Posted by: kbizzie | January 25, 2009

How do you guard?

Tonight, in our Grace Church small group, we discussed at length Romans 12:1-2.  We were greatly aided by Clyde Cranford with the beautiful insights he wrote in his book, “Because We Love Him”.  On the section titled Preventative maintenance:  Guarding the mind, he wrote the following:

2 Corinthians 10:5

“and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.”

“But, how do we take our thoughts captive? One practical method is simply to replace one thought with another.  One of the most practical verses in all of scripture is Philippians 4:8.  This practice is particularly helpful in dealing with sinful thoughts, which we are admonished to replace deliberately with thoughts that are wholesome and good.  Those replacement thoughts might be about a hobby, or the memory of a good experience, or thoughts about doing something good for someone else.  These are higher thoughts that elevate our thinking and discipline our minds to leave base and vulgar thoughts behind.”

“But thoughts that are Higher still are those that come from meditation on the word of God, perhaps on verses we have memorized or passages which speak to us of the attributes of God or the different names of God.  Still higher thoughts are just thoughts about Jesus.  How beautifully Philippians 4:8 describes Christ..True, honorable, right, pure, lovely, of good repute, excellent and worthy of praise!”

(Because we love Him, p. 158, 159)

What a great practice, to replace base and vulgar thoughts with other thoughts that are good.  This is nice practice, but to be truly satisfied, we must go still higher, to thoughts of Jesus.  Make our thoughts obedient to Christ, and let every thought be renewed by Him, for Him, and to Him, this is how I want to guard my mind.  May God grant grace as I’ve prayed much today; “Lord, I’ve got thousands of needs right now, but give me Jesus!”


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