property - Reserved for God Alone!

"(In as much as we) refute arguments and theories and reasonings, and every proud and lofty thing that sets itself up against the (true) knowledge of God; and we lead every thought and purpose away captive into the obedience of Christ" (2 Cor. 10:5).

If we are going to give God glory, we must manifest excellence. An excellent life begins with an excellent thought life and excellent attitudes.

All fruit has a root from which it began. The root of all our actions is our thoughts. Words come from thoughts. Attitudes begin with thoughts, and emotions (moods) take root in our thought life.

Choosing excellence in one's thought life is a private thing. No one but God and the individual knows exactly what is going on in his own mind. I call it "inner purity." Inner purity is a challenge that Christians should be excited about taking on.

In 2 Corinthians 10:5, the apostle Paul teaches us to cast down all wrong thoughts that disagree with God's Word. He is, in essence, saying, "Keep your minds reserved for God's thoughts (His Word) alone."

God desires truth in the inward parts (Ps. 51:6). I encourage you to begin paying more attention to your thought life. Your words, moods, and attitudes are rooted in it. Dedicate your entire self to God. Live as if you were private property - reserved for God alone!

Say This: "With God's help, I determine and purpose in my heart to maintain a godly attitude and to speak only godly words."

by Joyce Meyer

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2 comments:

DJ Hartman said...

Annia,

What a great lesson! Thanks for sharing and how true this is!

It is so true that if we trace back so many of the things that occur in our lives that we find they are directly connected to our thought patterns.

A good reminder to 'take every thought captive'.

DJ

sheryl said...

Beautiful and so true! I especially like the phrase "inner purity"!
Thanks for sharing that.