Our thoughts are so powerful. If we don’t control them, they can lead us to believe some pretty crazy lies.
I struggled with this for so many years…especially when it came to fear. Even after I became a Christian, I would watch all kinds of scary movies and then wonder why I had to fight off fear all the time.
Another type of fear that controlled me was the fear of rejection. I didn’t grow up in a Christian family that, honestly, they just didn’t know how to love us. I felt rejected. Like I wasn’t wanted.
I remember thinking that those people who were supposed to love me would eventually leave me. Or the people who were supposed to love me didn’t love me. And I used to think that something was wrong with me. I would tell myself all kinds of lies. I’m not good enough. I will never measure up. Nobody would ever love me.
And those lies caused me to close myself off and put up some pretty big walls around myself.
On last week’s episode of the UncommonTEEN Podcast, we saw how the woman with the issue of blood had taken control of her thoughts and how it lead to complete healing. The same is true for you!
2 Corinthians 10:4-5 says, “Our weapons of warfare are mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 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.”
"Our weapons of warfare…"
There is a battle that is going on inside of our minds every single day. God has given us His Word, the Sword of the Spirit, to pull down those strongholds…and we’ll talk about what those are in a minute, but He gave us His Word to pull down strongholds, to cast down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God.
Have you ever heard someone say something like, “You can’t get close to that person, because they have put up so many walls.”
That’s exactly what strongholds do to us. That word stronghold in the Greek means a fortress. Think of a castle from the Middle Ages…those castles has massive walls that surrounded them to keep out the enemy. Only the problem with strongholds, is they act as a prison, keeping you locked inside.
When in reality, if you have given your life to Jesus, He has already made you free and has given you the keys to unlock the door of the prison that is holding you captive.
Hebrews 4:12 tells us that God’s Word is living and powerful. It’s active and effective in changing our lives.
God’s Word is powerful enough to change our lives! Nothing else can transform our lives like the Bible can…because it is the true, living word of God!
Romans 12:2 says, do not be conformed to the patterns of this world…don’t take on their culture as your own, but instead by transformed by the renewing of Your mind…begin to change your mind and choose to start seeing things as God sees you! So that you may prove what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God is for you. That last part that says, “So you may prove what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God is for you…that means, the more that you renew your mind to what God says about you, the better your life will get…it will go from good, to better, to even better!