Remember the old fashion punishment of washing your mouth out with soap?
If only fixing our words was as easy as washing our tongue! We know our words flow out of what’s in our heart and minds, so wouldn’t it be great to wash our minds?
That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word… Ephesians 5:26 KJV
Get Your Mind Out of the Gutter
The Apostle Paul teaches in Ephesians how God’s word does just that; it washes our minds! Ephesians 5:26 shows how it sanctifies (sets it apart to God) and cleanses (purify, free from defilement and fault) our minds by the “washing of water by the word.” But just how does this happen? It’s a lot more than rubbing a bible on our head like a paper loofa. How can our brain be washed? How can you really get your mind out of the gutter? Continue reading…
Today, let’s inventory our THOUGHTS and the WORDS we produce from those thoughts. I challenge you to take an inventory of your words for the next 24 hours, including the words that float around in your mind like a song stuck on repeat.
Thoughts and words are inseparable. Words come to our brain as thoughts and then out of our mouth as a message. Complementary and reciprocal, it’s hard to tell which came first.
Words are CONTAINERS; they hold power to create or destroy life. Proverbs 18:21 (AMP) says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue …”
For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart** brings forth good things…Matthew 12:34-35 (NKJ)
**kardia = the soul or mind, as it is the fountain and seat of the thoughts, passions, desires, appetites, affections, purposes, endeavors
You Are A Hoarder
Whether you know it or not, you are a word hoarder! Every day you store words in the thesaurus of your soul. How is your word wealth?
The Greek word for treasure is thesaurus, which means “a place in which good and precious things are collected and laid up; a storehouse.”
We collect many negative words in our hearts throughout life. Many were whispered about us behind our backs, written about us, spoken over us or yelled at us. We collect those words and STORE them up to recycle. The words you store up will write the story of your life! Continue reading…
Picture Peter accepting Jesus’ invitation to step out of the boat and walk to him…
Faith arose in Peter as he heard Jesus’ word to him, for faith comes by hearing. He stepped out, defied the impossible, and operated in a huper anointing beyond what he had ever experienced before—until the wind began to blow.When the storm surged, his focus shifted from Jesus to the squall. He wavered as the waves rose…(excerpt from Huperwoman by Kris White)
Fear loves to start stampedes. Animals can easily “spook” and set off a stampede. Their anxious frenzy sends all the others into total hysteria over a small, often unfounded, incident that’s thrown out of proportion by PANIC!
Have you ever had a thought stampede? One small thought spooks you into running swiftly down a track of despair? We also call this the snowball effect. One runaway thought collects others in its breakneck downhill demise.
Your boss simply asks to meet with you and your mind runs to the unemployment line. You hear a faint noise and your mind races to a terrorist invasion. A hang nail becomes open heart surgery in a matter of 30 seconds. These are all examples of runaway thoughts.
Panic paralyzes or causes frenzy. Our English word “panic,” originates with tales of the mythical Greek creature, Pan. Normally, a pleasant and peaceful fellow, Pan played his pipe and frolicked through the woods. But if accidentally awakened from his noon nap, his temper would rage and cause the woodland animals to stampede with frenzy. Greek authors derived the word panikon, “sudden fear,” from Pan’s unanticipated anxious indignation, and this is the ultimate source of the English word panic.
We know it’s not logical to be scared or uneasy in our mind, but our emotions don’t agree. Has panic ever seized you and caused mass terror? This fear is not a gift from God! The book of James tells us how every good and perfect gift comes from the Father. (James 1:7)Panic is not perfect. It’s author is not your Father or friend. Continue reading…
The theme of a scarcity thinker is, “There’s never enough!”
Is the glass 1/2 empty or is the glass 1/2 full?
Are your thoughts focused on what you HAVE or what you’re MISSING?
God is able to make all grace abound toward me, that I, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work (2 Corinthians 9:8).
SCARCITY THINKING is the new buzz word for what we formerly called a POVERTY MENTALITY. This line of thinking focuses on what you don’t have instead of being thankful for what you DO have. It’s an underlying panic that you will run out and you better “get all you can and can all you get!”
Scarcity thinking is much broader than finances. This theme of thinking discolors every thought. Brene Brown says in her book, Daring Greatly, “we live in a culture of ‘perceived scarcity’ that says, there’s never enough.
“We start off the morning thinking we didn’t get enough sleep, go through the day thinking we don’t have enough time, and fall asleep thinking we failed to accomplish enough tasks. Whatever we have, do, or get, it’s never enough.” (Brene Brown)
We know how to SET the thermostat to cool the house in the Texas heat.
We know how to SET the GPS for our road trip destination.
We know how to SET the oven temperature to cook the brownies.
We recently watched the Rio olympic volleyball teams SET the ball for the killer spike.
We can SET a date for the big event.
We SET the alarm clock for the next day.
Why is it so hard to SET our minds?
As a society we are busier with more potential distractions than ever before. We’re dinged with notifications, we’re buzzed with texts, we’re targeted by marketers, we’re lobbied for votes, and hustled by unsolicited emails.
Just as we focus our thoughts to God’s calling and commit to follow through with serving our neighbor, loving our spouse and staying positive–SQUIRREL! (You know this inside joke if you’ve seen the adorable movie, Up! Dug, the yellow dog is wholeheartedly committed to the adventure, until…you guessed it, he sees a squirrel and then all attention is diverted and the mission is abandoned.) Continue reading…
How’s your mind renovation coming? Can’t you just see the Father, the master designer and architect, walking through the rooms and smiling over the progress?
We built a house a few years ago. It was a grueling process, but my favorite thing each week was walking through hunting for improvements and rejoicing over each little completion.
Be patient. Mind renewal takes time. We’ve had bad thought habits for years (some of us decades), so it’s a process of daily faithfulness to renew those old patterns. I love what Kris Valloton says about process.
“If you embrace the promise without the process, you are living in a fantasy.” (Kris Valloton)
I wish it was possible to take BEFORE pics of our minds to see the progress we’ve made in just one week! How are your thoughts begin to shift?
Life Begins with God’s Choice
Life begins with God’s choice; he choose you! (Ephesians 1:4) Then out of his love for us, he gives us our turn to choose.
Long before he laid down earth’s foundations, he had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love, to be made whole and holy by his love. Ephesians 1:4 Message
If you’ve ever watched any home renovation show, then you know how exciting DEMO DAY is! Well…IT’S DEMO DAY! (The crowd goes wild!) People go crazy swinging sledgehammers and shattering outdated bathroom fixtures in a cloud of glorious dust. All caution is thrown to the wind in an attempt to remove the old and prepare a fresh palette for the new.
It’s demo day for our minds! Instead of a sledgehammer, we have a sword and it’s time to clear out everything that’s not in the original design. Our powerful “God-tools” aren’t purchased at the corner home improvement store and exerted with physical force, but with spiritual strength through the blood of Jesus!
We use our powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ. Our tools are ready at hand for clearing the ground of every obstruction and building lives of obedience into maturity. 2 Corinthians 10: 5-6
Second Corinthians chapter 10 gives us our DEMOLITION list of items that must go. (Note: Regrettably, many times in demolition old things can’t be torn out and renewed because the budget doesn’t allow. GOOD NEWS! The renovation of your mind has been funded and spared no expense! Woohoo–better than Carrara marble and shiplap!)
ochyrōma = a castle, stronghold, fortress, fastness; anything on which one relies; of the arguments and reasonings by which a disputant endeavours to fortify his opinion and defend it against his opponent
Put simply, a stronghold is anything that has a STRONG HOLD on your mind, pulling it away from God. Notice the Strong’s definition, “anything on which one relies.”
“A stronghold is anything that exalts itself in our minds, “pretending” to be bigger or more powerful than our God. It steals much of our focus and causes us to feel overpowered. Controlled. Mastered.” Beth Moore
2.) Arguments or Imaginations
logismos = a reckoning, computation (to count or reckon); a reasoning that brings a verdict
You remember the original argument the enemy brought to Adam and Eve in the garden?…Did God really say not to eat from the tree? (Genesis 3:3) These arguments start with a hint of truth (or else you’d never listen) and then pervert and distort against the knowledge of God. God has given us a creative imagination, but the word used here is a bullying quarrel that tries to dishonor God’s authority.
3.) High things that exalt itself against the knowledge of God
hypsōma = thing elevated, height / an evil spirit or principality
There is no remorse in taking these enemy thoughts captive. There will be NO MORE negotiating with these mind terrorist. If you’ve ever renovated a house, you know the joy of getting rid of pea-green tile, 60’s orange toilets and moldy floors. What joy to be free from the strongholds that have HELD your STRENGTH? Pick up your sword and swing! It’s DEMO DAY!
Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. John 8:32
What STRONGHOLD is causing you to rely on it, instead of the strength of God?
What argument or vain imagination has been wearing you down in your head and talking you out of victory?
What “high thing” or principality threatens or whispers in your mind?
What is your DEMO DAY plan? Is there any physical things you need to trash (or give away) as a symbol of your freedom? (Many times in home renovation shows the designer secretly gives away the owners old ratty chairs and beloved ragged sofas so they won’t sneak them back in later.) What do you need to physically do so you block access to the old strongholds?
Do you ARGUE with other people in your mind? How would they respond if they could see your thought bubbles? Pray about adjusting your self-talk towards others.
For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, 6 and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled. 2 Corinthians 10:4-6
In the name of Jesus, I tear down every stronghold, argument or high thing that’s been built in my thinking. I exalt the knowledge of Jesus as my Lord and savior over every lie and declare that the TRUTH will make me free. I receive freedom from ______________(insert your own). I declare I am set from from the power of any EVIL thoughts or spirits by the blood and power of Jesus. I break any agreements or vows I have made with these thoughts. Lord, demolish them out of my life. Holy Spirit empower me to take them captive when they try to reason their way back into my mind. The peace of God stands watch and will not let them enter! I am free!
Growing up we had this awesome toy similar to Play-Doh, called Silly Putty. It came in a plastic red egg and could stretch out, conform over shapes and (the most fun) copy the images of any picture it was pressed upon. I saved the colorful Sunday comics to impress my putty on. (Maybe we were easily amused before tablets, but we thought it was entertaining.) What images are being IMPRESSED onto your mind?
Romans 12:2 encourages us NOT to be conformed to the world, but to be transformed by the renewing of our mind. It’s easy and comfortable to conform. Every culture and generation has systems and strategies to stereotype and limit. The devil’s plan is to use outside forces of circumstances, media, popular opinion, and fear to push and pressure you into CONFORMING to the shape of this world. Continue reading…
Have you ever had a friend who says all the right things, but you still wonder what they really think about you? Or, if you’ve ever been estranged from a parent, the question is always pressing, “do they ever think of me?” We can’t control anyone else’s thoughts, but I have amazing news for you. Someone’s thinking about you all the time; yes, you might say he’s obsessed with you and has been known to do a bit of stalking!
If you’ve ever wondered what God really thinks of you, here’s your answer.