CHAPTER EXCERPT FROM THIS NEW 5 STAR BOOK!
Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. Romans 12:2 (NLT)
Do you equate God with these words? No! You can’t! Don’t do that!
Do you feel as if:
- God is in heaven pointing a finger at you yelling No!
- Shaking his head in disgust screaming You can’t!
- Glaring down his nose shouting Don’t Do That!
Sadly, many of us do.
Why? Because we believed what someone TOLD us or implied what God was like. But that someone was wrong. The Bible perfectly depicts who God is and what He is like. Sadly, many of us do not know what the Bible says because we don’t read it.
Emphasize the word in BOLD:
- WHO told you that?
- Who was the person that stated the information
- Who TOLD you that?
- Who communicated that belief to you?
- Who told YOU that?
- Why did they feel it necessary to share that information with you?
- Who told you THAT?
- What information did they communicate to you, whether true or false?
Who told you that you were no good? Who told you that you were trash? Who told you that you would never measure up? Who told you that you were stupid? Who made you feel stupid? Who made you feel less than? Who made you feel unworthy?
The answer to those questions for me all started with a lie I believed. I was told something I thought was truth and built my beliefs on it. When people or circumstances did or said things to me, it made the lie that much more believable.
As I grew up certain situations became fertile soil for that lie to take root in my soul. And like a weed it grew and dominated my thought life.
Since I am no good – I might as well be bad.
- Since I am trash – I might as well act like it.
- Since I will never measure up – I might as well give up now.
- Since I am stupid – I might as well not learn.
- Since I am less than – I might as well live like it.
- Since I am unworthy – I might as well accept it.
The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 10:3-5, “We are human, but we don’t wage war as humans do. We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments. We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ.”
We are in a war and that war begins in our minds. Yet we think it is satisfactory to deal with the conflict in the same way the world does: Drink it away, excuse it away, ignore it, fight, or get angry.
None of those tactics work, they merely keep us fighting in a war without armor. Instead we should use God’s weapons not worldly weapons to:
- Take EVERY thought captive.
- Make it obedient to Christ.
How do we do that?
We can grab every thought that enters our mind that is contrary, in opposition to, a lie, or an obstacle about who God is and what He is about. We can then quote scripture to it!
We can destroy it. We can prove it false by quoting what is truth. For example:
My THOUGHT: CHANGED TO:
|I am no good.||I am clothed in righteousness. (Isa.62:10)|
|I am trash.||I am God’s treasured possession. (Deut. 7:6)|
|I am stupid.||I have the mind of Christ. (1 Cor. 2:16)|
Soon I discovered that as my thoughts changed my life changed. The wrong thinking began to decrease as I replaced it with right thinking. My outlook was different, my attitude was adjusted, and my relationship with the Lord grew deeper.
Don’t believe everything you think. Sometimes you find out it was all wrong.
Dana Rausch resides near Palm Springs, California with her husband Don of 34 years. She is the mother of three and grandmother of five. Dana is a Bible study leader, Women Retreat Speaker, and writer. She has the gift of taking situations and creating life stories from them. Her blog is titled Apply Your Heart and is found at www.applyyourheart.com. She is currently writing a book for wives on overcoming the habit of devaluing their husband.
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