Indeed, the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing until it divides soul from spirit, joints from marrow; it is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And before Him no creature is hidden, but all are naked and laid bare to the eyes of the one to whom we must render an account. (Hebrews 4:12-13)
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Do you ever feel like you can’t control your thoughts? Do they ever race and race and it seems there’s nothing you can do to make them stop? You’re not alone; this has been my story for the past 10 years.
I have struggled with my thought life for most of my adult life. I have tried everything to learn how to break free in this area. I have been a believer since college, but trying to line up my thoughts with scripture has been a major battle for me.
But as the author of Hebrews says, “the word of God is alive and active...it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”
The answer to a mind filled with peace is the Word of God.
The Bible is the only book that is alive and has the power to transform our mind. There are some very helpful books on this topic today, but none of them can know my thoughts and attitudes like the Word of God.
John 1:1 says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” ‘Word’ is used three times in this passage. In Greek, it means ‘logos’, and the definition is, ‘a word, speech, or divine utterance, an analogy.’ God knew his kids would need a supernatural tool to navigate through life. His Word is God-breathed and every word is inspired by the Holy Spirit. If this is true, why aren’t we immersing ourselves in this book?!
I believe one of the reasons is that we have an enemy. He will do everything he can to keep us too busy to spend any time in this book. The enemy attacks our thought life because God has an amazing plan for us. If the devil can control our thoughts, he can keep us from the destiny God has for us. But God has already given us the victory and the very tools we need to overcome; Jesus, and His Word!
We can hear about this churchy response all day. "Jesus is the answer! The Word of God has power!" But if we don’t know how to use the tools God has given us, it is like a sheathed sword, sharp and powerful, but unused and unable to defeat the enemy.
We can be confident that any thought that does not line up to the Word of God is not from God. For, “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of love, and of peace, and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7). God has given me a sound mind. Period. But we have a role to play in accessing the freedom Jesus purchased for us.
So here are some practical ways that I use the Word of God as my weapon in this battle for my mind...
First off, any thought that comes into my mind is taken to court. If it doesn’t line up with what God or the Word says about me, it has to go. I even visualize the thought being sent back to where it came from, far away from me. 2 Corinthians 10:5 says, "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."
Notice that this verse says every thought. Every single one. We cannot allow these lies to float around in our mind that don’t line up with what God thinks about us.
The next thing I do is I find a verse that speaks the opposite truth. I speak it aloud and thank God that His Word is true. And I do this as many times as is necessary. Even if it takes praying a truth over in my mind 100 times a day.
Through this, the Word of God begins to transform my mind - and hopefully yours - to line up with God’s thoughts about us. My mind is not perfect, but I know I have the authority to speak God’s truth over my life to find freedom and victory. This is the same authority that you have.
Join me today in speaking God’s truth over our lives!
written by: Katy Haynes
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