Thoughts that aren’t creative or inspiring don’t come from God. Many thoughts we have that are repetitive and negative are reactions to negatively charged energy in our environment. An example would be if you were to see a snake, you would think to yourself “icky,” or perhaps you would have a brief reaction of fear then disgust. Essentially, that is the power of the enemy – to provoke fear or disgust or both. If you don’t react with fear, a snake will not bite.
Christians have all authority over the enemy (Matthew 28:18, Luke 10:19). It has no power to hurt us. Therefore there is no fear in Christ. The devil is destroyed, he already fell from heaven. His only power is in deception to provoke Christians, who do have power, to act badly. However, Christians have the mind of Christ, which is the heart and soul of Christ, which is also the Word (1 Corinthians 2:16). It can not be stolen, killed, taken, given, or destroyed. Jesus said in John 8:51 (NIV), “Very truly I tell you, whoever obeys my word will never see death.”
When you have the mind of Christ, you should be thinking positively and creatively. You should never experience fits of rage, envy, idolatry or loss of control. since the Holy Spirit gives us self-control (Galatians 5:22-23). This is why in the following passage Paul was not talking about homosexuality but the abusive mind which does not come from Christ and can easily be heterosexual, asexual, bisexual or homosexual (any sexual orientation):
They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.
Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.
Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents;
Restraint from certain activities doesn’t restrain the mind. In fact it only causes the mind to lose control because it is a dependence on man-made laws and a concession that you are not in Christ. Dependence on the law is considered a lawlessness of the mind. If you are in Christ, you are dependent on Christ to make you righteous not your own works through dependence on man-made laws. To be dependent on your own works to make you right with God is considered self-righteousness and it doesn’t please God. It is better explained in Colossians 2:20-22 (NIV). It states,
Since you died with Christ to the elemental spiritual forces of this world, why, as though you still belonged to the world, do you submit to its rules: “Do not handle! Do not taste! Do not touch!”? These rules, which have to do with things that are all destined to perish with use, are based on merely human commands and teachings.
Once we belong to Christ, we are resurrected with Him. We have died to sin and are alive and can “do all this through him who gives [us] strength” (Phillipians 4:13 NIV). In Job 42:2 (NIV), Job speaks of God saying, “I know that you can do all things; no purpose of yours can be thwarted.”
Know that if you lose your peace you have sinned and should ask Christ for forgiveness. Christ gives peace immutable and one way to know you’ve hurt Christ is if you lose your peace. To lose your peace is to lose your mind. If you do make a mistake and sin, return to Christ and He will forgive (1 John 1:9).
Since Christ is within us, He hears all of our thoughts. They all matter to Him. Keep in constant communion with Christ by asking forgiveness and guidance continually and He will give it (Luke 11:13). You only need ask once for something. Christ says in Matthew 6:7 (NIV), “And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words.” Pagans (unbelievers) repeat themselves because they have no faith in God and believe Him to be both deaf and stupid.
Anything that is a work or “created thing” like Paul described in the quote above will drain your life force because it is not operating in the “flow” that is the ease that Christ gives. To worship a work, or the law is to practice idolatry and as sin, idolatry kills the body. Jesus said in Matthew 22:37-40 (NIV) that the greatest commandments were,
‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.
Romans 12:2 (NIV) states,
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
The Kingdom of Heaven is now and it is within you. Live and think like you are in God’s presence because you are – God is omnipresent. Thoughts eventually become actions which is why it is important to be self-controlled, using the Holy Spirit, and to think good thoughts always because what you believe you make manifest. This is why thoughts become actions. This is why there is no disease for those in Christ because disease died on the cross when Christ was crucified. Sin no longer has any power to hurt us because we have the mind of Christ.