Health and wellness are very important topics, especially at the beginning of a new year. Many people are all hyped up about eating well and working out. There is much talk about losing inches, losing pounds, and throwing away sugar-laden foods. Our physical health is of utmost importance. Our bodies are the temple of God.
But, as much as we are to care well for our bodies, the Lord is just as concerned with our minds.
Ask yourself these question:
- What am I feeding my mind?
- Is my mind filled with unhealthy thoughts?
- Does anything need to be thrown out?
Romans 8:16 says “To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.” Do you have life and peace?
Setting the mind on the flesh is to be carnal minded, to follow the inclinations of the flesh as a gateway to sin.
Whereas to set the mind on the Spirit is to “cultivate the graces of the Spirit and to submit to his influence. To be Spirit-minded is to seek those feelings and views which the Holy Spirit produces and follow His leadings.” (Studylight.org- Albert Barnes commentary public domain)
Our minds as Christian, belong to the Lord. We have been blood-bought. The Apostle Paul knew the human mind and the struggles of this life. He knew the importance of having a mind that honored the Lord and one that was Spirit-controlled. He says “I am destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God.” 2 Corinthian s 10:5a
Paul’s words emphasize the importance of checking our thoughts against the knowledge of God. I came up with a few questions for us to use as we consider what is going on in our minds:
- Is this thought truth? Or am I bring duped by the Devil with a lie? Does it measure up to the plumb-line of what God’s Word says?
- Does it honor the Lord?
- Does this thought adhere to God judgment? Will it lead to making a choice considered to be righteous?
- Will moving forward with this edify others? Does it build up or tear down?
- Am I using this idea to seek my own advance apart from seeking to bring glory to God?
Paul goes on to say “I am taking every thought captive to the obedience of Jesus Christ.” 2 Corinthian s 10:5b
We, like Paul, need to imprison each thought and lay it at the feet of Jesus, subjecting all to the obedience of Christ. I like the word “imprison,” I think it gives us a good word-picture. Think of it this way, it would mean taking our thoughts and putting them in a place where they can’t move on until we know that they measure up. How different our minds would be and the thoughts that travel through, if we yielded them to God, if they were under Spirit-control!
Philippians 4:8 tells us specifically what we should be thinking about. Our minds should be filled with what is true, with goodness, rightness, purity, loveliness, with things that are admirable, and with anything that is excellent or praiseworthy.
I don’t know about you, but if I had to take inventory for a day and see how many thoughts fit in those categories, I would find many that would not belong. So many negative thoughts go through our minds, whether the words are self-talk or thoughts in response to what someone else says or does.
Choosing to yield our minds to the Lord may mean we stop and evaluate our thoughts, considering what is not pleasing to Him. Replacing a lie with a scriptural truth, turning a worry into a prayer, or stopping to ask forgiveness for a sinful or prideful thought.
Our minds are a clutter with so many thoughts. Maybe as we get our bodies in shape, this would also be a good time to take inventory of what our thoughts are. What could be more important than to seek to exercise ways to grow in holiness as we yield to the Lord? How will you begin?