Stay Sober-Minded

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“Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ” 1 Peter 1:13, ESV

“Casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ” 2 Corinthians 10:5, NKJV.

I have never experienced being drunk with alcohol. I don’t know what it feels like to be completely out of it, as though I’ve just been on a bad roller coaster. But even though I don’t know what alcohol intoxication feels like, I have experienced a different type of intoxication that is just as terrible and far more dangerous. It’s the state of being completely wasted in my mind. It was as if every negative thought was a shot glass filled with toxic substance and the enemy was standing by saying “chug, chug, chug!” After a while of consuming the negative thoughts, my words became toxic and my behavior changed dramatically.

When we allow ourselves to consistently think on negative thoughts and have an undisciplined thought-life, before long we are no longer our real selves. So many people have done all sorts of things that are out of character while in a state of intoxication in their minds. My sisters, we must learn to discipline our thought life and meditate on the right things. You can apply what I call the “Three Second Rule”. It’s when you don’t give more than three seconds to negative thoughts. That’s what you do when you’re determined to have a disciplined mind. When those thoughts come that are contrary to Gods Word, say out of your mouth, “No I am not thinking on those negative thoughts in Jesus’ name! I take them captive in the obedience of Christ. I cast down every ungodly imagination. I rebuke every negative thought. It will get none of my time or attention!”

We must stay sober and vigilant in our minds because if we sit and think on negative thoughts too long, we are bound to say and do things we will regret. It’s only after we sober up that we realize how terrible we behaved and the consequences of our negative thinking. Every action begins with a thought. So watch your thoughts. If we can change how we think, we can change how we respond to people and situations in our lives.

Prayer: Father God, forgive me for all of the negative thinking I have allowed in my life. You gave me the mind of Christ. You gave me a spirit of power, love, and a sound mind. Holy Spirit, I ask that You teach me how to keep a disciplined thought life. Help me learn to watch my thoughts when I’m at work, when I’m alone, when I’m at church, and when I’m around my family. Help me to think on the right things, so I can do the right things and respond is a way that pleases You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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