Isaiah 8:11 The Lord has given me a strong warning not to think like everyone else does.
Breathing taking statement! How are we suppose to think? To know that we must, WE MUST get out our Bibles for ourselves and in prayer read what God's word tells us. As Christians we are not suppose to look like the world, think like the world, talk like the world, live like the world. We are not suppose to seek after the things of the world.
It's funny it is not an easy thing to do, but it makes life easier when we do it! The world is always telling us, "You will be happy when...." Then that happiness promised last minutes, sometimes days. Then the world tells us "No, no you will be happy when...." It keeps us chasing. Then we are left separated from our families for hours upon hours seeking or paying for that happiness the world promises.
The minute we begin to think the way God tells us to think, the calmer our lives become. Peace fluids our souls, we find joy in the smallest of places we have strength when we need it and rest when we need it. We can feel fear leave our bodies.
We are not called to be like the world, we are called to stand out from the world! If we are thinking like the world, we are going to be like the world.
The world likes to tell us that we can't help what we think...here God tells Isaiah that he can choose not to think like the world. It takes prayer and practice. It takes knowing God's word. Sometimes it takes writing down what our thoughts should be and reading what we need to be thinking over and over out loud to drown out the thoughts of the world. But it can be done! And in doing so we can find a peace that passes all understanding!
I challenge you today to take at least one worldly thought captive and replace it with what .god tells us to think. Pay attention to how it effects your day! If you don't know what to replace that thought with ask someone you trust to help you. Make the effort to make the change. God will honor that effort!