3 Ways to Control Your Thoughts

Where does your imagination go when your mind wanders? Do you ever catch yourself thinking about things you ought not to be thinking about? The battle for godly living so often takes place in our minds. We might be engaged in a conversation, going for a walk, or doing some work on our computer when all of a sudden — BAM! — a crazy thought hijacks our mind. Here’s three things you can do if you’ve had this experience.

1. Guard the input.

Psalm 101:3 says, “I will set nothing wicked before my eyes.” The same verse in the New Living Translation says, “I will refuse to look at anything vile and vulgar.” If we are going to minimize bad thoughts, we must guard what we set before our eyes. Whether it be pornographic websites, excessively violent movies, or anything else that drags you down, if it’s garbage in, it will be difficult, if not impossible to keep your mind on a good track.

On the other hand, if you are putting into your mind good things, it will be much easier to think about those good things when your mind starts drifting.

2. Memorize Scripture.

When Jesus was tempted by Satan, He responded three times by quoting Bible verses. I have some passages of Scripture that I have memorized years and years ago that still come back to me at will. Memorizing Scripture is, BY FAR, an excellent practice to set your heart and mind on things above. Find just one or two verses that deal with your need. Commit them to memory. You will never regret it!

3. Pray

Prayer is how we connect with the Lord. We must discipline ourselves to maintain an active and consistent prayer life. When I hear of a Christian who has fallen into sin, I often wonder how they were doing in their prayer life. Spend time with God in prayer. This is a way to be a strong and mature believer.

One of the best passages about controlling your thoughts is Philippians 4:8-9. We will be taking a look at this passage at Saturday Night Church this coming November 12. Make plans now to join us!

What other ways do you think are helpful to keep your mind where it needs to be? Start the conversation below.