For you are a slave to whatever controls you.
II Peter 2:19 (NLT)
We like to think that we are so independent. What could ever have control over us? But it is not usually one big controlling factor we need to worry about. Rarely would just one influence control our whole life. No, the author of Proverbs said it wisely, “It is the little foxes that spoil the vine.” It is the many controlling issues that either set us free or enslave us. Beliefs are that way. It is not one large belief that controls our life. It is a whole series of beliefs that shape who we are. What we believe affects our desires, emotions, aspirations, faith, hopes, predictions, limitations and behavior. Beliefs can enslave us or they can set us free. Jesus came to help shape our beliefs. Beliefs about life and beliefs about ourselves. So, what do you believe? What limiting thoughts do you have? When you think of yourself, what do you accept as true? When you think of opportunity, what thoughts hold you back? Beliefs can control the way you live. Paul wrote, “We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments.” Today, if you are going to be a slave, be a slave of Christ. Bring your thoughts and beliefs to Christ and let Him shape them, hone them and when necessary, change them.
Dear Lord, I am so enslaved by my beliefs. I confess that so many are negative, painful, limiting, carnal, angry, lustful and ungodly. I need Your forgiveness and Your help. Holy Spirit, purify my mind. Sanctify my thoughts and help me bring every one into captivity and under Your influence. Today I give You my mind. Influence my beliefs, I pray.