Pastor's Message 

 

 


We capture every thought and make it give up and obey Christ”  2 Corinthians 10:5b

You Can Change the Way You Think
 
Magicians use the art of distraction to make their tricks work.   They wave one hand to draw your attention and manipulate the object with the other hand.  The background shimmers and shakes to draw your away from what they are doing.  It seems so simple.  Yet it works, doesn’t it?  Through the art distraction a good magician can hide an elephant before our eyes. 

Here’s the secret to temptation: Use the art of distraction.   Don’t fight it. Just refocus. Whatever you resist persists.

Did you know that in the Bible, not once are you told to resist temptation? We are told to resist the Devil, and that’s a whole different issue. But the key to overcoming temptation is not to push back. It’s to change your focus.

Whatever gets your attention gets you. The battle for sin always starts in the mind. That’s why the Bible says in Psalm 119:6, “Thinking about your commands will keep me from doing some foolish thing.”   Why? Because if you’re thinking about God’s truth, you’re not thinking about the less important stuff.

It’s true in every single area of life — good or bad. If you focus on godly things, it’s going to pull you that direction. If you focus on the stuff that’s at the movies or the hurt that you suffered, it’s going to pull you that direction. Whatever you focus on gets your attention. Whatever gets your attention is going to get you.

The key is to just change your mind.

Temptation always follows a predictable pattern: attention, arousal, and action. Your mind gets hooked, your mind kicks in, and then you act on it.

So you don’t fight a temptation; you just turn your mind to something else.
  
Turn your mind to Christ.  Remember the love He has for you that He came to save you.  Remember the struggle He faced to overcome temptation for you.  Remember the pain He suffered to pay for your sin.  Keep your eyes on Jesus.

The thing is, we’re not very good at capturing every thought and turning it to Christ, because it takes lots of practice. You can’t always control your circumstances, and you can’t even always control the way you feel. But you can control what you think about. That’s always your choice.

And if you change the way you think, it changes the way you feel, and that will change the way you act.

Prayer:  O Holy Spirit, help me change my mind when temptations come.  Focus my heart on Jesus so that I may not sin against Him.  Amen
 
 
 
In our Savior,
Pastor Eich

 

After attending the University of Washington,  John Eich received his B.A. from Northwestern College in Watertown, WI.  He then attended Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Mequon, Wi. receiving his Masters in Divinity.   He was assigned to Grace Lutheran Church in Alma, MI in 1985.  He also served Zion Lutheran in neighboring St. Louis, Mi. until both churches merged to become Good Shepherd Lutheran.  

He serves on various district and synodical boards.  He frequently writes for the synodical magazine "Forward in Christ."  He has also been involved in the translation and review of the Evangelical Heritage Version of the Bible, a new translation of the Bible which is being prepared.

In 1983 he married Susan Ann Wendt who has been his best friend and help mate since.  Together they raised three boys who are now living their faith in Jesus away from mom and dad.