There is an idiom or phrase that goes, “left to their own devices.” It essentially means that someone is in a position where they do as they want without any supervision. There can be a positive or a negative side to that.
But I want to restate that phrase for your consideration and think about when we are “left to our own thoughts.” That can be positive or negative as well.
Our thoughts are private. Now, we do know that out of the abundance of our hearts our mouth will speak. What we think, we do say. But no one knows for sure what anyone is thinking unless and until they speak or act on it.
And, should there be any supervision over our thoughts? Yes! Should there be “thought police?" Yes!
It is easy for our minds to drift toward things which are false. Some of you have heard me refer to the book, “Lies Women Believe” by Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth. It is very insightful and a book that Vickie has taught through which was a blessing to her and those in the study. As I have read the book I realized that most [not all because some parts are specific for women] of the book is applicable to everyone and it could almost be titled, “Lies We All Believe.”
Here are a few “thoughts” from that book:
1. THE LIE: God is not really good.
1. God is good, and everything He does is good.
2. God never makes mistakes.
2. THE LIE: God doesn’t love me.
1. God’s love for me is infinite and unconditional.
2. I don’t have to perform to earn God’s love or favor.
3. God always has my best interests at heart.
3. THE LIE: God is just like my father.
1. God is exactly what He has revealed Himself to be in His Word.
2. God is infinitely more wise and loving than any earthly father could ever be.
4. THE LIE: God is not really enough.
1. God is enough. If I have Him, I have all I need.
5. THE LIE: God’s ways are too restrictive.
1. God’s ways are best.
2. God’s restrictions are always for my good.
3. Resisting or rebelling against God’s ways brings conflict and heartache.
6. THE LIE: God should fix my problems.
1. Life is hard.
2. God is more concerned about glorifying Himself and changing me than about solving my problems.
3. God has an eternal purpose He is fulfilling in the midst of my problems.
4. God wants to use my problems as part of His sanctifying process in my life.
5. No matter what problem I am facing, God’s grace is sufficient for me.
Those are a few lies and the truth that counters those lies. We have to be careful that we are not left to our own thoughts because sometimes it will lead us to believe lies.
Should we have a thought police check our thoughts? We should and it should be the Word of God.
Psalm 119:11 I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.
Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
Let the Word of God be the guardian of your mind.
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