“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
Recently, I was able to attend the annual state meeting for my profession as a registered dietitian nutritionist. I always love this time of year getting to catch up with colleagues I haven’t seen in forever while also getting the continuing education that I need regarding the advances of nutrition science. However, in a real moment of transparency, I often have bouts of anxiety related to this meeting, frequently succumbing to thoughts of inadequacy as I hear about all of the more interesting and glamorous things others are doing in my profession.
I sat down for the first session of the morning that featured wisdom from a handful of local dietitians in the state. One of the dietitians featured was my childhood friend, Megan. When she was asked what keeps her grounded and sane in the midst of the daily grind of work, Megan said, “I choose joy. Thoughts are like meals…we can choose to consume something nourishing and joyful or toxic and deadly.” Talk about a truth bomb right there! Despite my love for God and my nerdy passions for nutrition and food, this analogy was something I had never actively thought about. Though I sat through the rest of the sessions that day, I couldn’t shake this analogy of thoughts and meals.
Just as the meals we consume have the nutrients that affect the overall health of our body, our thoughts, when fully consumed, affect the overall health of our spirit and soul. Paul was very keen on the power of our thoughts and their effect on the spirit. In his closing thoughts to the Philippians, he instructs:
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, 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.” Philippians 4:8
My sisters, what are you choosing to consume today? You may be offered a thoughtful lie from the enemy, but it is an active choice whether or not to consume it. We live in a broken world that can provide danger when our mind is in an idle state. Actively choosing our thoughts, and focusing them on the purpose of His kingdom can help us choose joy in any circumstance.
“Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.” – Colossians 3:2
Here are three ways to help us stay deliberate in consuming thoughts of the kingdom:
- A Regular and Diverse Intake of Scripture- The best way to keep our mind focused on Him is to read about Him. Ephesians 6:17 calls us to put on the Helmet of salvation by believing that Jesus Christ died for our sins and rose again. It’s easy to push away the lie of the enemy when we have the truth of God to consume instead.
- Make an Effort to Memorize Scripture- Memorizing scripture helps us flow His Word from our minds to our hearts in every circumstance. Revive Our Hearts Ministries eloquently states that memorizing scripture strengthens the muscle that locks the door when ungodly thoughts beg to be let in.
- Pray – Talking to God directly and pouring our hearts out to Him can keep our minds actively engaged in our purpose for His kingdom. When we are actively praying for others and the desires of our heart according to God’s will, it can be difficult for the enemy to serve us up with a thoughtful lie to consume.
“For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace, because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so” – Romans 8:5-7
“Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at His coming.” 1 Peter 1:13
“You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts You.” Isaiah 26:3
“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:2
Father God, I pray that as Your daughters we would choose joy in every circumstance. We know that the enemy is the father of lies, but you are the Father of our hearts. Lord, I pray against anything that is not of You that is in our lives. We bind away any spirit of fear, anxiety, selfishness, anger, or inadequacy. Lord, I pray that You would replace any thought that is not of You with Your unfailing truth. Help us to see You and choose to consume Your Word, our daily bread, in every circumstance. We thank You always for Your grace, mercy, and ultimate gift of salvation. In Your precious name we pray, Amen.
Sheena Gregg is a Christian, wife, and passionate friend to as many as she can meet. As a registered dietitian nutritionist, she works daily to help her patients and loved ones establish a healthy relationship with food and recognize that God gave us these gifts for both nourishment and as a gift of celebration. with God bringing glory to every heartache, Sheena has battled and won against her own bondage of an eating disorder and continues to hold tight to His promises in her current chapter of life with infertility. She takes confidence in His words “Daughter, take courage; your faith has made you well” He so beautifully promises in Matthew 9:22. Craving God Ministries gives Sheena an opportunity to expose the miracles and freedom that can be found while beautifully broken in all circumstances. “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17