The above title is direction for our lives and can be found in our Bible – Hebrews 10:24. This week I’ve been studying the book of Hebrews. I love this book. It ties the Old Testament in with the New Testament beautifully.
The past few months I’ve been focused on my thoughts. I am convinced that controlling our thoughts is the key to having the right relationship with God. Each time I read Scripture, verses that direct us to have control over our thinking jump out at me. Now this may very well be because I am studying thoughts and thinking – but I prefer to think of it as a “God-Wink”! In Chapter 10 of Hebrews, these verses leaped off the page at me today:
The Holy Spirit also testifies to us about this. First he says: “This is the covenant I will make with them after that time, says the Lord. I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds.” Then he adds: “Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more.” And where these have been forgiven, there is no longer any sacrifice for sin.
Hebrews 10:15-18 (emphasis mine)
God tells us that he is going to write His Word on our minds. What is in our mind? Our thoughts! One of the absolutes in Scripture is the fact that God cannot lie. Therefore, everything that He promises to us is something we can claim as our own and rely on in this life. There’s another key promise in these verses as well – He will remember our sins no more! I repeat – He will remember our sins no more! How wonderful for each of us. We need to claim this as well and live our lives as a testimony that His promises are true. We cannot do this if we are constantly thinking wrong thoughts – you know those thoughts:
- If only I had a different job
- If only I had a different husband, wife, boyfriend or girlfriend
- If only I had more money
- If only I looked like her (or him)
- If only I would have been a better mother, father, daughter, son, wife, husband…
- If only I hadn’t done such terrible things when I was younger
We all have been guilty of these thoughts. What we need to learn is to grab these thoughts and push them out of our heads and replace them with thoughts of God. That’s the only way to experience His peace and joy.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, 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.