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Daily Bible Study With Purpose

Guiding Scripture: “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 10:5)

 

🔴 Are You Taking Your Thoughts Captive?

 

It happens to the best of us—that moment when you find yourself aimlessly scrolling on your phone, or scanning Netflix for something new to watch, or even just letting your mind wander while you stare off into the distance. We’ve all been there. Daydreaming is one thing, but most people have no idea how out of control their thought lives are in general. And that’s a big problem because your thoughts influence virtually every aspect of your life in some way. Proverbs 23:7 says, “For as [a man] thinks in his heart, so is he.”

So, how do we get our thought lives in order? As our guiding Scripture says, we need to “take every thought captive” that goes against the nature of God. In other words, it starts with being intentional; we must think about what we’re thinking.

One of the most effective ways I’ve found to do that is by conducting what I call a “thought audit.” Here’s how it works:

 

  1. Pay attention to what you are receiving and why. That includes all types of media, both informative and entertainment-based. To what kind of music do you listen? What kind of news do you consume? How does it make you feel when you hear it? There’s a difference between being informed and being influenced. Influence begins when the information affects your mood. 
  2. Pay attention to who you are listening to and why. Consider the different voices you hear throughout your day, i.e., podcasters, social media influencers, coworkers, etc. How do you feel when you listen to them? Are they uplifting you or bringing you down? Philippians 4:8 instructs us, “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.”
  3. Be willing to course-correct if your thought life gets off track. Despite our best efforts, we’re human, and we all have moments of weakness (especially during a year that’s as chaotic as 2020). The key is to recognize when that happens and adjust. Read the Bible to help you reestablish a Godly perspective. Seek God in prayer and repent. Talk to other Christ-followers who can encourage you and help you regain your focus.

As I like to tell my children, “You can’t always control the thoughts that come into your head, but you can control whether or not they stay there.” At the end of the day, you have to choose where to focus your mind, and God has given you the power to do it.

Try conducting a “thought audit” of your thought life this week. You might be surprised at what you discover.

~Lisa C. Gant

 

LISA C. GANT: CEO & Founder of Purpose Without Apology, the Podcast. Tune in for weekly podcasts and connect with Lisa on Instagram. Visit www.lisacgant.com for more information. 

 

 

Daily Bible Study with Purpose

Guiding Scripture: “Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it.’” (Isaiah 30:21)

 

🔴 Making Decisions God’s Way

Not long ago, I was presented with an investment opportunity that looked great on paper. People were gathering together in the spirit of building wealth, and as long as everyone contributed to the greater mission, we would all win. That was the claim, anyway. It seemed incredible, almost too good to be true.

And it was. And I almost fell for it.

At the outset, everything looked legit. A trusted individual invited me to discuss the details, and I presented the proposal to my husband. We were budding investors, but we did our research and felt ready to move forward. 

Until we prayed about it.

 That was when we got a distinct feeling that something was wrong.

Without knowing exactly why, my husband and I decided to back out of the venture, only to discover later that things weren’t what they seemed. That is why you must invite God to help you make decisions, especially major ones.

2020 has been a year full of significant decisions for people around the world. Parents had to decide if and when to send their children to school during a pandemic. Hurting families made tough sacrifices when faced with job losses or rising medical costs. And the United States has faced one of the most contentious political elections of our generation. 

How do we, as Christians, make wise choices during so much chaos?

 The Bible gives us several precise steps to take:

  1. Ask God for wisdom. James 1:5 tells us, “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” God isn’t some cold deity in the sky, watching and laughing at us as we struggle through life. He is deeply concerned about our needs and more than willing to supply the wisdom we need to make the right decisions. But first, we must ask Him for help.
  2. Seek advice from sources/people you can trust. It’s dangerous to make all of your most important decisions alone. God designed us to function in a community. Proverbs 11:14 says, “Without wise leadership, a nation falls; there is safety in having many advisers.” Just make sure your inner circle includes people who are mature, discreet, and willing to disagree with you when necessary.
  3. Let God’s peace lead you. Philippians 4:6-7 instructs us, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” That is arguably the most critical step in making significant decisions. If you have sought wisdom from God and others and still don’t have peace, that is often a red flag. Either your lack of peace is being caused by your fear (which needs to be cast out), or it’s a warning from God about your decision. 

Are you facing a significant decision in your life right now? If so, take some quiet time to follow the steps listed above. Whether you look to the right or the left, I can promise you’ll hear the Lord telling you which way to go. You just need to listen.

~Lisa C. Gant

LISA C. GANT: CEO & Founder of Purpose Without Apology, the Podcast. Tune in for weekly podcasts and connect with Lisa on Instagram. Visit www.lisacgant.com for more information. 

 


This devotional was written by Lisa C. Gant a loving contributor to Our Given Purpose®. Edited by Torrie Slaughter in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

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