It just so happened that this past came on Christmas day. I hope ya’ll are having a great Christmas with family and friends. God Bless!!
The past few weeks we’ve been working on an experiment. I’ve been sharing some devotional thoughts on anxiety. You can check out the last five weeks here:
This week, let’s go after our stinkin’ thinkin’!
Take a minute or 2 to center yourself. To be still and prepare your heart to hear from God.
Read 2 Corinthians 10:5.
Everybody go Kung Fu Fightin’
I’m a lover, not a fighter. I took karate for 7 years, but I was never very good at it. I enjoyed the exercise. What most people may not realize is that karate taught me more about self-discipline than anything else. It taught me about focus, and that it’s not about how strong you are in a fight, but if you can be focused and leverage the strength of your enemy against them. Prayer is like that.
We forget that prayer is a weapon in our arsenal. It’s the weapon God has given us to do battle against anxiety. It doesn’t seem to work like that.
Some of you pray for peace, but you feel more anxious. But Paul says we got pray with swagger. 2 Corinthians 10: 5. He writes: We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ.
You know what this means…we have REBELLIOUS thoughts. What are these rebellious thoughts? Its what psychologists call STINKIN’ THINKIN’.
- This is the bridge, that once I go over it…it’s going to collapse.
- My son failed his spelling test; he’ll never get into a good college.
- Nobody cares for you.
- Your crazy.
We have these thoughts, that are actually lies…or scare tactics. Our enemy specializes in them because he wants to keep us paralyzed and out of commission.
Paul says, “Take every thought captive.” Imagine getting a giant net and throwing it over disobedient thoughts. And confronting those lies and saying, “You are not true. Christ is in me. He is my peace. And He is in complete control!” That’s our authority as believers. We can confront the lies that satan uses and combat them with the Truth.
What kind of stinkin’ thinkin’ are you dealing with? How can God’s Truth change things for you?
Change your thoughts and change your world – Norman Vincent Peale
1-2 Minutes of Silence