This post was originally published on 13 June 2013 and updated on 10 November 2018.
Hello friends. (smile) At some point, we all go through a season of troubling thoughts. We must learn to speak the Word of God to the lies to renew our mind.
Memories and thoughts. Truth and lies. Negative and positive. Light and dark. Our past and present life experiences shape our memories and thoughts, to include our perception of ourselves and what we believe in.
This could also be called baggage. We reinforce these things within us on a regular basis. There are times we can recall every negative event and word spoken, and dwell on it again and again until we become so agitated our flesh man rises…and it’s not pretty.
We can’t move forward, we just become stuck! We can be our own worst enemy!
Some of our memories and thoughts keep one or more of the following traits in our life: fear, anger, resentment, bitterness, pride, self-centeredness, stubbornness, need to control, perfectionist, critical and/or judgmental, or filled in the ___________.
None of these are spiritual traits and all of these will keep us from complete surrender to God and living a peaceful spirit led life and having the fruit of the spirit–love (giving), joy (gladness), peace (free from worry and fear), long suffering (patience), gentleness (kindness), goodness (generosity), faith (dependability), meekness (gentleness) and temperance (self-control) within us. Let’s not grieve the Holy Spirit.
Any memory or thought that is negative or dark, and does not align to the Word of God is a lie and we need to speak the truth to it. As we replace lies with truth, our mind gets renewed which changes our thoughts which changes our actions which changes what we think about ourselves and our beliefs.
Learning to love ourselves, flaws and all is the first step to speaking the truth to ourselves. God created us to be in relationships–with Him and each other. When he created us, he put a desire for him into us. Some of us have been running from him our whole lives. Only God can fill the void we feel inside us and heal hurts.
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.
~ Hosea 4:6 ~
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
~ 2 Timothy 3:16-17 ~
For the Word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
~ Hebrews 4:12 ~
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God”.
~ Romans 12:2 ~
The past does not define who we’re are today unless we let it. Sometimes we have to let go of things and let God. In the name of Jesus, let’s speak to the lies! Times are tougher than ever. Thoughts are running amok! We must be honest and rip the band aids off. We must remove the mask and expose the lies we tell ourselves and others. Remember actions speak louder than words! (smile)
Sometimes, we seem to be in an instant gratification season. Some don’t take time to listen. Some don’t make time for God. Some are carrying stuff from the past that overwhelms those that love them. Some are carrying burdens that God never meant for them to carry. Some like to argue and control things that causes strife. Wrong thoughts are destructive and stifles growth and destroys people. The Word of God has a chapter and verse for any subject to equipped us to speak to the lies! (smile)
I welcome your thoughts . (smile)
To be continued…..
©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.