“And He said to them, Be careful what you are hearing. The measure [of thought and study] you give [to the truth you hear] will be the measure [of virtue and knowledge] that comes back to you—and more [besides] will be given to you who hear. “ Mark 4:24
Hello My Dearest Ones,
This week is about being very conscious of what is floating in our minds. Taking stock of what we allow to be there. Recently, I was in my kindergarten class and it was rest time. I was sitting there, with the lights off watching Magic School Bus with the children. However, my mind was becoming more and more agitated as I thinking about my trip to Oregon and all the details. Now, to my logical self, it seemed normal to be thinking and really planning for the “what ifs.” Immediately, my emotions began to follow my thoughts. I started feeling stressed and then I noticed my back was hurting. Then fear and anxiousness showed up. That’s when the Holy Spirit stepped in.
Miss Frizzle said loud and clear “This is no occasion for agitation!” Those words went from that cartoon character right to my heart. I was letting my heart become more and more agitated. John 14:1 says “Do not let your hearts be troubled (distressed, agitated). You believe in and adhere to and trust in and rely on God; believe in and adhere to and trust in and rely also on Me.” It is my job to be aware of the state of my heart. In this situation, although I knew the truth, I was not being aware of what I was thinking. I was following the logical path of thoughts. Only these thoughts lead to death for me instead of life. I repented on the spot and immediately my heart returned to peace.
Repentance for me looked like this,”Lord forgive me for not thinking on those things which are honorable, worthy, lovely, pure and of good report. Help me to think as you are teaching me.” In the next moment when the thought came to me, “What if the van breaks down?” I took that thought captive with this, “I know God is leading me to go and I know He will take care of me. He always supplies for my needs.” This brought faith to my heart and allowed me to remain at peace, not agitated or stirred up. He helped me to think the right things. I know I am thinking the right things if my emotions are peaceful, joyful and full of faith. These kind of fruits are what I want produced in my life and evidence of His Holy Spirit.
It has been my prayer daily that the Lord would rule in my thinking. I usually invite Him to be the Lord of my life daily. This is mainly to remind me that He is Who I want to rule in my thinking, doing and being. For surely, I struggle so often with thoughtless thoughts that build wrong strongholds in my thinking. I am learning to hold my thoughts accountable. Usually, I feel something and that is my cue to check what I am thinking. As I am growing in this, I am amazed at how easy it is for me to get off track. Little thoughts here and there, that I do not take into account or I justify, accumulate and overwhelm me. The bad news is I am really great with negative flash flooding, when it comes to wrong thinking. The good news is, that means I have the capability to be very good at it in the reverse way. God’s way. He will help me with this. I am learning to recognize the subtle thought that tries to open the way for the herd of wrong thinking and I immediately shore that place up with His word.
Also, I would like to draw your attention to something……..why would Jesus tell them to be careful what they were hearing? Why didn’t He say be careful what you are reading or saying? Hearing is vitally important to thinking. What we hear totally affects our thoughts, which affects our emotions and then alters our actions. Jesus knew this. He spoke about faith coming by hearing. On that day in class, I was hearing all the reasons God couldn’t provide for me. I was telling myself them and I was listening. This resulted in bad tasting fruit for me….stress, aching back and unhappiness. Praise God He helped me out. God wants us to hear Him. He wants us to hear His Truth because that is the place of freedom for us. It was for me. Once I listened to His truth I was free from the fear and all it’s fruit. I was free to have peace and joy about my trip.
My Friends, we have a choice what we think on, what we listen to and what we say. Each of these areas are directly related to what we are giving our attention to. I want to encourage you this week to take time to examine what you are thinking about. Look at how those thoughts affect your emotions. Something that really helps me is, putting my thoughts in two categories. Faith or Fear. Does this thought build faith? Or does it build Fear? That helps me identify which thoughts I need to take captive. God is always faithful to help with this. I really depend on Him helping me. I urge you to let Him help you too.
So we take comfort and are encouraged and confidently and boldly say, The Lord is my Helper; I will not be seized with alarm [I will not fear or dread or be terrified]. What can man do to me?” Hebrews 13:6
Father, I just pray for my friends as they are learning of You this week. I pray that You would be their Helper….
Help them understand what you want them to
Help them apply it to there lives as You lead
Help them notice the pesky thoughts that come to draw them into fear, confusion and despair
Help them to know what to do with those thoughts
Help them to know which thoughts to hang on to and which to let go
Help them give attention to You and Your word
Help them be encouraged and filled with faith
Help them know immediately when they are hearing something contrary to Your word for them
Help them discipline their thoughts and their emotions.
Help them let You reign in their thinking, doing and being
Help them to get their needs meet in You.
In Jesus Name, Amen.
!!!!!!!!!!!!THIS IS NO OCCASION FOR AGITATION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!