Thursday, November 16
Yesterday, we looked at how important our thoughts are, and how our thoughts form our words. So, this challenge is about more than just keeping our mouth closed. It’s more than controlling what we say. It’s really about changing the way we think.
To change the way we think, we have to tear down the area of thinking that is feeding our complaining words – the stronghold (message reference!). We have to disassemble that well-fortified fortress in our mind that is dominated by the enemy and allows him tremendous influence in that area of our life.
If we are going to eradicate this stronghold, then we’ve got to get a hold of our thoughts. We have to be intentional with our thinking. We can’t go on auto-pilot any longer. We can’t just let our mind roam. We must pay attention to what we think. We have to listen to what’s going on in our head.
To do this, we have to interrogate every thought. And I mean every. We ask each thought this question:
- Where did you come from?
- Who do you sound like? Do you sound like Jesus? Sound loving or kind? OR Judgmental? Accusing? Envious?
- How do you make me feel? Encouraged? Peaceful? Hopeful? OR Irritated? Frustrated? Resentful?
- Do you line up with Truth – the Bible?
If you find these thoughts are negative in any way, give it to Jesus. Surrender it to Him and ask Him to take it.
Don’t ignore or repress any thought. Address them head on, deal with it and eliminate it. Don’t assume anything is approved building material. Inspect every thought. With a microscope. If it doesn’t meet specs of Truth, stop it and take it captive. Don’t let it become just another brick in the wall.
As we take every thought captive, we’ll be tearing down that stronghold brick by brick. (message reference!)
Dig into Romans 12:1-2, Ephesians 4:23-24, 2Corinthians 10:3-6 and 1Peter 1:13-16. Journal what Holy Spirit is showing you.
*Be sure to ask yourself the Reflection Questions and record your answers when you end your day! AND connect with your accountability partner!