Does your thought life reflect the faith you have in Christ Jesus? If you’re human, than the private reflections that bounce around your cranium probably seem anything but faithful to the Gospel. With our culture continually delighting in moral decadence, the conscience takes a prolonged shellacking every day. However, those of the faith know that the pivotal battleground begins in the mind. The question remains, “How can we even approach holiness when immorality is exalted as liberty?”
The critical step to sanctifying your thought life is to discern what you spend your time thinking about. We must ponder, “Does my thought life reflect the mind of Christ?” If even thinking about opening up the underbelly of your thought life makes you cringe, then it’s time for a Spirit-led detox.
Sanctification comes with first identifying that which is defiling your conscience. Do you find yourself constantly fantasizing about winning arguments against your enemies, being self-justified, taking out your frustrations on those who have hurt you, or wallowing in self-pity? If you look closely, you won’t find any of those actions in heaven.
“Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.” -Ephesians 4:31
If our Savior doesn’t acquiesce those emotions, then it’s a blaring indicator that we should avoid in partaking. Meditating upon self-righteousness, bitterness, and lust is a prescription to get yourself broken. Satan is active, and he utilizes every one of his principalities to whisper doubts and blasphemies in every corner of culture, politics, and recreation. The current narrative that society has chosen is that as long as we feel like we should do or have something, then it’s our right to indulge.
Lies like that means that people have wandered in confusion by living out a counterfeit life where they declare that they are victims of their genetics and chained to their feelings. That’s why we see the following tragedies: mass shootings driven by rage and inner torment, women clamoring for their right to end their “mistake” of having a baby, the LGBT movement that claims they cannot change their desires, and the atheists that prattle on in their morbid championing of nihilism. Society’s current trend is to embrace hopelessness and fight for their right to be victims. As a result, this mentality means that we have denied the glory of God. Consequently, we reject the One whose glory is the only hope we can cling to.
While it is correct that we all are slaves to our sin nature, the fact that we are fallen does not erase the reality of freedom. With the resurrection of Jesus, all claims that there is no freedom from feelings have been utterly rendered invalid. Salvation through Jesus Christ molds slaves into servicemen, allowing us to become heirs in the army of God. Our sin nature has died and our thought life now becomes a daily choice between unearthing the old man or clothing ourselves with the new man that is hidden in Christ.
“Knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin.” -Romans 6:6
Sanctification comes with meditation on the Scripture, because that is one of the critical ways in which the Holy Spirit teaches us how we ought to think. Once we are willing to listen, it takes discipline to cast down every vain imagination and make every thought obedient to Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5). This is not some type of suppression, but rather, a pursuit of aligning our desires with that of Christ. Sanctifying your thought life is not merely a possibility; it’s the norm that God calls us to live out.
“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.” -Colossians 3:1-3
It comes down to knowing who you are and how you reflect it. We are a royal priesthood, a holy nation (1 Peter 2:9) and knowing that means that you will fulfill a life that’s worthy of your calling in Christ. We must choose to live by the Word of God and wisdom of the Holy Spirit rather than by the pangs of our emotions and the veracity of what we feel. If we do what we feel, we will shatter everything around us. The Holy Spirit is an advocate, and if we decide to tune in, we’ll know rather than simply feel. The Holy Spirit has always told a different story from the world, and He hasn’t changed now. So rather than headbang along with the hysteria, remember that the Spirit leads when all men decide to wander about with blinders. Don’t be the blind man.
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
Kevin Cochrane is a nineteen year old writer with the distinct purpose of radically restoring everyone with ears to hear to the original testimony of Jesus Christ. The great pursuit of his life is to live by the words he writes and develop his character along with the prose he pens. For updates on his latest blog posts, you can follow him on Twitter @RunFree_KC or click the follow button at the bottom of the page to receive notifications by email.