[I am frequently asked through emails, phone calls, etc. how it is that I seem to have such Joy and Peace in spite of my Job-like journey. This is Part 2 in the series.]
Guarding our thought life is an absolute prerequisite to safeguarding the precious Peace that Christ has given to us in the midst of a storm, or during a spiritual war. The Apostle Paul gave specific instruction regarding the safeguarding of our thought life, our mind-sets, etc.:
“The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 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.”
2 Corinthians 10:4-5 (NIV)
Every thought that races through our mind needs to be systematically dealt with, as Paul emphatically stated in verse 5, we are to “take captive every thought and make it obedient to Christ.” This is more than just giving a passing thought a little bit of attention… it is instead a complete and wholesome approach to forcing the outcome of our thoughts to be a Christ-outcome. Looking back to Philippians, it gives to us a list (I like lists, etc… I must be left-brained) of what exactly we can think about so as to be in control of our thought life.
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”
Philippians 4:8 (NIV)