Today’s Scripture: Finally, brethren, 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. Philippians¬†4:8

Some Christian’s minds are held captive by a single thought. This is one of the ways that the enemy attacks. That thought can bring mind-numbing fear.

Some of those thoughts are, “You’re no good,” “You’re of no use in the church or God’s work,” “You’ve blown it so bad that you shouldn’t even try again,” or even, “You’re going to lose your salvation.”

These thoughts can keep us captive if we don’t understand how to allow the Holy Spirit to control our minds. If we allow these destructive thoughts to continue, then we will not be able to live a successful Christian life.

How do we control our thoughts? Remember to meditate on what is true. Meditate on a specific verse of Scripture that deliberately counters your destructive thoughts.

To bring this into the practical realm. Perhaps the thought of “You’re no good” has held your mind captive and kept you from serving Christ. You need to replace this lie with the truth of God’s Word. What is the truth? We are no good but thanks to Christ, we have His goodness. Christ died for us before we did any good at all. Christ loved us when we were unlovely. Meditate on the following verse when faced with this destructive thought.

Romans 5:8 says, “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

Use Scripture when the enemy attacks your mind, and you will experience victory.

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.