As a clinical coach, I have found this to be completely true. "Between the ears lies the problem and the solution." After all, if we aren't thinking about something, whether consciously or unconsciously, can it even bother us? Nope.
Our thoughts. They dictate much of what we believe about ourselves and others. Whether lies or truth. Then, these lies or truth influence our day to day lives. Master our thoughts and we can master our worlds.
I often say in counseling or coaching sessions, perspective isn't reality, it is simply our reality. Don't take my word for it though. Let's look at what GOD has to say about how we think.
"Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right... think on these things." (Philippians 4:8)
No more. That's it. My thoughts are not your thoughts, oh God. My ways are not your ways. Your thoughts are higher than my thoughts and your ways are higher than my ways.
Thoughts. They trip us up and so easily. This is why 2nd Corinthians 10:5 says "We take every thought captive to obey Christ." The Bible does not say meditate and marinate on the sinful thoughts that are bothering you. For when we do marinate, we just seep our mind with what ails us like this steak is being seeped with marinade.
Who in their right mind would do that? But, we do. We believe the lies of the enemy all day long. Here are just a few of his many lies:
Your not forgiven. He'll never understand you. You blew it with your kids. Its too late for your marriage. You will be happier elsewhere. He doesn't care. She doesn't love you. Your a failure. You will be never get this vision off the ground and on and on and on it goes.
Remember what you did to her? Remember your failures? Who do you think you are anyway? Teasing and taunting, berating and belittling, our enemy is relentless. But, my friend, so is the love of our God!
"When we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from ALL unrighteousness." 1st John 1:9
GOD knows sin reigns in us. He knows we can't do anything about it without him. He knows we will stumble. He expects it. He teaches us through our struggles drawing us closer and closer to Himself.
The enemy appeals to our pride and shame, our guilt and regret, reminding us of what we never could do anyway- be perfect.
He wants us to focus on our problems, and be so weighed down by them, we don't ever fulfill GODs plan for our lives.
He is, after all, the enemy. This is after all, a daily battle. Between the ears, our struggle appears.
So sweet brothers and sisters, we can decide today, determine today, to dismiss the lies of the enemy and, hence, dismiss the temptation to sin.
As soon as the lying thoughts comes, we can simply pray as Jesus did, "Deliver me, oh God, from this evil and then send Satan a runnin' away. Later enemy. We don't believe you.
Let's refuse to let his voice be the loudest one we hear. Let's make Gods voice the loudest in our lives. Let's be determined to take hold of our freedom in Christ and press on.
Please pray now with me............
TODAY AND FOREVERMORE, I REFUSE TO ALLOW THE DEVIL AND HIS MINION'S LIES TO ENTER MY MIND AND INFLUENCE MY WORLD.
I will, by GODS grace and power, dismiss every sinful thought and run freely under Christ's shed blood for me and the Holy Spirit's influence in my mind and heart to fulfill every task that God has planned for me.
I put on the full armor of GOD.
James 4:7 reads "Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you." I resist all the lies about my marriage, my past, my mothering or fathering, my parenting, my relationships, my family, my friendships, my health, my finances, and my future or any other area the enemy is seeking to devour. In Jesus Christ name, I command you to get behind me Satan.
Now, go and take your mountain! God's got you!
"And Jesus said, 'For truly I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, Move from here to there; and it will move, and NOTHING will be impossible for you."(Matthew 17:20)