Let me start by saying WOW…its been way too long since my last post. I have lots to catch up on, but I really feel lead to share more about our choices.
God has been affirming me over and over about the truths He’s been whispering to my soul.
Lets quickly revisit a concept from my post The battlefield of the Mind. There are lies and then there is God’s truth. In my last post I went over the freedom of having a choice of how we internalize attitudes, actions, words, and events; in this post I want to focus on our freedom to choose what we will believe. We can believe lies or truth.
In my wonderfully amazing Sunday School class we started reading a really great book. It will be added to my list. The Battlefield of the Mind, by Joyce Meyer. Her book has been one of the ways God has been affirming me in His truth, but also challenging me to delve deeper into His truth. In the last few months I have become very aware of what kinds of thoughts are floating thfrough my mind.
I have observed the following: daydreams, what if scenarios, suppositions, reminiscing, repeats of conversations, and just flat out inappropriate things. Some are positive, some are negative, and some aren’t necessarily bad just thoughts and time wasted. I keep thinking and meditating on this scripture: 2 Corinthians 10:4&5 (NIV)
The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
I have been mulling over the concept that if we take our thoughts captive and make them obedient to Christ, they have divine power. Wow…I mean Wow. If I would just quite daydreaming, and repeating negative words and situations, stop creating problems before they start, and assuming people will have ill against me and my ideas…Wow…so many negative thoughts. So much wasted time.What truth and what divine power could Jesus put in my life if I start replacing the lies, the distractions, the meaninglessness with His good and perfect truth? That question brings me to this next verse from Romans 12:2 (NIV) Do Not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. (Sorry about all the Italics, technical difficulties…I’m not so computer saavy) Anywho…The verse from Romans is a promise. If we will CHOOSE to be transformed by the renewing of our minds, then we will be able to test and approve what God’s will is!!! AWESOME!!! But how can we be transformed by the renewing of our minds you ask? Well I’m so glad you asked. By taking every thought captive and making it obedient to Christ!!! Sounds super easy right? Well sometimes it is and sometimes it’s not. The fact of the matter is, it’s still a battlefield. Our mind, our thoughts, our attitudes, They define us, They shape us, They are us. So we must continually and constantly CHOOSE to take every thought captive and make it obey our Sweet Jesus. And when we do…there will be freedom and power in it!! I love His promises. My Aunt Cheri taught me this simple little prayer. I love it. You can make it specific or keep it general. But when we pray in His name…we will receive (John 16:24). The transformation begins when we pray, “Jesus take away the lies in my mind, and replace them with your good and perfect truth.” I encourage and hope this simple one sentence prayer will be the catalyst for the freedom God wants for your mind and life. Jesus take away the lies in my mind, and replace them with your truth. Choose Him first.