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September 16, 2015
“Think about what you’re thinking about.” –Joyce Meyer
In my small group, we are currently reading through the book, “Battlefield of the Mind” by Joyce Meyer. If you haven’t read it, do yourself a favor and start reading. Seriously.
Anywho, as I started reading this book, I couldn’t stop saying this line, “Think about what you are thinking about. Think about what you are thinking about. Think about what you are thinking about.”
Over and over and over it ran through my head.
So, I polled myself. I reflected on my thought life and took inventory.
Well, it was no wonder I was feeling discouraged and letting fear take the driver’s seat more than expectation, I was choosing to let satan determine my thoughts in a few different areas.
And here’s the thing- satan knows what makes us tick. He has studied us, learned us and is very aware of our weak spots. He pries on them. They are his specialty. Does that mean we need to be more worried about the power of the devil rather than the power of our Savior? PUH-LEASE.
However, we don’t need to live in fairytale land and think that just because we love Jesus, that our thoughts are always healthy and aligned with His.
In fact, I think that’s how satan best works. In the dark, as he dresses our mindset with deception and makes us think that “this just is what it is” OR “that’s just my personality”. WHY? Because then, we assume we just have to stay there. We believe that our thoughts aren’t changeable. We keep traveling down this path, letting his lies keep our minds in snowball effect, fear-gripping, crazy-town nonsense and suddenly it’s like, “How did I even get here?”
Friends, we have got to wake up.
Jesus cares FAR more about the condition of your heart than behavior modification. Does He hope that you live a life that honors Him? Of course! Because He knows that it is fulfilling and whole. However, if your thought life is filled with toxic waste, the work of your hands is simply a performance.
Can I tell you a crazy revelation!? YOU CAN CHANGE YOUR THOUGHT PATTERNS.
I know, insane.
You see, and even science backs this up, but the more we think a certain way and the more we feed a thought pattern, the more absolute and familiar that pattern becomes to our minds. Our neurons fire off in our heads (if you understand all these technical terms, give me grace here), and they literally etch certain pathways in our minds so that we revert to them more easily.
So, if you have driven your neuron car down the road of insecurity one too many times to count, your brain is really familiar with those directions.
If you have always responded to questions in a defensive manner due to things that have happened to you, your immediate thought will always be coated in a state of defense.
If you have always asked “Would others approve of me if I do this?” in your own head before moving forward with a decision, then it feels as though that is a requirement your mind has to pass through when making decisions.
But here’s the thing- you can change that. Your thought life will remain the same if you want it to, but it doesn’t have to be that way.
YOU HAVE THE FREEDOM TO CHANGE WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT. But that all begins with actually thinking about what you are thinking about!!!
Are your thoughts centered on His truth and anchored in His love? Are they rooted in grace and mercy? Are they structured by His confidence in you?
If not, take them captive. Let the trash be trash. Call it what it is! Label it. And deal with it accordingly.
You will do small things if you believe the lie that you are a small person. But if you feed the truth that you are capable of moving mountains, mountains you will move.
And when you take the trash out, replace it with the truth. If you leave that spot empty, satan will find some other lie to take it’s place and suddenly, you will be back down that road with familiar signs and wonder how you got there.
We must be alert and aware, letting this bold, strong and unstoppable force called our MIND do what it was created to do!
We are our own worst enemies but thank Jesus for His grace.
Take inventory today. What’s your thought life look like? Are those thoughts true? If not, write down what is. Find ways to repeat those truths to yourself, day in and day out. Say it aloud.
Get. In. the. Word. What does He say about you? Think on THAT!
Give your neurons some new scenery! Seriously, the world is waiting on you to start realizing your capability and worth but it starts in your head.
Happy Hump Day, friends!
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.” –Philippians 4:8
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