CAPTIVE THOUGHTS

Philippians 4:4-9

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

A clear conscience brings peace to the heart and a sense of contentment to the mind. People who are continually rushing and running in and through trouble shouldn’t be surprised to find it hard to relax and forsake feelings of anxiety.

One of the roles of the Holy Spirit is to lead us into all truth, an essential element in gaining a clear conscience. The apostle Paul wrote, “Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things. The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace shall be with you” (Philippians 4:8-9 NASB).

The verses immediately preceding these also add insight: “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! . . . The Lord is near. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (4-7 NASB)

When your thoughts are captivated with things that are not of God, it is difficult to experience the hope of His truth. Only when you are in tune with His loving Spirit can you sense His grace and mercy at work in your life.

Lord, help me to be in tune with Your loving Spirit so I can sense Your grace and mercy at work in my life.

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