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Do you know what can be the biggest blessing, or the biggest monster in our lives? What some people say is impossible to control, yet really is possible to control? They never leave us, and everyone has them. They’re very powerful or very destructive. Do you what they are? Our thoughts. Oh yes, our thoughts. How can they be that important? Little do we realize the huge importance of every little thought that we entertain in our head.

Our emotions and our thoughts coincide very closely. Your thoughts can control your emotions, and your emotions can control your thoughts. That is why it is so important to control your thoughts, instead of let your emotions control your thoughts. Paul urges us in 2 Corinthians 10:5, “Casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.” Yes, our thoughts are important to God. Every last one of them.

What if perchance, you are sitting at your desk at work, and a couple coworkers walk by, one of them saying, “…and she totaled her car! What a careless thing. Why wasn’t she more careful?” Immediately you think, "Oh, I totaled my car last week, they must be talking about me. They think I’m careless, and now they’ll think less of me," and so your thoughts spiral downward.

One Thought

The rest of your day turns rotten. You snap at your husband when you get home, and speak impatiently to your children. And all of it started with one thought. You never stop to realize that your coworkers don’t even know that you totaled your car, and they are actually talking about someone else.

Do you see my point? One thought carries such import. It can make or break your day.

On the other hand, what can a positive thought do? What if you are lying in bed sick with the flu and a mounting case of the “blues.” Then all of a sudden you remember that in one week your fiancé is coming to visit, and he has booked you both seats at the local symphony. Oh, your heart thrills at the thought. Suddenly your day has brightened, and you feel so much better.

One thought, that’s all it takes. So whenever a thought comes knocking that does not belong in your mind, purposely cry out to God to take the negative thought away. And then ask Him to replace the thought with a positive thought, Scripture or song. Jesus has promised to help us overcome every difficulty, and He most certainly will help us overcome wrong thought patterns.

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By Brenna Rittenour. Copyright © 2014 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines. Scripture taken from the NEW KING JAMES VERSION 1982.

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