Dear Jesus

Guard your thoughts diligently. Good thought-choices will keep you close to Me.

Dear Jesus,

Sometimes my thoughts seem disconnected from my will. They go off in many directions at once, making it very difficult to focus on one thing. I deeply desire to fix my thoughts on You, Jesus, but it’s a constant struggle—like swimming against a strong current.

Beloved, don’t be surprised by the fierceness of the battle for your mind. The enemy and his evil army abhor your closeness to Me, so they send missiles of deception into your mind. Fixing your thoughts on Me will continue to be a struggle, because of this ongoing barrage of demonic interference. Another factor is your own fallen nature: Your mind did not escape the effects of the Fall.

Many things can affect your ability to think clearly—poor sleep, health, or nutrition; lack of fresh air and exercise; worries of the world; excessive busyness. Nonetheless, it is still possible to exert much control over your thinking. Ask My Spirit to help you in this endeavor. Don’t simply let your thoughts run freely; set a guard over them. Be self-controlled and alert. When you become aware of hurtful or unholy thoughts, bring them to Me. Talk with Me about your struggles; choose to make your thoughts a conversation with Me. As you persevere in making good thought-choices, you will enjoy My refreshing Presence more and more.

Therefore, holy brothers, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, the apostle and high priest whom we confess.

[Hebrews 3:1]

Set a guard over my mouth, O Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips.

[Psalm 141:3]

Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.

[1 Peter 5:8]

Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.

[Acts 3:19]

~ Sarah Young ~

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