‘For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; ‘ II Corinthians 10:3-5
Think of a water filtration system at your house. What is its function? As the water passes through the filtering system all the impurities are stripped away. Anything that could be potentially harmful to you is taken out. You are left with water that is safe to consume and be beneficial to your body. Water is a wonderful for our bodies.
In the Christian life, our thought lives are where the most aggressive battles take place. We think then we act. Often it has to be said we act without thinking at times. But, more often than not, how we think affects what we do. Several years ago I came across the phrase “stinkin’ thinkin’ “. This phrase is what I call it when negative thoughts about myself invade my mind and heart. To often in my life I have fallen into the trap of valuing what the world negatively says about me or thoughts I have about myself rather than looking to God and His word for my value. Maybe you find yourself in a similar situation. Maybe someone put ideas in your head as a child. People who are hurting often lash out at those closest to them. In an effort to stop feeling bad about themselves they fling hurtful words at others putting them down. “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” Not sure who came up with this one, but I believe they were misinformed. Words can hurt deeply.
So how do we ditch the “stinkin’ thinkin’ “. We filter every word we play in our head through the filter of God’s Word. Read and find out what God has to say about you. Ephesians 5:25-26 says about the church, ‘Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,” God is speaking of the church here, but I believe the same principle can be applied to the mind. We cleanse our minds of negative thoughts by filtering every thought through the filter of the Word of God. In our Key verse, II Corinthians 10:3-5, all our negative thoughts should be brought into captivity. Practice going to the Word of God when “stinkin thinkin” invades your mind. Clean up your thoughts by washing them in the Word. Find out what God has to say about you. (Psalm 43:5; Proverbs 3:3-5). Pursue Christ and Learn to think thoughts that will honor and glorify Him.
- Example Prayer to Pray—”Father God, I grab hold to this truth that you are for me! You value me! (Matthew 10:31) You said in your Word I am more valuable than the birds you created. When I get down on myself, I am going against what your Word says about me. So, I claim (Deuteronomy 31:8) that you are with me, and (Romans 8:32) that you are going to give me what I need in this very moment. Also, (v.33) that no one can lay a charge against me except You. This includes me! Help me take these negative thoughts I am thinking about myself and drown them in the truth of your Word. AMEN!
- Pray with your Bible open praying the Scripture back to God
May the truths of God’s Word penetrate your heart and mind and think “Good Thoughts”.