Epic fail! I missed posting anything yesterday. It feels like a pretty big setback.
I could come up with a plethora of excuses, namely that my dad and stepmom arrived here in Tennessee after a four day drive from Arizona. We had not seen them in over a year and this was a much anticipated visit. We spent the day catching up and making plans for the ten days they will be here.
Despite having a great time, I started beating myself up about not writing those elusive five hundred words. I felt like a failure. This is a personal battle I have to fight daily–my own thoughts.
“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.” (Romans 12:2).
I go to this scripture quite a bit when I have a self-defeating attitude. I need to renew my mind. It is not God’s will for me to believe Satan’s lies about me. Another scripture says,
“We are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ” (2 Cor 10:5).
Dr. Charles Stanley writes, “This is spiritual warfare at it’s most fundamental level. To win the battle here is to eliminate dozens of potential battles later on. If nothing else, this statement assures us that we do have control over what we think. We are not victims. The power of sin has been broken.” The Spirit Filled Life.
I am learning how to take negative thoughts “captive” and destroy them. I cannot control if a sinful thought enters my mind, but I can choose not to dwell on it, which eventually gives it power over me. Every sin begins as a thought. If allowed to simmer, thought is given life and eventually leads to action or in my case, a deepening of my depression.
One thought that seems to be plaguing me lately happens while I’m driving. I have vivid thoughts of being in a horrible car wreck. I have no idea why this happens, but it is clear from the images in my mind that I would either be severely injured or killed in the accident. Inexplicable. I immediately have to take this thought captive because if I dwell on it for even a moment, I find that I am not paying attention to my driving and I don’t want the thought to become reality!
One way that I can dispose of evil thoughts immediately is to call on the name of Jesus. Despite what is commonly believed about “multi-tasking”, the mind can only focus on one thing at a time. When I put my attention on Him, the other thoughts disappear.
Also, as a follower of Jesus, I have been given authority over sin and sinful thinking. I am learning how to claim that authority. Just as I have strong visual images that come against me, I have been using visualization to grab hold of those thoughts and crush them. I imagine the thought as a piece of paper that I crumple up and smash with the heel of my foot. Then it’s done. That thought no longer has any power to distract me. In the end, I feel emboldened by the Holy Spirit to take control of my mind and life.
Your mind is a powerful place and Satan wants nothing more than to control that power. Take sinful thoughts captive, destroy them, conquer them in the name of Jesus Christ!