“And be renewed in the spirit of your mind” (Ephesians 4:23).
Here we will only concern ourselves with our thoughts. God is able, with our consent, to change the way we think, from thinking carnally to spiritual.
We are what we think
Scripture teaches us that what we think upon will govern what manner of people we will be … “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he” (Proverbs 23:7.) The following verse can be seen as a commentary on the above text:
Sow a thought, you reap an act:
Sow an act and you reap a habit:
Sow a habit, you reap a character:
Sow a character and you reap a destiny.
It is true that our desires, affections, and imagination all have a part to play in the construction of our thoughts, but it is when these find themselves in opposition to God’s word that evil thoughts enslave our hearts.
Many people, both saved and lost, are in bondage to ungodly thoughts. Somehow they cannot get free from the relentless attack on the mind. They have reached this condition due to wicked desires, affections and imaginations in the past. Only the cleansing power of the Holy Spirit can bring healing to a mind held captive by evil thoughts.
Evil thoughts pass through our minds every day, they come in a moment and then they are gone. We do not allow them to take root in our heart. Also we can take them to the Lord so that no stain or sense of guilt can remain. But what of those who do not trust the Lord enough to go to Him for deliverance and cleansing?
Those held captive
Because of unbelief, disobedience, and the love of sin many have no confidence in God. Therefore evil thoughts scar their hearts and imprison them in depression and torment. Usually one thought occupies their waking moment, one which they are ever talking about.
No matter how evil and corrupt the thoughts of our hearts may be, the blood of Jesus Christ can still pardon and cleanse. He can make our thoughts pure and holy as we are “renewed in the spirit of our mind.” Surely He can touch the cause of our troubles, not only in the mind, but also our innermost spirit.
This study can be summed up by quoting 2 Corinthians 10:5, “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.” We cannot achieve this through will-power or positive confession, instead we must trust in the Lord our God and be obedient to His will.