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The Last Time I Went Crazy…

Let me pose a question to you this morning that has been on my mind and heart for the last few days.

When was the last time you went a little crazy?

Now I know this may be an odd question so let me share my heart with you. A while ago, I did do something a little crazy. No, it was not sinful, or rude, but it was misunderstood. In that moment, I wanted to cry out and defend myself. Did those who misunderstood know that the thing that I did was carefully thought over, talked over with God, even agonized over, and only at the end of my thought and prayer process, did I do it. In my heart I knew that in the effort to be fair in the situation to everyone I needed to do it. However, I was not given the benefit of the doubt, and to be honest it hurt. I have gone over and over this situation in my mind, and praying how could I have done this differently. In the end I feel what I did was the right thing to do. It might not have been popular, hence I call this a little crazy.

In my devotions today, I started a new book of the Bible. I took up the challenge this year to read through the Bible and the book I came to today was the book of Hosea. Now, if you want to talk about someone who went a little crazy to outsiders, let’s talk Hosea.

“The beginning of the word of the Lord by Hosea. And the Lord said to Hosea, Go, take unto thee a wife of whoredoms and children of whoredoms: for the land hath committed great whoredom, departing from the Lord. So he went and took Gomer the daughter of Diblaim; which conceived, and bare him a son.” (Hosea 1:2-3)

Wait a minute! WHAT??? God tells Hosea, the prophet, to go take a wife who was currently a prostitute. God wanted to say something to his people so He told the prophet to do something that was a little crazy, and more than likely misunderstood. Hosea obeyed the Word of the Lord and did as he was told. I’m sure there were others who thought, “what is that man thinking?” In the middle of it all, He obeyed, and God blessed Hosea for doing what was right before God. God used Hosea to show God’s people what He wanted them to hear.

I will say in the effort of disclosure, my situation when compared to Hosea’s situation is very far apart from his…a light year even. Mine was not near as drastic or out there kind of crazy. I feel, however, that there is a principle here to be considered. Perhaps, you are in a situation right now where if you go forward with what you know to be fair and right, people will call you out. They will call you crazy, call you out publicly, and/or not give you the benefit of the doubt on the reasoning behind you doing what you are thinking about doing. There comes a point where you must decide, “Are you going to obey what God is telling you to do or what men may think of you? You may know that there will be those who will try to set you straight and point out all the ways you are wrong. If you feel like God is telling you to move forward, you need to do it anyway. Trust the one who has lead you this far. Let me also say that if you are going to do it, let the Lord be your defender to those who don’t like it, and make sure to extend grace to those who disagree. If they outright ask you about it, do your best to calmly and graciously explain if God leads you to. In all of this, follow God’s leading.

Has God asked you to go crazy? If he has, step out in faith and do it. You never know if he may use you to turn a group around to His way of thinking!

Blessing to you all,

Amy

“Captive” Thoughts

‘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. 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”.