A few days ago, Fiona brought happiness to the office in the form of a zip lock-full of trail mix.

Not the actual trail mix Fiona brought but I'm posting this for others to know what I'm talking about. :)
Not the actual trail mix Fiona brought but I’m posting this for others to know what I’m talking about. 🙂

The sight of this would normally cause our brain to send signals to our hand to get a handful and start shoving the treats into our mouth. But, there was something else that needed to be done first.

 It took Fiona a few good minutes taking out all the M&M's from the mix. We've decided to consume less sugar chocolates this year.
It took Fiona a few good minutes to do this. We like the Trail Mix better sans M&M’s. Also, we’ve decided to consume less sugar chocolates this year. #medyohealthconscious

We just wrapped up our Sunday service series called Fight and on the second instalment of the series, we talked about how everything we say and/or do are first and foremost conceived by the mind. Thus, our mind is THE battleground – it is where we will have to decide whether or not to yell at that waiter who is not doing his job right; it is where we decide whether or not to give in to that immoral relationship or to look at a website or a photo that we shouldn’t be looking at; it is where we have to decide whether or not we would do what would please God or give in to the ways of the world.

And so, we are to make it our habit to sort through our thoughts and be careful not to take in what’s not supposed to be taken in.

This, however, cannot be done by sheer willpower. How many times have you tried winning over something by just tapping into your own will and resolve? Left to ourselves, we are nothing, remember? This is why I love 2 Corinthians 10:5:

We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

Here’s another version of the verse I posted on my Instagram a few months back:

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While there is, in each one of us, the conviction to do what’s right, we all need to, time and time again, tap into His grace so we know which thought or deed to discard – which one’s healthy, which one’s not. I love how He has given us His Word – that sixty-six-book-long manuscript that is to be our guide to what we are to regard as true and noble and right and pure and lovely and admirable and excellent and praiseworthy.

So when temptation or doubt or confusion or fear or anxiety or a combination of such flood our minds, may we be reminded to always tap into His grace to sort through the mix and keep only what His Word says is true. As we fight the good fight of faith this year, may we always remember to strap in tight the belt of truth so we may demolish every argument, uncover every pretension, smash every warped philosophy, and make all of our thoughts obedient to our knowledge of Jesus.