Take Your Thoughts Captive
Hi Dolls and Gents, our 21 day fast ended on Sunday, how do you feel? How did God show up in your life, did you have new dreams and visions? This month has been especially busy for me in a good way. 2020 is definitely off to a great start, not to say that I haven’t faced any challenges because I have however, I feel as though I have new eyes. God gave me incredible promises and I focus on those things, His word and Him. God cannot lie so when things in the natural look different than His promises I trust that it will happen but not the way I want it to. There is something freeing and refreshing in knowing that I don’t have to control everything. This doesn’t mean standing still in complacency but continuing to move towards my God given destiny.
One major key I learned during this fast is the power of my thoughts. I’ve always expressed to my husband, kids, friends etc how we need to be gatekeepers of our words because our words either bring life or death. (Prov. 18:21) My pastor once said “whether you realize it or not, you’re prophesying.” I’m always careful in what I say especially around my children however, my thought life kind of sucked. I would pray/prophesy then cancel everything with my thoughts. In my mind I would say; “things will never change, did God really say that?” The bible says in 2 Corinthians 10:5 to take captive every thought and make it obedient Christ. Proverbs 23:7 also mentions that whatever man thinks so is he. Now why would the bible tells us to take our thoughts captive? May I propose that our thoughts are just as powerful as our words? Before you speak you think about what you’re going to say right? Most of the conversations I have are mental, I talk to myself all the time, not out loud of course. Well, sometimes I do but that's another story for another day. God must be commander and chief over our thoughts.
I tested this for a week and I was surprised when I was taking inventory of my thoughts, choosing to think on things that are true, noble, right, pure, admirable, excellent or praiseworthy.(Philippians 4:8) My world began to shift. It really worked! Even when I was having a rough day I thought about God’s promises and I quickly found myself centered again. I was centered because I chose not to allow my circumstances dictate my emotional state. Positive thoughts doesn't necessarily mean a positive life every single day, we live in a broken world therefore we cannot control what happens to us however, we cannot control how we react. It’s okay to feel emotions but don’t allow those emotions to set up camp in the swamp of hopelessness, pass through. Don’t build your house there.
This isn’t one and done type deal, this is a choice I make every single day, actually every moment of the day. We already make a million decisions in a day, add this habit to your thought life and I guarantee it’ll change the way you think and live.