Yesterday we discussed how to we lay aside the sin which so easily ensnares us (Heb 12:1). “I say then, walk by the Spirit and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is against the Spirit, and the Spirit desires what is against the flesh; these are opposed to each other, so that you don’t do what you want.” (Gal 5:16-17)
As I was driving to work this morning, I realized my thoughts were not on the Lord, but instead I was thinking about someone with some ugly thoughts in my mind. The Holy Spirit put in my heart and mind, “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.” (Phil 4:8)
So I began meditating on Jesus, because He is true, noble, just, pure, lovely, virtuous and praiseworthy. In about five minutes I experienced taking my thoughts captive to Christ. Satan will work toward our failure by having us think about what the world says is true, which can be a stronghold.
But we have godly weapons to fight against our flesh. “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 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” (2 Cor 10:4-5).
I am so grateful for the Holy Spirit’s leading this morning, and for the study I’ve been doing on not being a hearer only, but doing what we know is right in God’s eyes. Thank You, Lord!