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Transforming Our Thought Lives

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When the flesh is in control, our minds are filled with worldly things like:

  • greed
  • bitterness
  • gossip
  • hatred
  • materialism
  • envy
  • idolatry (desiring other things or people more than we desire God)
  • negativity
  • complaining
  • contention
  • lies
  • pride
  • lust
  • worry
  • fear
  • unbelief
  • self

These things consume our thoughts, fuel our motives, and ultimately determine our words and actions, as well.

When we repent of our sin and come to Christ, yielding to Him as LORD of all in our lives, He transforms our thinking by the power of His Spirit and His Word. So now, we purposely trash everything that is from the sinful nature and the enemy and fill our minds all throughout each day with things like:

  • thanksgiving
  • praises to God
  • contentment in Christ
  • prayer for ourselves, others, the church, the lost, and the world
  • good things about God, others, and this world
  • God’s peace
  • joy
  • God’s Word
  • truth
  • faith in God
  • songs to God
  • love for God
  • love for others
  • things that will benefit others
  • patience
  • kindness
  • grace, mercy, and forgiveness
  • God’s character and nature
  • awe  and reverence for God
  • genuine humility

Whatever we think overflows from our hearts from our facial expressions, our tone of voice, our words, and our behavior. When we are filled to overflowing with the power of the Holy Spirit and the goodness of God, this is what will spill out onto those around us.

A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. Luke 6:45

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 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. Phil. 4:4-8

Further Study:

Galatians 5:13-26

Ephesians  4:29-32

Taking Our Thoughts Captive for Christ – Peaceful Wife VIDEO

A Heart of Thanksgiving and Praise – Peaceful Wife VIDEO

15 thoughts on “Transforming Our Thought Lives

  1. That’s right, everything flows from the heart! I recently experienced God’s miraculous intervention over healing of my heart which was very wounded. He is indeed our healer! To take captive of our thoughts is a good precaution so that wounds don’t end up rotting our inner life.. That’s when it all goes haywire! Thank you for posting this 🙂

    1. Hi April, thank you for this post. One way God has helped me to deal with negative thoughts is honesty. Honesty with myself, with what I am feeling, with why I am feeling it and then that same honesty with God. We never – at least I never – respond to something in a vacuum, there’s always a reason why I responded in the way I did and that is usually what God helps me to deal with…if it’s anger, the question is not that I’m angry, it’s why. That takes the attention away from the thing I am reacting to, to why I am reacting like I’m doing. There’s always a cause and that deals with it rather than the symptoms.

      I have really enjoyed your posts and I am an eager follower! Thank you for this ministry and the time you invest in it. Thank you also for Peaceful girl, as a single woman, it is very refreshing to see women encouraged to magnify God in their lives.

  2. Thank you April for posting this. I really needed to read this today as I have been thinking negatively within the the last two days. The enemy have been throwing negative and selfish thoughts my way, from “I am always doing everything for everyone” to “my husband rarely thinks to buy me things that I like” and “my husband just wants to do everything for everyone else but me.”

    I noticed an attitude was starting to rise up in me but the one amazing thing about being a daughter of Christ is that we notice these things quickly and we know we have the authority to take our thoughts captive. I had to intentionally think about all of the good things in my life and all of the wonderful things my husband has done for me. I asked the Lord to help remove these negative thoughts from me and to replace them with godly thoughts. I had asked God for forgiveness and once I did that, I felt the heaviness or cloud lifted off of me.

    I realized it is highly important to intentionally think of good and godly things. If we don’t intentionally think on good things, we will dwell on ungodly thoughts and that is where the devil wants to keep us. It is important to realize the schemes of the devil and take the authority we have in Christ and demand the devil to leave.

    1. Tracyee,

      I’m so thankful God shows us our sinful thoughts and empowers us to take those thoughts captive – that we don’t have to stay in that pit anymore! WOOHOO! Yes! If we don’t intentionally stop the negative thoughts and sinful thoughts, we will not think godly things or good things. It is a very purposeful decision to reject the sinful thoughts and to focus on God’s ways. But it is VERY worth it! We can resist the enemy and submit to God as James 4 describes – and God can and will give us victory in our thought lives! What glorious good news!

    2. Traycee,

      I know exactly what you mean! One of the strategies that I use to combat these negative thoughts about my husband or my family is to look through old photo albums. For some reason, when I have a visual of all of the love that our family has for each other, it is hard for me to stay mad or irritated. Of course nothing will combat the enemy like prayer, but this may help too!

      Blessings to you, and thank you, April, for a great post!

  3. Thank you, April, for this wonderful and timely reminder. Not making excuses, but this June has been the busiest month, EVER, and I’ve been allowing it to crowd out my time with God. The good thing this time is, I’ve realized it. Realized it in time to get back on the path before straying too far off.

    Truth be told, while my thought life has been improving, I have struggled with a few of these things very recently, and so this post is very timely and much needed. Thank you!

    We just got home from delivering thank you gifts to the firemen who were here the other day, and it is another reminder about what is really important.

    Thank you! Have a great weekend!!

    Becca

    1. Becca,

      That is awesome that you realized what was happening and that you needed to be sure to make more time for God! WOOHOO! I’m so glad this was a blessing to you, my sister.

      So amazing that you got to go thank the firemen who helped you. What a blessing!

      Much love!!!!

  4. Thank you April for your post (and ladies, for your comments). We are all on this journey together, and the struggles and triumphs are so relatable. Encouragement is a wonderful thing! I am comforted by Philippians 1:6 “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:” The ‘transforming of our minds’ is definitely a daily choice. May God continue to accomplish His transforming work in us as we resist the enemy and cling to God.

  5. I have had a lifetime problem of plain silliness. My mouth just blabs out silly things to make my family laugh or be shocked or lighten the mood. It’s all very well, but this year I have felt the gentle nudge of the Holy Spirit guiding me to calm my mind in this area. I keep falling back into old habits, but when I do focus on Jesus and not on my next entertaining anecdote my family life is more peaceful. My children respect me more. There is definately a link between what comes out of my mouth and the contentment or turmoils of my soul.

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