“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.” 2 Corinthians 10:5.
I felt the Lord laying on my heart to be more open and vulnerable, and truly share what it is He is teaching me through this particular season of life. No cool recipes, marriage tips or DIY projects… just my heart.
Lately it has seemed so much easier to get sucked into a negative mindset. Little things, big things… my mind just wants to scoff at the situation or display some sort of apathy towards it. Throwing my hands up and looking towards God saying, “I am tired Lord!!! I don’t care. You are asking too much of me. It’s easier to react this way.” Probably not the response I should have to the Father. This isn’t what God wants from me or you! He doesn’t want us to be tired and constantly do, do, do; He wants us to find our rest and joy in Him. He doesn’t want us to give into negative thoughts and just accept hard situations with a defeated mindset. We must take every thought captive and make it obedient to what He says. In His Word he tells us to do everything as if we are serving HIM with all our hearts and not man (Col 3:23). He also says he will never ask us to handle more than we can bear (1 Cor 10:13).
Doesn’t it seem that when we give into those negative thoughts, I’m not good enough, I can do it on my own, God doesn’t hear me, etc, we feel even worse? It becomes even harder to stop the onslaught of lies. Once the enemy gets one thought in there and we decide to keep it for ourselves, it opens the door for more to come in! God has been helping me take every thought captive. The devil likes to get me at the most opportune times; when Nick and I have a spat, when I am tired, when something unexpected pops up and causes stress and worry – these are the times when it is hardest for me to not give into those thoughts! I literally have to make a motion of throwing the thought out of my head (yes I look silly when doing this, but it works!!).
When I am not spending time with the Lord each day or praying His Word over my life and my husband’s, I can see the difference it makes not only in me but in the way other people respond as well. Who wants to be around someone who is constantly negative? I know the truth is that God loves me, and sometimes He applies just a little pressure to cause my heart to reach towards Him. Hard situations are meant to be training grounds for what is to come. We were never promised an easy life, but because of His great love for us He promised us that HE is in control and that we don’t have to go through these things alone!
Think about lovely things, true things… things that cause you to shout out a praise to the Lord! Thanksgiving is the best cure for negativity. When we are thanking Him for our lives, His faithfulness, His grace, His mercy, His love, our homes, our families, air to breathe… we can’t help but to be filled with His joy.
I will end with this verse, because it is such a good daily reminder to meditate and pray on.
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Phil 4:8.
What negative thoughts have been keeping you down? Pray these verses over your life and watch the change happen! 🙂 Feel free to contact for prayer requests.