That which you love the most controls your heart. What or who dwells in your heart? At times we’re commissioned by species or beings that dwell in our hearts and we’re not even aware that we are controlled.
Money can control us. Food can control us. Anger can control us. Fear controls. Vandalism controls. Laziness controls. Gossip controls. The list is endless. How well connected are you with your heart? Do you know who or what controls your heart? Who is the lord and master of your heart?
Psalm 37:10 NLT
Stop being angry! Turn from your rage! Do not lose your temper – it only leads to harm.
Does it mean if you’re not able to stop being angry even though you want to stop, you’re captured by anger? Do we sometimes intentionally hold on to what is wrong? Apostle Paul says in Romans 7 “I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead I do what I hate. But if I know that what I’m doing is wrong, this shows that the law is good. So I am not the one doing wrong, it is sin living in me that does it. “
Do we always hate what captures us? Do we always hate our prison doors? There are times when I know that I need just a bit more ice cream because it taste so delicious. I also know that I no longer have capacity to have more but I still continue to indulge. While I continue indulging I sometimes crack a joke to those around me that when I have that extra portion of ice cream – “it’s not me having this ice cream but it’s the being in me that cannot have enough.” I then continue to intentionally indulge with the knowledge that I am feeding a craving that could be harmful to me or to my weight. How often do you think I do it? In this instance it means I love the captor and I have given the captor keys to my heart. It means I am a slave of the one who cannot have enough and I love the chains that are binding me.
What are the consequences of loving your chains? Anger leads to harm. Where is the captor of your heart leading you? There is nothing wrong with just enough of certain things but the minute we start to over indulge that’s when the problem starts. How destructive is your captor? Self discipline is important. If you have goals in life and you sometimes struggle to reach your goals maybe a bit of introspection to search who is the lord of your heart will help move some milestones.
Proverbs 25:28 NLT
A person without self-control is like a city without walls.
In Romans 7&8 Apostle Paul continues to tell us about how he receives freedom from the captor. He is saved by Jesus Christ our Lord. He talks about the importance of the principle of living in the spirit than focusing on destruction that captures us.
In life we tend to have all our focus on that which captures our mind. Day and night we focus our thoughts on what is on our minds. Freedom comes only when we start to focus our thoughts on the solution not the problem.
It is possible to control your thoughts. What are you focusing on. Are your thoughts reviving you or are they giving you fear, uncertainty, anger, hopelessness? You can change that and control your captor. If your captor is not giving you hope, try Jesus Christ. He gives life to the spirit, to the soul and to the body. The bible says think on these things, things that are true, and honourable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Fix your thoughts on things that are excellent and worthy of praise.
Kick out an unwanted captor from your heart and change your thoughts. Take hold of your mind.