Some weeks ago my email account was hacked. The hacker sent dozens of emails from my account all of which bounced and rapidly filled up my inbox. In the course of a few days over 6,000 arrived. Fortunately, my email software spotted what was going on and once I’d sent a few spam emails to my junk folder, it took over and did the job for me. I quickly made the necessary changes, shut out the hacker and the stream of spam dried up.
In a similar way it’s possible for our minds to be filled with negative and destructive thought patterns that are sometimes hard to contain. We try and ignore them and push them away, but they can be very persistent.
The Apostle Paul recognised the problem and knew that if people were to follow Christ then they would need to change the way they thought and would need help to do so. He wrote that we needed to be ‘transformed by the renewing of our mind’ but that God would give us divine power ‘to take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.’
Good to know that when it comes to our thought life God has provided the best spam filter and junk folder we might ever need!
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