Take Control of Your Mind

  • Romans 12: 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.
  • Romans 8:5  … but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.
  • 2 Corinthians 10:5  We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
  • Philippians 4:8  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.

You don’t control every thought that is dropped into your mind but you are responsible for what you do with those thoughts.  If they don’t line up with Scripture, don’t let them linger or take root.  Don’t let your mind wander where it shouldn’t, take control of it.  You have a choice as to what you think about and the Word says to think about was is pure, right, lovely, etc.  You are to have your mind set on what the Spirit desires and the Spirit desires the things of God.  In addition, you are to love the Lord your God with all your mind (Matthew 22:37), so determine not to think of things that would not honor Him.

How to control your mind:
  1. Controlling your mind happens one decision at a time.  When you think of something that does not honor God or line up with His Word, dismiss it right away and choose to think of something good.
  2. Take the time to read the Word and meditate on the Word daily.  What is in abundance in your heart will rise up when a thought does not agree with the Word.
  3. Learn Scripture by heart so when you’re battling against your own mind, you can repeat a verse and concentrate on that rather than the flood of thoughts that come your way.  Understand when you are more challenged with your mind.  If you are challenged when you go to bed, be mindful of it and fight your thoughts with the Word.
  4. Ask Holy Spirit to help you master your mind and give you ways to do so.  He knows you personally and knows what will work for you.
  5. When the enemy wants to remind you of past sins that you’ve repented of, focus on the fact that Jesus’ blood already took care of them and thank Him that you’ve been forgiven.  Don’t play back those sins in your mind.
  6. Let your spirit lead you rather than your flesh (mind, will, emotions, and body).

Call to action:
  When a thought comes to your mind that does not line up with Scripture, take it captive.  Don’t let it stay and “make itself at home”.  Change your thinking to what is right, pure, etc.