Do you know anyone who is wise? How do they think? What are wise thoughts? What are foolish thoughts?
To break my negative thought cycle, I change it by practicing the Scripture to “rejoice always, pray without ceasing, and in everything give thanks for this is God’s will” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).
The girls in my county jail Bible study struggle to live successful lives. Most of their problems and troubles result from their wrong thoughts. The progression of thoughts to results are as follows. What we think affects our emotions. Our emotions control our behavior. And, our behavior directs the events of our lives.
One inmate received court papers concerning her children being adopted out. Her mother is now the foster parent for the children. The inmate was furious. Her angry thoughts generated a plan to hurt those whom she perceived as hurting her. This situation was a great opportunity to teach why we need to take our negative thoughts captive, and how to transform them so they don’t control our behavior.
What are the unseen controls that keep us in bondage? Do you feel hopeless to overcome the things that seem to control your decisions? …There are many unseen controls influencing us, such as our painful memories from offenses, and demonic activity influencing our thought life.