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In middle school, I discovered an ad for a “free book”.


Excited, I filled out the information and awaited its arrival.


Turned out, it wasn’t that great of a book and I didn’t even finish it.


The following month – you guessed it — another book arrived addressed to me.


In my ignorance, I opened it, glad receive something in the mail. 


Yet, nestled among the packing was a bill for this unsolicited book. Not only was it a genre I wouldn’t read, I now owed the company more than if I had bought a book of my choice in the bookstore.  


Of course, my mom saw my dilemma and showed me a simple procedure.  I bundled up the unread books and sent them back to the company. The postage came out of my allowance, which hurt just enough to teach me that “free offers” usually aren’t.  


Mom also showed me that when the next one came; I could simply refuse it from the postman. Within a book or two, the company stopped sending them altogether. 


We should be this wise with our thought life.


The evil one is always dropping unsolicited unbelief in the mailbox of our minds. 


Why do we even allow thoughts of doubt to come through the door of our lives?  Why don’t we recognize them for what they are, and refuse to entertain them?  Why do we think we must take them in to feed and pamper?


It really makes no sense.


God, who cannot lie, promises:




  • to be greater than our emotions, our fears, our enemies, our finances and our circumstances.




We should be running hard toward such promises!  


Let’s do so starting now.


Receive only what His Holy Postman sends. Refuse every other thought today and return it to the sender.


What will you refuse delivery on today?


3 Responses

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  2. Jane Bromley says:

    I love this. We really do already possess the mind of Christ. It’s not like we are happy to have our minds all cluttered with unwanted “mail”. But like young inexperienced children, we didn’t know there was a way out. Like your mother, you just helped me see the process more clearly. “No temptation [regardless of its source] has overtaken or enticed you that is not common to human experience [nor is any temptation unusual or beyond human resistance]; but God is faithful [to His word–He is compassionate and trustworthy], and He will not let you be tempted beyond your ability [to resist], but along with the temptation He [has in the past and is now and] will [always] provide the way out as well, so that you will be able to endure it [without yielding, and will overcome temptation with joy].”
    ‭‭1 CORINTHIANS‬ ‭10:13‬ ‭AMP‬‬
    Not every thought is a temptation, but many are unwelcome distractions. Now I know to just mark them “return to sender”! 😊

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