Bible Promise for the Day – Getting the Thought Life Under Control

God's Promises Are Ever Faithful
God’s Promises Are Ever Faithful

Proverbs 16:3 “Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.”

Christians often find that they have trouble in their thought life. They have difficulty in bringing their thoughts under control, and unpleasant or wrong thoughts can suddenly erupt, and this often occurs when trying to pray or when idle.

Of course, having these thoughts makes it very difficult to honor God in the mind or in the life, since the one follows the other. Until the mind can gain control over the thoughts, there will never be much true victory in the life. Satan is often the source.

This verse provides a clue as to how victory can be obtained. The verse first tells the believer to “Commit thy works unto the LORD,” which means to make a determined decision about serving God. You choose to serve Him and to follow His leading. Make it part of your decision that you are not turning back on that decision, too.

This means it cannot be a half-hearted decision that implies that you will see if you like it – and if not, you will quit. There is no determination there and you are not fooling God. Think about God’s decision to save you. Once Christ was born of Mary – there waited a Cross for Him one day. He did not think twice about giving all for you.

After you make that commitment, God will want you to spend much time in the Word. God will begin to keep the wrong thoughts under control for you, and will help you to get even greater control. As you spend more time in the Word, you will discover that He has changed your thought life altogether.

Old thoughts will return from time to time as Satan throws temptations your way. With God’s help, though, He will give you the victory and you will thank Him for it. Be in prayer along with meditating on the Word, and you will begin to discover a victory you did not think possible.

Remember, God’s Word is plain to those who will believe it. The promises and their answers and blessings are for them, too.

Bible Promise for the Day – The Stable Christian Life

God's Promises Are Ever Faithful
God’s Promises Are Ever Faithful

Colossians 2:7 “Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.”

While Christians are going to experience both hills and valleys in their life, as David did, it is not necessary to be hurt by them. Instead, like Job, the trials of life can be used to influence and strengthen our lives, so that ultimately we come forth as gold for His glory.

The above Bible verse, spoken by Paul, reveals God’s general will for every believer. God desires that every one of His children be “stablished in the faith.” This means unshaken by the events we meet with day to day.

As we look at the Lord Jesus and how He acted and reacted to the things He met with daily, we see a steady life. He was calm in heart and mind and unruffled by most things. He was, however, often angry with unbelief, because it would not allow Him to work.

When unbelief exists in our own lives it prevents Christ and the Holy Spirit from giving us the fruit of the Spirit spoken of in Galatians 5:22,23. Those verses tell us: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” Apart from His Spirit, the opposite characteristics will often be seen: anger, impatience, easily irritated, etc.

The way we become stabilized in Christ is by drawing deeply on the resources Christ provides. This involves becoming “rooted and built up in him.” When “rooted” in Christ, it means we have our roots deep in Him and are constantly drawing from Him His comfort, grace, power, joy, vision, and more. We put our roots in Christ deeply by being daily in the Word, fellowshipping regularly with other strong believers, praying, witnessing, and more.

A tree with deep roots is not easily blown down by storms. It can withstand it. It also is not easily hurt by drought, because its roots find those deeper springs.

Being established in Christ often begins with following what you were taught earlier: “as ye have been taught,” Paul said. Where were you taught these things that will establish your spiritual walk with God? Most likely in Church. Be faithful there.

Paul mentions one more thing about being established in Christ. Those who are don’t need to be told this because they already know: “abounding therein with thanksgiving.” Christians who are solid in faith are thankful people, and they know very well Who it is that blesses them.