Have you had your JOY JUICE today? If so, get ready for some JOY-fillled thoughts!
Paul says in 2 Cor. 10:5 that we should “take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” He didn’t say, ”Don’t think,” nor did he say, “Take captive some of your thoughts.” He said to take captive EVERY thought.
In other words, when a thought pops into our mind, we must analyze it quickly. Is it destructive? selfish? Does it degrade & tear down… OR does it encourage, build up, edify?
The late Zig Ziglar was a dynamic motivational speaker that encouraged people to get rid of their negative thought patterns. He taught that in doing so, attitudes and lives can be changed! I’m quite certain that Mr. Ziglar and Paul of the Bible would have been great friends!
Listen to some quotes from Zig Ziglar:
· When you choose to be pleasant and positive in the way you treat others, you have also chosen, in most cases, how you are going to be treated by others.
· You can disagree without being disagreeable.
· To respond is positive, to react is negative.
Zig Ziglar’s words are great! But God’s Word is the BEST! Scripture tells us to “take those thoughts captive” and to “Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” (Col 3:2) Let’s fix our thoughts on Jesus…He is willing to cleanse our hearts and fill us with thoughts of JOY!
Fix your eyes and your thoughts on the JOY of JESUS!