The Thought Exercise
Did you ever put on a shirt inside out? It just didn’t look normal, did it. As a Christian, that is exactly what we are suppose to do, live inside out. Now you take someone who has lived “right-side in” and tell them now, live inside out, you can see how family and friends might think there is something different about you, right?
When we renew our “inward man” our spirit man day by day, that is exactly what we are doing, living inside out.
Not only are we to renew our inward man daily ( 2 Corinthians 4:16 KJV
“For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.”) But we are also to renew our mind daily (Ephesians 4:23-24 KJV “And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;
 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.”) That is living inside out.
So how do we live inside out? We have to capture our thoughts. Most people, Christians and heathen, live right side out. They do as the world does. They live by what they “think”.
Ephesians 2:3 KJV “Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.”
Notice we all, all the world, lives fulfilling the desires of their flesh and their mind! No one lives by their “spirit man”. But once you get saved, that changes. Now you are to live by your spirit man, inside out. Galatians 5:16, 18, 25 KJV “This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.” And how we do that is by capturing our thoughts.
So here is an experiment. Did you ever notice when you first wake up in the morning you usually do not have anything on your mind and within a minute or two, you start thinking about what you have to do for the day? Then all these thoughts start popping into your mind? Capture them. How? Tell yourself NO, I am not going to think about that now. Then deliberately think about something good. And keep thinking about that something good. And when another thought tries to push that good thought out, say no, and keep thinking on that something good. All of this will take no more than 5 minutes and you will begin to see that yes, you can capture your thoughts and replace bad thoughts with God’s word and good thoughts.
This takes practice but if you will do this for one week, you will see a change. Then every time, throughout your day, when you get a negative thought or bad thought, a worry thought, a fear thought, tell yourself NO, and think on good thoughts, God thoughts, God’s word. And in doing this, you will be able to capture your thoughts and refocus them on living inside out.
Until next time my friends. Have a blessed day and capture your thoughts.