Daily Devotional – I’m Normal.™ I AM Ministries
“To promote Godly living in a culture committed to destroying it”
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Metacognitive. I first heard this fifty-dollar word as part of a business seminar I attended. It means thinking about what you’re thinking about. The seminar demonstrated how being metacognitive could improve business results. Further reflection revealed that thinking about what you’re thinking about was even more important in our relationship with God than it was in business or other areas.
One thing my Christian life exposed is how I tend to give myself over to Christ piece by piece. Even with the best intentions of giving Him everything, I have difficulty giving Him control all at once. It’s like a tug-of-war or a wrestling match, with Christ continually pulling to get control over the portions of my life I wish to control. It often seems Christ is gaining control over my life one piece at a time. This is not normal – He wants control over my entire life. The same applies to all Christians.
The more metacognitive I became, the more I realized the piece of my life I have the most trouble giving over to Christ is my thought life. I’m also becoming convinced the most important thing I can give over to Christ is my thought life – my total mind, my thoughts, attitudes, concepts, philosophies, and our world-view. It seems the first step toward total surrender is to give Christ total control of your mind.
To test my hypothesis, I turned to Scripture. The Bible says we are to love God “..with all our heart, with all our soul and with all our mind”. (Matthew 22:37). It also says we are to “Let this same mind be in us that was in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 2:5). In 2 Corinthians 10:5, we are told to “..take capture every thought to make it obedient to Christ”. Obviously, God considers our thought life a crucial part of our being. We must practice strict mind control in order to start on a close relationship with Him.
One reason mind control is so important is that if your mind is not with Christ, it is with Satan. Satan battles relentlessly to gain control of your mind. He had control of your mind before you gave yourself over to Christ and he is furious over losing total mind control. He wants nothing more than to recover the total mind control he had previously. Now, he wants to take back the strongholds of darkened, depraved, negative, critical thinking he dominated formerly. If he can do this, he will separate you from your LORD.
Both God and Satan understand an important concept – whoever or whatever controls your mind controls you. That is why we need to exert total mind control and take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. Our thoughts become our life. What we think is eventually what we become. If you govern your mind to think holy, righteous, spiritual thoughts, you become a spiritual person. If you allow your mind to think otherwise, you will be controlled by the darkness.
Scripture tells us clearly it is normal to be metacognitive and to think about what we are thinking about. The Bible tells us it is crucial to guard your mind and to monitor your thoughts very carefully. Every temptation begins with a thought and the battle with sin is always lost or won in the mind. This is a battle we fight daily, moment to moment.
Today, start thinking about what you are thinking about. The better you become at mind control the better your relationship with Christ will be, and that’s something definitely worth thinking about.
In His love and service,
A servant of Jesus Christ
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