Part of our spiritual discipline is to guard against thoughts operating independently of God. Thoughts produce thought patterns so that what begins as merely a thought develops into a central meditation; having begun to meditate, or dwell upon a thought or pattern of thought, momentum builds to carry the thought through to fulfillment at some level.

To arrive at a place in your thought life where you have developed your consciousness around something other than what God approves is a matter of wasted energy, at the very least. What to do? Reverse it—turn it around until the message is a correct one; reverse the main thought at the center of your meditation, and don’t forget to include other thoughts related to the main one. Isolate every renegade idea as though its personality was present in the room with you—it is. Speak “life” words concerning thoughts you want to change, even talking to yourself out loud. Then structure your thoughts accordingly. The Lord has said, I know the thoughts I have for you! If the Lord structures His thoughts concerning you, be assured he expects you to do the same.

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when you shall search for me with all your heart. And I will be found of you, saith the LORD: and I will turn away your captivity . . .” (Jeremiah 29:11-14 KJV)

Amen.

Jeremiah 29

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