I’m sure many of you have heard the saying “Don’t believe everything you think”. This is one of my favorite things to say…especially to my teenagers! They, however don’t think I’m being as clever as I think I am! But quite often we get a thought or idea in our head and without question, believe it to be right and true. As a result, our feelings and emotions follow suit, and as women, sometimes rather dramatically!
One of my favorite books is “Victory over the Darkness” by Neil T Anderson. In it he states, “if what we think does not reflect truth then what we feel does not reflect reality”. Whoa! I know right!? I had to read this one a few times (okay, maybe more than a few) to fully grasp this idea and the more I thought about this, and tested it, the more I realized it to be true. Truthfully, all of our life experiences, good and bad, influence the way we think, which in turn effects how we feel, behave, and ultimately live. Our current culture totally allows us the freedom to express those thoughts without reservation and then also reserves the right to protest everything it disagrees with! I personally find this exhausting!
But keep in mind that we want to be counter cultural! Our goal here is to be Kingdom minded!
So let’s focus for a moment on some thoughts that all of us women have struggled with. You know, those thoughts like, “I’m so ugly”, “I could never do that”, “no one understands what I’m going through” or even thinking bad thoughts about others. Come on ladies…you know we do it! These are NOT true!
So how do we know when a thought comes to us, if it’s truth or not? Well first you have to decide what you want to base your truth on. I think it’s safe to say that if you’re reading this, you’ve already decided that The Bible is the truth you want to live your life by. It’s certainly my truth! Also, if you’ve decided to accept Jesus as your Lord and asked him to into your life then His Holy Spirit is alive in you! Which means…..His voice is in your head!! Unfortunately,….so are a few others. Ya know, like the devil, who by the way, is the father of lies! Lets also not forget our own thoughts that are influenced by our personality and experiences. Yikes! With so many voices, hearing the truth can get confusing! That’s one reason why it’s so important to read the Bible. The more familiar we are with His words, the more we will recognize His voice…which by the way…can ONLY speak truth!
One of my favorite scriptures sums this up nicely! “Finally brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise let your mind think of these things. The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things and the God of peace shall be with you.” Phil 5:8-9.
The last part is my favorite….”The God of peace shall be with you”!