“May my words and my thoughts be acceptable to you, O LORD, my refuge and my redeemer!” Psalm 19:14 (GNT)
You ever seen TV shows about Police chases? On these shows you see Police chasing down criminals in a car chase, or running through alleyways after being caught on CCTV. When a Policeman catches a suspect they will physical grapple them and put them on the floor, read them their rights and then put them under arrest.
This is a great illustration of something God wants us to do in our lives as sold-out followers of Jesus. Today’s verse says may my words and my thoughts be acceptable to you, O LORD. Yet, I don’t know about you but so often we can think thoughts that are so against how we know we should live as Christians.
God may have transformed us on the inside, but sometimes our minds still need renewing. There are now as Christians, certain thought patterns and ways of thinking that we have to ditch if we’re to move forward in all God has for us and really be ‘burning ones’ for Him.
Sometimes out of the blue, we can find ourselves thinking angry thoughts towards someone, we might be tempted to think lustfully, pride-fully, arrogantly, selfishly or jealously towards someone, but like the writer of today’s Psalm we have to be sure to make our thoughts acceptable to God. How do you do this?
You have to be like the policeman, grapple down a wrong thought and replace it with right one. For example, if you are tempted to think jealously, instead of entertaining the thought, nip it in the bud, catch the thought and exchange it with another one – instead say thank God that He’s made you as a unique person and with unique gifts and you don’t need to compare yourself to others. Remember to put wrong thoughts UNDER ARREST!
Cube Challenge: Put into practice this principle this into practice throughout this weekend – intentionally put wrong thoughts UNDER ARREST.