Controlled Thoughts

Proverbs 16:3
“Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.”

“Bro. Domelle, I’m having problems controlling my thoughts. Can you help me?” I have heard this question many times. One of the greatest battles the believer fights is the battle to control their thoughts. There are thoughts of selfishness that must be controlled. There are thoughts of inferiority that must be squelched. There are thoughts of impurity and immortality that must be demolished. There are thoughts of vengeance that need to be ignored. I don’t know what your thoughts are, but controlling your thought life will be the greatest battle you fight and the most substantial victory you can win. If you can control your thought life, you can keep sin from controlling you.

Here is the problem; you can’t control your thought life. There is no believer who can control what they think; however, God shows that He can control your thoughts. The verse above gives the remedy for controlling your thoughts. God says that if you will commit your works to Him that your “thoughts shall be established.” The word “established” means to be fixed, set, entrenched, settled and rooted. In other words, your thoughts can be all of these simply by committing your works to the LORD. Let me share with you what it means to commit your works to the LORD so that you can get control of your thoughts.

First, it means that you invest your life in His works. Psalm 37:4 says, “Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.” The quickest way to change your thought life is to invest your life in the LORD’s work. Whatever a person invests their life into is what they will think about. The only reason a person has a problem with their thoughts is because they are investing their efforts and works into the wrong works or causes. If you will put all your effort and works into serving the LORD, you will find your thoughts will begin to change. You can’t delight yourself in the LORD’s work without your thought life being transformed into godly thoughts.

Second, committing your works to God means to throw your works upon the LORD. 1 Peter 5:7 says, “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” You don’t have to let the things of the world to control your thoughts. You can take it to the LORD in prayer and He will take the load of your burden and help you carry it. Too many believers carry the load themselves because they have never cast their care on the LORD. In other words, stop trying to work out everything yourself and commit it to God and trust Him to take care of your situation. If you will stay busy serving the LORD and commit your problems to Him, your thoughts can go from troubled thoughts to victorious thoughts. God will give you the peace that He will take care of your situation if you will simply give them to Him and let Him take care of your problems for you.

Third, committing your works to God means to engage with Him in His yoke. Matthew 11:29 says, “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.” The best way to get control of your thoughts is to get in the same yoke with the LORD and you will find your thoughts will begin to change immediately. Controlled thoughts are not you controlling them, but God controlling them. Get in God’s yoke and you will find the LORD will establish your thoughts.

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