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. Continue reading…
I think Autumn is the best time of year with falling leaves, football games, pumpkins, sweaters and cooler weather. The thing I cherish most about fall is the beloved pumpkin spice latte. Can I get a witness?
I recently heard a story of a lady who…wait for it…HATES pumpkin spice lattes. (I know it’s hard to image.) She shared the reason for her aversion and it painted a bigger picture for me. When she was a little girl her dad made pumpkin spice bread for the family. Instead of adding baking powder he used baking soda! The bread smelled heavenly, but it tasted too salty and rancid. Today whenever she thinks of trying anything with pumpkin spice her mind runs to that first bad experience.Her brain classifies and judges ALL pumpkin spice items as distasteful. She needs a memory redemption. I wish I could invite her to the coffee shop.
How many of us do the same thing? If we’ve experienced a painful incident we judge everything associated with that event as painful, and label it as dangerous. This is the precursor of prejudice–judging all by the actions of a few.
I got hurt in church, thus all churches are hurtful. I was abused by a man; all men are abusive. I was robbed by a teenager; all teens are criminals. My boss was unfair; all bosses are out to get me.
You get the idea. You’ve just discovered the devil’s major scheme to STEAL our future. He tries to trick us into judging one negative incident as life’s forgone conclusion. That negative memory does not have to be your fate! It can be REDEEMED and exchanged for God’s greater purpose.
We can’t change the FACTS of what happened to us, but we CAN change our response and embrace the TRUTH of God’s redeeming power!
Memories are powerful and real. They can be triggered by smell, sound or a feeling. How many painful memories occupy real estate of your head?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!