Skip to main content

Governance required

The thoughts of those who are right with God can be trusted, but the words of the sinful are false. (Proverbs 12:5)

Have you ever thought to yourself, "Where did THAT thought come from?" There have been times when I found myself considering some thought that seemed to come 'out of left field' without any idea of its source. I had to stop myself, actually reflect on the 'wisdom' of the thought, and then reject it without further thought because there wasn't much 'wisdom' in it at all. I think this is why scripture does so much to warn us of the power of the mind - thoughts can be good or evil, but they can also be somewhere in-between. We have both the requirement and authority to examine our thoughts and consider the 'source'. If the 'source' isn't bearing up to the truth we know about God, how he works, what he says about us, or what he says about others, it is likely not the best thought to be dwelling upon.

Let me assure you I know how hard it is to 'change' a thought pattern once it gets established in our own lives, so why are we constantly trying to meddle in someone else's lives over their thought lives. There is more truth to the saying, "Curiosity killed the cat", than we may actually appreciate. Meddling in the affairs of another will get us into trouble, for sure. That said, God actually helps us 'sort out' our 'unreliable thought patterns' when we are with close friends who are also following close to Jesus. Notice I said they were following close to Jesus - it is unwise to run our thoughts past someone who is not aware of what scripture outlines as the boundaries for our lives. Wise counsel doesn't tell us which thought patterns are right or wrong, but it will help us to determine where there may be any untruth in what we are considering.

The man right with God can trust his thoughts. Why? God's 'governance' over our minds makes it easier to 'spot' any untruth when it presents itself to us. Have you ever had one of those moments when you just knew something 'felt a bit off' about a circumstance, opportunity, or idea? That was God's Spirit within you helping you to 'sort out' those thoughts about the matter at hand. Some think 'governance' is kind of a harsh word to describe the life God wants with us, but all obedience is really submission to some form of 'governance' in our lives. We can submit to our own governance if we desire, but that probably won't get us very good things. We can submit to the governance of someone we look up to but putting our trust in the authority of any man or woman is not a good thing because they are equally as fallible as we are! Trust in the Lord and realize the 'freedom' of governance that actually provides the highest degree of protection over your life - including your thought life. Just sayin!


Popular posts from this blog

What did obedience cost Mary and Joseph?

As we have looked at the birth of Christ, we have considered the fact he was born of a virgin, with an earthly father so willing to honor God with his life that he married a woman who was already pregnant.  In that day and time, a very taboo thing.  We also saw how the mother of Christ was chosen by God and given the dramatic news that she would carry the Son of God.  Imagine her awe, but also see her tremendous amount of fear as she would have received this announcement, knowing all she knew about the time in which she lived about how a woman out of wedlock showing up pregnant would be treated.  We also explored the lowly birth of Jesus in a stable of sorts, surrounded by animals, visited by shepherds, and then honored by magi from afar.  The announcement of his birth was by angels - start to finish.  Mary heard from an angel (a messenger from God), while Joseph was set at ease by a messenger from God on another occasion - assuring him the thing he was about to do in marrying Mary wa

A brilliant display indeed

Love from the center of who you are ; don’t fake it. Run for dear life from evil; hold on for dear life to good. Be good friends who love deeply ; practice playing second fiddle. Don’t burn out; keep yourselves fueled and aflame. Be alert servants of the Master, cheerfully expectant. Don’t quit in hard times; pray all the harder. (Romans 12:9-12) Integrity and Intensity don't seem to fit together all that well, but they are uniquely interwoven traits which actually complement each other. "Love from the center of who you are; don't fake it." God asks for us to have some intensity (fervor) in how we love (from the center of who we are), but he also expects us to have integrity in our love as he asks us to be real in our love (don't fake it). They are indeed integral to each other. At first, we may only think of integrity as honesty - some adherence to a moral code within. I believe there is a little more to integrity than meets the eye. In the most literal sense,

Do me a favor

If you’ve gotten anything at all out of following Christ, if his love has made any difference in your life, if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you, if you have a heart, if you care—then do me a favor: Agree with each other, love each other, be deep-spirited friends. Don’t push your way to the front; don’t sweet-talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand. (Philippians 2:1-4) Has God's love made ANY difference in your life? What is that difference? Most of us will likely say that our lives were changed for the good, while others will say there was a dramatic change. Some left behind lifestyles marked by all manner of outward sin - like drug addiction, alcoholism, prostitution, or even thievery. There are many that will admit the things they left behind were just a bit subtler - what we can call inward sin - things like jealousy,