Reading for today
Old Testament: Jonah 4, Micah 1, 2, 3
Thoughts from today’s reading
Micah 2:1-2. Practicing evil is never an accident. Those that oppress others spend time thinking about how they will execute it. This is why Jesus said even a lustful thought of adultery is equivalent to the act (Matthew 5:28). We must therefore take control of our mind and our thinking so that we avoid evil and do good instead. Romans 12:2 says we should renew our mind and 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 says we should cast down evil imaginations from our minds and bring them under the authority of Christ Jesus. We can take charge of the thoughts in our mind by filling our mind with the word of God through reading, hearing, meditating and speaking it.
1. Lord, we thank you that you have given us the authority to control the thoughts that come to us. You encourage us to replace evil thoughts with righteous ones, and we can bring troublesome thoughts of lusts, greed, jealousy, hate, fear and pride, into captivity to the name of Jesus Christ. So we therefore break the hold of these evil thoughts and cast them out of our minds while we replace them with righteous thoughts. We think on things that are true, noble, just, pure, lovely and of a good report according to Philippians 4:8. Thank you for enabling us to be free of evil thoughts in Jesus name, amen.