November 19 Devotion

Here’s an interesting question: “How can something we can’t see control so much of who we are, determine what we feel and what we do and what we say or don’t, dictate how we move or sleep, and inform what we want, what we hate, and what we love?”

What we are talking about here is our thoughts. They have tremendous control over our actions. The good and the bad. And even more interesting to me is that even though they have so much “control” over us, we ultimately have the ability to shift the focus of them. We can decide what we think about. What an amazing gift that God has given us. 

In the Bible there’s an example of someone doing exactly that. The Apostle Paul. Talk about someone doing a complete 180. We know his story. Before converting, Paul was known as Saul. He worked on sending believers to prison. Men and women alike. While on his way to Damascus to arrest and extradite Christians back to Jerusalem, Saul was confronted by Jesus. And from that moment on, he shifted his thoughts to serving our Lord and Savior. Paul “chose” to live under the power of the Holy Spirit. We can do the same thing. The world tells us how we should think and view things. How we should believe. How we should agree with the masses. But the Holy Spirit gives us the same power that Paul had. This is the same power that raised Jesus from the dead. That’s the power to shift our focus. The power to take control of the battle in our minds. The power to serve God by serving others. Is today the day for you to take control? Maybe it is.

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