8. Take your thoughts captive.
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Whatever we feed grows; whatever we starve dies. In other words, the more we entertain negative, self-defeating, or depressing thoughts, the more abundant those thoughts become, turning into a snowball of negativity. But we have the power to choose which thoughts we’ll entertain and which ones we’ll toss out.
Part of developing the mind of Christ is learning to think as God does. This means being diligent to discard the lies that bombard our minds each day and replacing them with the truth found in Scripture.
For example, if the thought, “This situation will never change,” comes to mind, we can replace it with, “God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them” (Romans 8:28 NLT).
If we’re tempted to think, “No one cares (about me, this situation, my future),” we can focus on John 3:16, which tells us that God loves us so much, He allowed His beloved Son to die in our place so that we could have a relationship with Him.
Whatever the lie, Scripture has a truth to replace it. We can do this by determining which lies we struggle with the most and find an applicable verse to memorize or meditate on. As we do, that lie will begin to lose its power, and our hope and passion for the things of God will be given room to grow.
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