It is so easy to feel that one is "good enough." Our culture's influence seeps into my thinking more often than I'd like. It is always startling to find I've been thinking incorrectly. Like the thought that I'm a good person, that's good enough. Wow, I know that isn't true. I was a fallen being, a sinner, separated from God. Only knowing Christ and trusting what he has done for me, by his grace am I made clean in God's eyes. That doesn't simply mean coast along through life though.
My thoughts are my greatest struggles. I seem to have a constant flow, a never-ending roller coaster of thoughts. Sometimes it doesn't even shut off while I sleep and I dream so vividly. So that may be normal, perhaps for a woman but as a believer there is a place for the Holy Spirit to work in me.
"Let the peace that Christ gives control your thinking, because you were all called together in one body to have peace. Always be thankful." --Colossians 3:15 (NCV)
"We fight with weapons that are different from those the world uses. Our weapons have power from God that can destroy the enemy's strong places. We destroy people's arguments and every proud thing that raises itself against the knowledge of God. We capture every thought and make it give up and obey Christ." --2 Corinthians 10:4-5 (NCV)
My longings get in the way of my walk with Christ. I've set them up on a pedestal that has to be broken down repeatedly. Don't get me wrong, they are not sinful longings, of and in themselves, but I let them consume my every waking thought. Arg.
"How can we be sure that our longings are godly? We can examine their source. What needs do they spring from? What purpose will they fulfill? If they exist to satisfy our own insecurities and plans, we need to reconsider them. They should spring from a love of God and His Word. When they do, they will be fulfilled. God has promised." --Chris Tiegreen in One Year Walk with God Devotional
Praise the Lord that God's not done with me yet!