Taming Your Thoughts With Truth: You Are the Lord’s

Taming Your Thoughts With Truth: You Are the Lord’s

An exciting journey awaits when we deepen our understanding of who we are in Christ. Let’s face it, we spend too much time using unkind words toward ourselves, name-calling, and tearing ourselves down from the inside. We believe we’re incapable, unworthy, unloved, and insignificant. Jesus, on the other hand, says that we are gifted, valued, adored, and precious in His sight.

 

Taming our negative thoughts is critical to overcoming fear and anxiety or treating others with respect. It’s essential to consider our own identity based on who God says we are rather than what we accomplish (or fail to accomplish) each day.

 

There is often a great divide between how we feel and what we know to be true. Controlling our thoughts can prove a difficult hill to climb but it’s not impossible because we can fight them with the Sword of the Spirit. That is the Word of God.

 

When Emotions Grab Hold of Mindset

 

Rather than letting emotions grab hold of our mindset, are commanded take our thoughts captive to the obedience of Christ. We’re empowered by the Lord to do so. That means that He gives us the ability to think as Jesus thinks, to have the “mind of Christ” as the Bible says (1 Cor 2:16).

 

Taming our thoughts is possible when we begin to use the Word of God as the mighty weapon that it is. A weapon is of no value to us when it sits on a shelf gathering dust. But when we take it down, dust it off, and put it to practice, we become proficient in wielding it and benefitting from its power.

 

By filling our minds with the truth of God’s Word, we push away any room in our thoughts for negativity and lies of the enemy. By meditating on and receiving God’s truth, we begin to shift our destructive mindset into one that equips and empowers us. Accepting ourselves for who God says we are in His Word brings victory and freedom instead of captivity and defeat.

 

Take Hold of the Truth

 

Isaiah 43:1 provides several notable truths about who we are in Christ:

 

“Now this is what the LORD says—

… Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; you are Mine.”

(Isaiah 43:1, HCSB).

 

According to God’s Word, the truth is:

We are redeemed

God calls us by name

We are His (He call us “Mine”)

Therefore, we are not to fear

Respond with Action

 

Read Isaiah 43:1 again slowly and receive it as the cherished gift from God that it is. Meditate on the words as if the Lord were speaking them directly to you.

 

Allow this truth to push away the negative thoughts you’ve thought about yourself today. Tame those thoughts with the truth of God’s Word. Throughout the day when you begin to think such things as “I can’t…” stop that thought in its tracks and say aloud, “But God’s Word says that I am redeemed. He has called me and a belong to Him.

 

 

Embrace the Joy

 

There’s no doubt you’ll see an immediate breakthrough when you replace the lies of negative thinking with the truth of God’s Word. The more you actively receive and accept the love of Christ and see yourself as His beloved child, the more you’ll walk in confidence and assurance. You’ll stop putting so much pressure on yourself to perform well or to be perfect when you know that the Creator of the universe loves you just as you are today.

 

Walking through this practice daily will also bring blessing and assurance. You’ll soon find truthful thoughts come to the forefront of your mind more quickly. You’re taking steps toward taming your thoughts which will help mend relationships, move you into greater service for God, and naturally share the love of Christ with others.

 

I hope to see you back here for the next post in our series about taming thoughts.

 

Until then, may the Lord continue to strengthen and encourage us through His Word.

 

 

 

 

Tame Your Thought Life by Trusting God’s Truth

Tame Your Thought Life by Trusting God’s Truth

What’s on your mind?

 

If we could sit down over coffee, would you answer this question honestly? Or would you show me your happy face? You know, the one we often bring out in public to make it look like everything is okay.

 

I’d truly love to know what you’re thinking. Because if you’re anything like me, your thoughts might be hard to control. Sometimes they run amuck with lies and misconceptions about ourselves. Instead of clinging to the truth of who we are in Christ, we replay the unkind thoughts and ugly, unpleasant musings.

 

You might reason, “They’re just thoughts—they don’t hurt anyone.” But I beg to differ.

 

The Dangers of Adopting a Negative Mindset

 

While it would be wonderful to have a warm, fuzzy identity in our own minds, the reasons to tame our thoughts far exceed the desire to feel good about ourselves. It may seem that our thoughts are harmless, but when we allow them to replay, we begin to believe them. And that comes with devastating and ever-increasing consequences. For instance,

 

  • A negative mindset causes us to become overly critical of others. We are suddenly hard to please and those around us feel as if they can do nothing right.
  • We begin to doubt our God-given gifts and talents.
  • This causes hesitation to serve our church, our community, or even of family. We draw back instead of stepping forward to get involved.
  • We succumb to the temptation to accept mediocrity instead of embracing the best God has for us. He offers more, but we convince ourselves that we’re comfortable with things as they are.
  • A mental fog can overtake us, dulling our peace and joy.
  • Discipline in our time with Jesus begins to wane, and soon we recognize that we don’t connect with Him the way we once did.
  • Our prayer life diminishes and we doubt its effectiveness.
  • We begin to overcommit and overwork, believing that it will help us “prove” ourselves.
  • We shrink back from making new friends or deepening our existing relationships.
  • It becomes hard to trust others.
  • We lose sight of the reality of the cross.

 

When we believe the lies that the enemy of our soul whispers into our hearts, it becomes second nature to estimate our personal value on what we do rather than who we are.

 

Taming Your Thoughts by Trusting God’s Truth

 

What if our struggles in marriage are due, in part, to the personal identity we hold of ourselves? Is it possible that our relationship issues, our lack of confidence in parenting, our battle with the bathroom scale, or that simmering anger that we seem to always carry with us, stem from our habit of listening to untrue thoughts about ourselves?

 

What if we could break free and step into the truth? Imagine what could transpire in our thoughts and then in our lives if we began to grasp the full richness of God’s glory and see ourselves as He sees us.

 

As daughters of the King, we have a Heavenly Father who loves us—just as we are—and is the Source of our true identity. Yet, rather than trusting in the truth of God’s Word, we yield to the temptation to find our value in the things we do, in what we produce, and in the opinions of others. It’s time to stop the madness and embrace all that the Lord has for us.

 

Today kicks off a new series of articles on the blog that will point us to the truth about who God says we are. I believe that all women need to hear that they are enough. They are worthy. They are loved.  It’s time that we stopped estimating our value based on our mistakes, our histories, the unkind words of others, or the lies of the enemy. Those things can’t define us. Only God can do that.

 

Will you join me for an exciting journey where together we’ll deepen our understanding of who we are in Christ? I look forward to meeting you right back here and unpacking the exciting and trustworthy truth of God’s Word!

Trusting in God’s Word,

 

 

 

 

 

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