Don’t Go Down that Path!

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“May my meditation be sweet to Him;
I will be glad in the Lord.” Psalm 104:34

“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.” Philippians 4:8

“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
Be acceptable in Your sight,
O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.” Psalm 19:14

No sooner than I had started thinking about something and someone for the umpteenth time over the course of a year or so did the Spirit of God strongly intervene and tell me in His own words to STOP.

“Don’t go down that path,” He spoke to my heart.

Now can I be honest with you? I’ve spent decades – even years since I became a fully devoted Christ follower – “going down that path.” Thinking thoughts I shouldn’t have been thinking, letting my heart be filled with everything from pride, selfishness, bitterness, and hurt to vengeance, envy, criticism, judgment, and condemnation, and much more to be frank.

Letting my thoughts spiral so out of control I lose sight of the Lord and His Word, fall utterly away from the love of Christ in which I am to live. Getting myself into such a state that I am filled with anger and anything ungodly unimaginable, then ultimately if I’m not careful acting out of my ungodly thoughts. Feeling horrible. Being consumed with self. And the list goes on! Then needing to repent.

The Spirit of God intervened to remind me NOT to go down that path, to STOP that very moment, to repent and turn back to Him and His Word, and to be filled with His Spirit, His love, mercy, hope, peace, joy, etc. rather than to allow my thoughts to go any further. I needed to purify my mind (James 4:8). To purge the wrong thoughts from me. To guard my heart (Proverbs 4:23). And to go forth in the love of Christ for the glory of God.

I have allowed my thoughts and feelings to control me for much of my life. We are to be controlled by Christ, not by the flesh. Not by our fleshly thoughts and feelings. By God’s Spirit, by God’s Word, not by our self-centered fleshly selves.

I have so allowed my wrong thoughts to reign in my life at times, to assume the throne in my heart, that it’s as though I had no say in the matter. No choice. No control. Like I simply had to bow down to them as though there were no other way.

But there is another way! The Lord Jesus Christ. Submission to God almighty. Choosing to rid ourselves of the wrong thoughts and to think thoughts pleasing to Christ. And instead of having ungodly thoughts and acting on them, having godly thoughts and acting on them whereby we are loving and serving and worshiping God and loving and serving others in Christ’s name with Christ-filled hearts. With love-filled hearts. With Holy Spirit-filled hearts. With Bible-filled hearts. With thoughts and feelings honoring to God!

Going down the wrong path with your thoughts? Already there? Turn to the Lord, friend, turn to Jesus, and surrender all – thoughts included – to the Lord! Each and every time the Spirit of God shows you you’re headed down the wrong path, whether in your thoughts and feelings or in your actions or both, turn to the Lord in repentance and head down the right path. The right way. The way who is the Lord Jesus Christ!

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