We’ve reached the SUMMIT – 21 days of thought detox. Can you see a difference in how you’re choosing to think?
Remember the classic children’s story of The Little Engine That Could? It’s hard to nail down the original author of this story, because it’s thought to be a folk tale; but one version appeared in a Sunday School publication in 1906 under the title Thinking One Can.
“I think I can. I think I can. I think I can. I know I can.” – Little Engine That Could
My great grandmother read me this story of optimism and would say, “Can’t never could do anything!”
Do you think you CAN? Or count the reasons why you CAN’T?
Scientist are astounded at the mind’s ability to produce it’s internal projections. You can actually “think yourself” sick. In a trial for Parkinson’s disease, participants were informed about the possible side effects with their medical trial. Surprisingly, “65% report adverse conditions as a result” even though they were only given a placebo. This is known as a NOCEBO–a negative placebo effect. (The Contagious Thought That Could Kill You – bbc.com)
Nocebo: A negative placebo effect as, for example, when patients taking medications experience adverse side effects unrelated to the specific pharmacological action of the drug. … Nocebo comes from the Latin noceo, to harm and means “I shall harm” whereas placebo means “I shall please.”
The devil always tries to make his NOCEBO effects (“I shall harm”) appear stronger than God’s TRUTH in our lives!
(Note: I have always found it fascinating how we’re so sick we can’t go to work, but if someone suddenly gave us Disney World tickets we’d miraculously feel better. Of course this isn’t true in all illness, but it is surprising how many times our mindset helps or hinders our healing.)
God Thinks We Can
I love the story of Gideon because I can totally relate. I’ve lived life in the shadows at times. In jr. high my friends were the cute cheerleaders, while I sat on the sidelines. My sister was valedictorian, while I struggled to pass Geometry. My husband preached around the world, while I cared for the kids and cleaned the house.
In Judges 6, we see Gideon “threshing wheat in the winepress” afraid of being attacked by the Midianites, who were terrorizing Israel. Threshing wheat usually takes place in a wide open space, but Gideon was thinking small in a small place.
Then the Angel of the Lord came to chat with Gideon under the oak tree.
11 The angel of the Lord came and sat down under the oak in Ophrah that belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, where his son Gideon was threshing wheat in a winepress to keep it from the Midianites. 12 When the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon, he said, “The Lord is with you, mighty warrior.” Judges 6:11-12
We would look at Gideon and see a cowardly little man hiding in a winepress hoping not to draw attention, but GOD’s THOUGHTS were beyond those facts. God saw a MIGHTY WARRIOR. Gideon lacked the “Little Engine’s” enthusiasm. He didn’t think he could and argued with an angel!
- Why has all this happened to us?
- My clan is the weakest
- I’m the weakest in my family
- The Midianites are too mean & mighty!
- Gideon, you are a mighty warrior
- My presence is greater than the enemy
- I’m answering the cry of my people & showing my glory
- I will go with you
God doesn’t call the qualified; He qualifies the called
God met Gideon’s NEGATIVE thoughts with thoughts of HIS PURPOSE to deliver His people. Negative thoughts aren’t ignored and swept under the rug; they are ADDRESSED with TRUTH. Gideon was right. The FACTS were–he was the smallest and the most insignificant, but the TRUTH was God was with him!
Face the facts; embrace the truth. – Huperman, Duane White
I think myself HAPPY!
The Apostle Paul was one of those qualified by the Spirit’s power and grace. During his divine appointment before King Agrippa, Paul stood in chains (a prisoner of the gospel) and said the “unthinkable”…I think myself happy. In one of the worst trials of his life, Paul “counted” his experience as a happy one (fortunate), because it was helping him be obedient to the heavenly vision. (Acts 26:19)
“I think* myself happy, King Agrippa, because today I shall answer for myself before you concerning all the things of which I am accused by the Jews…” Acts 26:2 NKJ (emphasis added)
* hēgeomai = COUNT, think, consider
What things could we COUNT as happy (blessed/fortunate) if we saw it as obedience to God’s call?
Just as parents teach their young children to count with numbers; God teaches his children to COUNT with FAITH!
Count* it all joy…James 1:2 (*Count is hēgeomai in the greek, just as in Acts 26:19)
Thank you Lord, for the RENOVATION you’ve done in my mind. I pray you would put a CAN DO spirit within me. Instead of counting the facts, help me to count by faith and embrace the truth. Download your thoughts and purposes for me into my mind and help me to THINK myself happy about whatever I face. I pray for the grace to answer like Paul that I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision! I CAN DO all things through Christ that increases supernatural strength in me. Let your treasure shine out of this earthen vessel and amaze all who witness it with your goodness and glory!
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13
Big Thought: As I receive God’s strength, I CAN DO everything He’s called me to do.