The Word says,
As a man thinks in his heart, so is he. Proverbs 23:7 That means we are what we are habitually thinking.
What are your thoughts? What words are you speaking to yourself? Do they lift you up? Do they tear you down? Do they give you hope? Do they crush your dreams? Are you listening to what you are thinking and saying?
Those thoughts and words have created who we are and the relationships we have. If we are happy with who we are, our thoughts, our words, there’s no need to go any further. If however we are not so happy with who we are; if we’ve become a negative Nancy or a Debbie downer there is power available to change. By simply taking control of our thoughts and words we can change who we are and how we live this gift of life.
I know, if taking control was that easy, everyone would be doing it. Sadly, that negative thought slipped past so innocuously we almost missed it. But, it did hammer another nail in our coffin of misery. Because, and this is the stinger, negativity causes misery; misery not only for us, but for those around us too.
So, back to my first question, listening? If you are not listening to your thoughts and words, take time to do so. Measure the weight of them, and if you find that the scales are tipping heavily on the negative side, determine to do something about them.
Those who have studied the bible understand that the Word of God is an ACTUAL SPIRITUAL SWORD and is powerful to pulling down the strongholds (bad habits) of life. How does a person battle those negative habits? It’s really quite simple. These battles are won by knowing and speaking the Word. It’s called wielding the Sword of the Spirit.
For example, let’s say you are bombarded by terrible thoughts. You constantly tell yourself that you are a worthless loser who is never going to achieve anything. Those are pretty negative thoughts and if rattled over and over in your head you’ll be convinced you’re a hopeless loser in no time. How exactly does one destroy these strongholds with the word of God?
Let’s take the following four verses and use them as a spiritual sword:
1.If anyone is in Christ he is a new creation. Old things have passed away and all things have been made new. 2nd Corinthians 5:17
2. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. 2nd Corinthians 10:5
3. God has chosen to make known the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you the hope of glory. Colossians 1:27b
4. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13
The most important thing is you must know the Word before you can wield it. If you do not know the Word of God start reading. You don’t need to know every word in the good book. You can start with one or two verses. I’d encourage you to begin with the most famous verse of all, John chapter 3 verse 16: For God so loved the world (me/you) that He gave His only son that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish, but shall have everlasting life. 1. It declares how much He loves us. 2. It shows how much He loves us. 3. It declares our glorious future. 4. And it grounds you in the truth of who you are and gives you the confidence to fight the good fight.
Be encouraged today. Change is not only possible it is inevitable if you wield the Sword God has given you. Knowing that He never leaves or forsakes you. He is with you always, even to the very end of the age.