Therefore, holy brothers, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, the apostle and high priest whom we confess. Hebrews 3:1 (NIV)
Fix My Thoughts
Fix my thoughts. Now, that is a thought. My thoughts have been all over the map. I have thought high and lofty thoughts. I have thought good and pure and right thoughts. I have thought helpful thoughts. Then I have thought what I shudder to think. I have thought dark and sinful thoughts. I have thought what I would be embarrassed to admit. My mind has been a battleground between opposing thoughts that war against each other. I have been trying to guard my thoughts. I have been resisting thoughts that I know are not pleasing to you. I know that I am in danger. Why is that? Thoughts become words and words become deeds and deeds add up to how a life is lived. In every way I want to live a life that is pleasing in your sight. Without a change in my thinking I know that will not be possible. Do you have any idea what I am going through? Can you help me in anyway? Can I help you in anyway? I can help you in every way. I know exactly what you are going through. I lived a life filled with temptations just like yours. Because I was tempted I am able to help you in all your temptations. How can you help me?
You need to do two things. First you need to take your mind off of evil thoughts. Where you go and what you do can feed evil thoughts. Remove yourself from any person, place, activity or circumstance that will feed evil and sinful thoughts. You are going to put sinful and evil thoughts on a starvation diet. Do you understand exactly what I am saying to you? Yes, you are telling me to completely leave my life of sin. You have heard that before. You are listening to me. Yes, I am. When you left your life of sin you started following me. Yes, I did. That’s good. Did you think leaving your life of sin and deciding to follow me was a one-time decision? I thought it was a one-time decision. You are only partly right in that thought. You did make a once and for all time decision. I am your Savior and Lord. My Holy Spirit lives and dwells inside of you. Every day and through every moment of each day you will have the opportunity to reaffirm your decision by walking away from sin to keep on following me. You will be taking your heart and mind off of evil and sinful thoughts. Then, you will fix your heart and mind and thoughts on me. I will be the focus of your attention. I will help you to think my thoughts and walk in my ways. I will lead you through life. I will help you on your way. I will help you to live a life that is pleasing to me. Do you get all of this? Yes, I do. I will take my thoughts off of sin and fix them on you. That’s right. Will you do that? Yes, I will.
Lord, often my thoughts have wandered from one worry to another. At other times temptations have tried to attack me through my thinking. Help me to fix my thoughts on you. Change my heart and transform my mind as I keep all my thoughts on you. Amen
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