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Run Away Thoughts

I have a beautiful Pomeranian puppy named Bentley. In training him, I expect
some accidents, and I can deal with that. However, Bentley loves to control his
environment and do his business everywhere he likes without restrictions. This
included non-compliance to the potty paper. Of course, that mindset of his was not
going to work in our house. I knew immediately that we needed to get him into
obedience dog-training school. In doing so he has learned to use the potty paper,
and everyone is happy.

There is a correlation between Bentley and the way we humans think. Without
intervention we mentally and emotionally have no boundaries. Our thoughts are
like a train on a fast track in life with very few brakes. Being saved puts us on a
different track, the track to eternal life. Our spirits are renewed, but we need
constant intervening to cleanse us of the restless and unruly part of our humanity -
our thought life. We must allow ourselves to be trained by the Holy Spirit and
God’s Word. When we open ourselves to the Holy Spirit operating in our lives we
are filled with light and life, especially in our mindset. And this wonderfully
emphasizes the sovereignty of God and the authority of the Bible.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, in
all your ways acknowledge Him, and he will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs
3:5-6) Trust in His power, wisdom, providence, goodness, and righteousness.
Know that without Him you can do nothing. Acknowledge Him by referring all
your ways to His will. Keep His glory in view in all you do. Attribute your
blessing to Him alone and give Him thanks. The promise follows the precept. You
will not be disappointed in your confidence when you consult Him in all things. He
will guide you to all holiness and peace.

There are times Bentley gets out of pocket and tries to see what he can get away
with, but we hold him to his training. Remember, the real battlefield is in the mind.
(2 Cor 10:4-5 NIV) Sometimes the Holy Spirit must check us in our spirits and
minds when we cross the lines of God’s Truth. That’s part of the Holy Spirit’s job,
to get us back on track before we speed down the wrong path.

“So, here's what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary
life — your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life — and place
it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing
you can do for him. Don't become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into
it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You'll be changed
from the inside out. Readily recognize what He wants from you, and quickly
respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level
of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in
you.” (Rom 12:1-2 Message Bible)