In my previous post, I spoke about freedom of the mind and how realizing this impacted me greatly. Not too long after that post went up, those same thoughts came back to haunt me. I thought to myself “THIS IS CRAZY!” I just found inner peace. How can these thoughts resurface? I thought they were gone and fell into the fiery pits of hell where they came from.
When a battle is won, you don’t throw your armor off in the middle of the field. As Christians we are to ALWAYS be aware of our surroundings. How does this impact our mind?
“Finally, brothers and sisters, 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
Our minds must always be on Christ. We must always fill ourselves with the word so that our minds and spirits can be renewed. After that post I was on cloud nine. Because I felt free I didn’t dive into my word or meditate with God like I was doing before. I became vulnerable to my old thoughts because I wasn’t on guard.
True freedom means I choose to walk with Christ daily. I know the only way to feel his presence is if I read and pray. I know that to continue in His peace I must die to my flesh and surrender my mind. It’s the only way I can recognize which thoughts are His and which thoughts I should rebuke.
“but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.””
John 4:14 NIV
When we stay hidden in Christ our needs are fulfilled and our future is secure. Focusing on that daily will help us to turn away negative thoughts and not sink back into our old ways. Always stay thirsty for Christ.