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# 11. Thoughts At Work

Think of our minds as the “work place.” Sometimes we have to work hard to think the right thoughts, but the benefits that come from thinking God’s Words are fantastic! It has the best “benefits package” around…great pay – abundance and blessings beyond measure – plus profit sharing, eternal life, health, and retirement assurance. And the paid vacations are out of this world! There is no thrill like vacationing in the Kingdom of God. The things you get to see and experience there spoil you for any other vacation spot. But…back to our minds, the “work” place. Let’s go into our work cubicles and put our thoughts to work.

Thoughts: Job Description
1. Wage war against every wrong thought.
2. Cast down all imaginations and thoughts that exalt themselves against God’s thoughts.
3. Take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.
4. Renew our minds, so our lives are transformed.
5. Set our minds securely and steadfastly on God, on things above, and on things of the Spirit.
6. Think only on the pure, good, lovely, just, noble, praiseworthy thoughts. (Philippians 4:18)
7. Any other task that is revealed by the Word of God, including special projects.

2 Corinthians 10: 4-5 tells us that our weapons are mighty in God, and that they can pull down strongholds. It goes on to say that these weapons have to do with our thoughts, arguments, and imaginations. We win when we “cast down arguments (imaginations) and every high thing (thought) that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.” Thoughts that do not line up with God’s word are strongholds in our lives, and work against us. When we start thinking God’s thoughts (His Word), we can pull down those strongholds and change our lives! Words (even thinking them) are powerful. God’s Word is powerful and life-changing!

Romans 12:2 says “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. We renew our minds, and change the way we think about things, by meditating on God’s Word. We can be transformed by thinking God’s thoughts.

One of the benefits of setting our minds on God’s Word is peace. We can have peace of mind.
“You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is steadfast on You, because he trusts in You.” (Isaiah 26:3)
“Set your mind on things above.” (Colossians 3:1-2) “Those who live according to the (Holy) Spirit set their minds on things of the Spirit. To be spiritually minded is life and peace.” (Romans 8:5-6) Peace I leave with you.
My peace I give to you. (John 14:27)

Jesus told us in Matthew 6:33 “Seek first the Kingdom, and all these things will be added to you.” These things are what we need to live, like water, food, homes, and clothing. God promises abundant life and exceeding abundance above all that we ask or think. (Ephesians 3:20: John 10:10) Abundance is one of our perks!

Jesus also said in Matthew 6:20-21, “Store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” We store up treasures in heaven by putting God’s Word in our minds. When it is in our minds and hearts, no one can take it away. And the Holy Spirit promises to remind us of it when we need it. Our treasure is secure!

Although our thoughts sometimes have to work overtime, it is a blessing in disguise. When we achieve our thought goals, we get to experience all the joys of a job well done, and we have a sense of accomplishment and victory, resulting in our lives being changed! It is well-worth the effort we put forth to think the right thoughts, and to think God’s thoughts.