Your Victory or Defeat Begins with Your Thoughts

Our thoughts hold tremendous power and influence in our lives. I believe that’s why God tells us in Philippians 4:8 “whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” The devil wants to gain access into our lives through our minds.

Our victory or defeat begins with our thoughts. Proverbs 23:7 tells us that as a man thinks in his heart, so is he. In Numbers chapter 14 the children of Israel were given the promise land but refused to enter in because they still had the mentality of slaves. The devil robbed them of their promise by infiltrating their minds. Many in the church today are being robbed of the joy and peace that God has for them because they have given the devil access into their lives through their minds. That’s why it is so important that we cast down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and that we bring into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ as II Corinthians 10:5 instructs us.

When President Truman was in office, he used to frequently take walks to try and connect with the people. On one of his walks, President Truman decided to take a look at the mechanism that raised and lowered the Memorial Bridge over the Potomac. As he walked down the steps he came across the Bridge caretaker, eating his evening supper out of a tin bucket. Showing no surprise that the President of the United States had just walked down the catwalk and suddenly appeared before him, the man said, “You know Mr. President, I was just thinking about you.” It was a greeting that Truman never forgot. Dear friend, If the Lord Jesus showed up today, “Would you be able to say, “You know Lord, I was just thinking about you”? Remember, your victory or defeat begins with your thoughts.

“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.” – Isaiah 26:3

In His Service,
Pastor Jonathan