Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Beginning the battle . . .

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Or maybe I should say taking back up the battle?  It seems to me that at some stage in my life I at least participated in a skirmish or two in this area . . .

The last few days, I’ve felt God reminding me that it IS in fact possible to take our thoughts captive to Christ, that I am not at the mercy of my thoughts but I can actually take my stand in the “battlefield of the mind” to quote a famous book.  I haven’t read it but I think I will.

Lately, I feel like I have been at the mercy of my thoughts which have kind of spiraled around negatively more often than I care to admit.  And I haven’t much tried to do anything about it.  Much to my sadness.

So over the weekend, I felt God speak to my spirit gently and remind me that I don’t need to indulge every negative or grumpy or hopeless thought that comes my way.  I was mulling this over when in church on Sunday, during the worship time, I really felt God wanting to do some work in this area of my life.  Our pastor opened up the altars for anyone who wanted to be prayed for something they wanted to give over to God.  I went forward as did many other people.  My friend Wendy snapped this precious shot of some of my boys (and some other kids too) praying for me which is so lovely to me.

After some prayer time and we had all returned to our seats, our pastor called up our guest speaker, one of our visitors named Larry.  After amazingly greeting everyone in Portuguese, Larry declared, “THOUGHTS! That’s what I want to talk about today!”

Well, he had my attention!  As did God, even more so.  Isn’t it amazing when He works things together like that? 

I look forward to renewed vision and purpose in this area of my life and the good things that will come of it.

Anyone else battle this area, now or in the past?  Have any words of wisdom, books or scriptures that have inspired you?  Please feel free to share!

Second Corinthians 2:5:  We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

4 comments:

Nikita said...

I have read Battlefield of the Mind by Joyce Meyer, and it's really good. I would recommend it.

Jennifer said...

This is a good word for me this morning...

I really like this verse and need to meditate on it more often.

(PS It's 2 Corinthian 10:5)

The Reeds said...

Yes indeed.. I wrote about this almost two years ago and sometimes go back and revisit the blog post to encourage myself that I am in the process of moving forward and BEING CHANGED. Every day. Every thought. Captive.

http://jacobandgeorgia.blogspot.com/2010/06/sweet-surrender-realization-3.html

p.s. I am doing the Beth Moore bible study on James and loving it. I would really really recommend it. I had never done one of her studies before for some weird reason- but this has been such a great blessing.

Blessings to you as you are CONSTANTLY renewed.

He is faithful to do it!

Marcia Francois said...

Laura, He reminds me of things like this often!

I don't have any book recommendations but my general rule of life is when He talks, start doing immediately and it gets easier.

I literally just do self-talk to myself :)