Do You Control Your Thoughts Or Do Your Thoughts Control You?

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I was reading this post titled, "The Difference Between Men and Women" on a website called The post features excerpts from a wife's diary and a husband's diary. The wife feels that her husband is acting "weird" because he isn't speaking to her and seems distant. As she begins to analyze his behavior throughout the night, she concludes that his thoughts are with someone else and cries herself to sleep. In actuality, he is really thinking about his motorcycle and why it won't start. Although I got a good laugh from the post, it brought up an important question. How many times have I done that? My husband isn't responding or acting the way I want him to and I come to a conclusion that is completely wrong! How many times do we endure unnecessary pain because our thoughts and conclusions are wrong? All the time, the opposite party may not even be aware their non-verbal actions are so upsetting to their spouse. In 2 Corinthians, Paul admonishes us to take control of our thoughts!

2 Corinthians 10:5 (NASB) 5 We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ...

It's clear that God expects us to take control of our thoughts, but at times we allow our insecurities and past experiences to control our thoughts instead. Satan is a master of disguise, so when He begins to plant divisive seeds in our minds, his voice may very well sound like our voice. Satan's propaganda consists of using speculation and lies that are contrary to the truth. Are you spending enough time with God so that you recognize His voice when He is speaking to you? Pray for discernment for both you and your spouse so that the next time the enemy or the INNER ME begins to speak, you know exactly how to guard your heart and protect your marriage. Control your thoughts by lining them up to the Word of God and let it illuminate any misconceptions. Changing your thoughts can literally change your world!

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