“We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ,” ~2 Corinthians 10:5 (English Standard Version)
During the last couple of weeks, our group has prayed for many who are hurting, and who desperately want healing. Sometimes it is a matter of changing the little things like what we think about, what we speak to ourselves and what we allow to be spoken around us. I have learned over the years to “filter” everything and let go of so much. As humans, we have the tendency to hold on to that which is unhealthy; memories, misplaced comments and words that drive deep into the heart, yet rarely decide to take charge of our thoughts.
What can I do, I feel (helpless, worried, angry, hurt, alone)?
First and foremost tell yourself and remember, “I am God's daughter/son and for everything I come to Him, I love Him and I trust Him.” Remember to be the best wife/husband, mother/father (sister/brother) by first being kind to yourself through your words.
Trust in the LORD's plan... know that we cannot always "feel" God, but HE PROMISES TO NEVER LEAVE NOR FORSAKE us. When you don't "feel" Him, thank Him for being there. Start little... tell God all the things you are grateful for... if you need to start with, "I am thankful to know that I have eternity with You LORD"... continue with, "thank You Father, that I can change, even when my circumstances do not seem to."... Do this daily. We have to be the change for God. Others will not change without God... God is faithful and is with all of His beautiful children.
Think upon Him, dwell upon Jesus' work on the cross and remember to be grateful, and listen for the opportunities to speak or listen.
Your life hidden in Christ
"Therefore, if you were raised with Christ, look for the things that are above where Christ is sitting at God’s right side. Think about the things above and not things on earth. You died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with him in glory.“So put to death the parts of your life that belong to the earth, such as sexual immorality, moral corruption, lust, evil desire, and greed (which is idolatry).” ~Colossians 3:1-5 (Common English Bible)
Let go of whatever beliefs you have about yourself if you are not healthy right now. Recovery is only possible with God in charge.
Above all, we must remember compassion when speaking to others. We do not know where they come from, what experiences they have been through, hurts they lived through, losses they suffered or "religious folk" they have run into. I find it very comforting to watch compassion through a brother or sister in actions with kindness and love as the agenda.
God is the one who draws people nearer, they are the ones to respond - with that said, we can be used in mighty and amazing ways, but only when we allow the Holy Spirit to direct our hearts and mouths, as well as our actions.
We really must focus on our thoughts. Find a group of people where correction is invited, when it comes to the written word. Where loving one another in Christ is a moment-to-moment objective. Grow together in Christ - be honest, bold and discuss in love and kindness - respectfully, thoughtfully and in line with God's Word. That is what we are called to do.
In our lives, we remove the negatives, are thankful for all of God’s work in and around us; knowing we are all sinners, in need of a Savior and love the LORD and are so thankful for the Lord Jesus' work.
“[Inasmuch as we] refute arguments and theories and reasonings and every proud and lofty thing that sets itself up against the [true] knowledge of God; and we lead every thought and purpose away captive into the obedience of Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One),” ~~2 Corinthians 10:5 (Amplified Bible)
© 2012 Giving Thanks Daily, Shawn Boreta
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