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Prisoner of Our Thoughts

For the rest, my brothers, whatever things are true, whatever things have honour, whatever things are upright, whatever things are holy, whatever things are beautiful, whatever things are of value, if there is any virtue and if there is any praise, give thought to these things.  (Philippians 4:8, Bible in Basic English)

A few years ago I saw a diagram that looked something like this:

Thoughts -> Actions -> Habits -> Character

The explanation goes something like this.  Those thoughts that fill our minds often cause us to act upon them in certain ways.  Being creatures of habit, we often repeat those actions.  If we repeat certain actions, at some point they become habits for us.  Those habits that we continue become the basis of our character.  So our character, who we are, is based on our habits that are developed out of our actions that are based on our thoughts.

Whether or not you believe the Bible, it’s hard to argue with the truth in this verse.  Paul must have had times where his thoughts bothered and concerned him.  He realized the importance of our thoughts and encourages us to think on good things.  I know it’s helped me many times.

I remember a particular religious person that just always seemed to bug the stew out of me, always seemingly creating strife, being dishonest or just not being what I thought was “real”.  Not that I’m perfect, I’m not.  Should have I been bothered? Probably not.  But I was.  And I found that as I focused on good things, on holy things, on beautiful things, then those bad thoughts would be crowded out and overcome by the good.

Even now, I struggle with my thoughts.  I’m sure you do too.  They often hold us prisoner and make us slaves to act upon them, which ultimately, whether seen or unseen, becomes the basis of who we are, our character.  Think of the one addicted to pornography, I have heard many say how they’re tormented, held prisoner to their thoughts.  Think of the one who constantly thinks the world is out to get them.  They’re captives to what they think.  Or how about those who just always think they’re right?  They, too, are a prisoner of war.

2 Corinthians 10:5 reads, “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.” (NIV).

Paul was on to something.  Our thoughts hold us captive.  Like a prisoner of war, we’re destined to bow to the whims of what rules us, of what our thoughts tell us.  We’re captive, we’re chained and we’re not free.  It’s time to turn the tide on our thoughts.  Instead of being held captive by our thoughts, isn’t it high time we take our thoughts captive?  Shouldn’t we do as Paul suggested and take our thoughts captive to the obedience of Christ.  Shouldn’t we dwell on those good things, those beautiful things, those things that are commendable?

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Hidden in the Jungle

There are people all over the world who have never heard about Jesus.  The Amazon Basin in South America is home to several hundred culturally distinct people groups.  Here is a video about the Amazon Basin and its people.

Hidden in the Jungle

Into the Congo

I admire the work of missionaries all over the world.  I find it fascinating (in fact I was thinking about writing a book about this recently before coming across the video link below) that there are many stories about people in different tribes and countries that have had dreams or visions about someone from far away that would come to see them and tell them of Jesus.  Later, that visitor does come and it has a profound impact on the one(s) who experienced the vision or dream.  I recall one story about a man who had a dream to go to a certain street corner in his country, some distance away, at a certain time and wait for a particular person.  At the same time, that particular person experiences certain circumstances that cause him to go to that one specific location.  Call it crazy if you must.  I find it quite interesting and beyond the natural realm of experience.  I’d be interested to hear anyone else’s stories.

Into the Congo

I’d Rather Have Jesus – Crabb Family

Good Sunday morning. There are lots of things that vie for our attention and there are lots of things in life that we seek after, hoping to be satisfied by them. We look for that satisfaction in money and material things, in success, in power, in relationships. Many times, we long for the applause and adulation that people give.

Philippians 3:7-11 reads, “But those things which were profit to me, I gave up for Christ. Yes truly, and I am ready to give up all things for the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, which is more than all: for whom I have undergone the loss of all things, and to me they are less than nothing, so that I may have Christ as my reward, and be seen in him, not having my righteousness which is of the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: That I may have knowledge of him, and of the power of his coming back from the dead, and a part with him in his pains, becoming like him in his death; If in any way I may have the reward of life from the dead.”  (Bible in Basic English)

I think we all have a “satisfaction center” in our minds and hearts that longs to be completely filled and satisfied. That is why we constantly search for something to make us happy. When we don’t find it, we try to find something else to fill it. For me, the only thing I’ve found that truly satisfies is Jesus Christ.

You can read more about the history of this great hymn here.  I hope you enjoy the Crab Family’s version of Rhea F. Miller’s song made famous by George Beverly Shea.

Wild at Heart – John Eldredge

Wild at Heart is a great book. I read it a few years ago and it has continued to impact my life.

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