We are taught as Christians that it is necessary to surrender our hearts to God. But how often are we taught the importance of surrendering our minds to Christ as well? Our minds have the ability to shadow our hearts blocking the light that shines within.
It is easy to fall prey to the deceiving thoughts and ideas that can plague our minds convincing us that we are stupid, ignorant, unworthy, ugly, unlovable, etc. The list can go on and on. Satan knows our areas of vulnerability and weakness and where to attack to bring us down.
If we do not know how to abort these negative feelings, they can be very destructive to our emotional and spiritual well being. Negative thoughts and lies are one of Satan’s ways of controlling us, holding us in emotional bondage so that we cannot receive the freedom we have in Christ. This state of mind can leave us feeling abandoned and alone.
However, God’s Word says;
“I will not leave your comfortless: I will come to you.” John 14:18.
“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” II Timothy 1:7
Through Jesus Christ, we can have a life of emotional freedom, freedom from our past, freedom from the nagging destructive thoughts that continually haunt us causing depression, strife and despair. Our mind and thoughts need not be Satan’s playground.
We must learn to recognize the negative thoughts and ideas that Satan is trying to dump on us. Then, we can block them out by asking God to remove them from us. We must not dwell on them or give them our attention. Doing so allows them to take root in our mind and cloud our thinking making our life and those around us miserable.
By giving ‘thought to our thoughts’, we can be giving our minds over to negative emotions or ungodly behavior such as anger, unforgiveness, depression, worry, anxiety, low self-esteem or even lust, drawing our attention away from God and keeping us from walking in the Spirit.
Our thoughts determine our behavior. “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he….” (Proverbs 23:7). Without Christ, we do not have the power to change our behavior on our own. If we have the desire to change but do not allow the Spirit of God to change us, as we need to be, we will not change by our own determination. Our ‘self-induced’ change will not last.
God is our Maker and Creator. He knows our every thought and struggle. He knows what is in our mind that drags us down into that dark emotional pit that seems to have no way out. To get out of the hole, we must look UP-up towards the face of God.
God is the only one who has the power to change our hearts and minds. He can remove all the darkness that overshadows us and fill us with the light of His love helping us to become conquerors over Satan’s influence.
To receive this freedom, we need only to seek, ask and trust the Lord to deliver us and renew a right Spirit within us.
Thank you Trish...I let go of a very special love today...or else it would destroy me...it's so easy to get caught up in feeling lonley, hopeless, worthless, but that also means I need to concentrate on others and stop focusing on myself, which is hard when you feel as though you've thrown your heart away...God has not brought me this far to leave me...and I can't look at the things which are seen, because we walk by faith and not by sight...I'm glad the Lord directed me to you and your words, which are truly His words coming through you, thank you for being a vehicle...God Bless you.
Tris, how right you are. Sunday I preached a Mother's Day sermon on Naomi. I pointed out her negative thoughts and how destructive they were. She thought God's Hand was against her and that she was returning home "empty."
"Don't call me Naomi(Pleasant) call me Mara (Bitter)"
What Naomi did not realize is, in the midst of her trouble was Ruth - the link to God's provision.
I pointed out that the problem with many Christians is that they are "Ruth-less" or at least think they are.