If you are not careful…
You can allow every negative thought enter your active mind. They will crumple your resolve to be the image of the person you have built yourself up to be. Your vision will be myopic… Nothing will seem right… One false move, that’s all it takes, and you will succumb to the power of negativity!
It happened to me a few moments ago. Right out of the blue. A number of situations all popped into my mind. Things that can be construed as negative!
Some might call it a demon, others a chemical or mental imbalance, while I prefer to think it’s me letting down my guard against the exterior forces that all of us build walls against.
On one hand, you absorb and dwell on these thoughts. They create a depressive state where you are susceptible to just about any action, as long as it does not require you to face up to the moment. And Handle It!
On the other hand, you take possession of your thoughts and compel them to flee and get up and do something about it – like write a blog post! We all need to learn how to compel these negative thoughts out of our present mind. These are positive actions that we all need to grasp out of our tool box!
The weight of our thoughts can crush us!
The Apostle Paul gives us words for one purpose that I believe we can use for another purpose. Sort of a “repurpose” action!
“For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, being ready to punish every disobedience, when your obedience is complete.” (2 Corinthians 10:3-6 ESV)
Take ever thought captive. Destroy arguments. Punish every disobedience. Some pretty awesome actions, right? If we use these actions against our mind, and our thinking, then we have a tool to learn how to be in control!
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted. In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.” (Hebrews 12:1-4 ESV)
People have done this before you, and will do it after you are long out of the picture! This is simply the way we have done things for millennium! Lay aside… EVERY weight! Run with endurance! Looking to the founder and perfecter of our faith – not at every evil that would attach itself to us! He endured! So can we!
This is not about a lemon turning into a lemonade stand – rather, this is about how we take control of the negative and reduce it to its smallest component and then stand on it triumphantly!
This morning, I grabbed every negative thought… Analyzed it for the craziness that it was. Stuffed it away in a deep place far from me. And stood up to my day. If it is a demon, then I have scripture against you!
And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ have come, for the accuser of our brothers has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God. And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death. Therefore, rejoice, O heavens and you who dwell in them! But woe to you, O earth and sea, for the devil has come down to you in great wrath, because he knows that his time is short!” (Revelation 12:10-12 ESV)