MAY GOD HIMSELF, THE GOD OF PEACE, SANCTIFY YOU THROUGH AND THROUGH
(1 Thessalonians 5:23).
A few years ago I realized that my actions—the things I DO in life—were not so bad. But on the inside—in my THOUGHT life—it was a different story. That area looked more like a war zone. Ugly thoughts “I am a failure…I am worthless…I am a victim” ravaged my mind, all the time. Negative, belittling thoughts were running loose, everywhere, turning my mind into a battle zone. The worst thing was…I believed everything I thought. But then, the Lord God had a Word with me:
LET THE WICKED FORSAKE HIS WAY, AND THE UNRIGHTEOUS MAN HIS THOUGHTS: AND LET HIM RETURN UNTO THE LORD, AND HE WILL HAVE MERCY UPON HIM; AND TO OUR GOD, FOR HE WILL ABUNDANTLY PARDON
Beautiful Child, I can see that you have no peace in your thought life. I wish to change that. I wish to give you My Peace; but first, I need something from you.
Precious One, I want you to forsake your thoughts and return to Me. Stop receiving, accepting, and believing the negative, destructive beliefs from the father-of-lies. Do not let these belittling commands from the evil one run loose in your mind, allowing them to influence your mind and injure your heart. Instead, take each thought captive and bring it before Me. If you do, I will have mercy upon you and sanctify you, through and through, spirit, soul, and body, with My Peace.
AND WE TAKE CAPTIVE EVERY THOUGHT TO MAKE IT OBEDIENT TO CHRIST
(2 Corinthians 10:5).
What do your day-to-day thoughts look like? How do these thoughts influence your life—your emotions and behavior?
I urge you to keep your thoughts from running loose. Start catching each thought that causes you to feel bad, mad, or sad. Then, submit each one to the Lord Jesus and ask Him to exchange it for His Word of Truth to you. With which thought do you want to start, today?
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, today, I catch this thought that has been running loose in my mind, causing feelings of shame, condemnation, rejection, and abandonment in my heart. I submit it to Your Authority to be submissive to the Perfect Father’s Will. Remove this thought from my mind and replace it with Your Word of Truth for me. Redeem my spirit, soul, and body from the damage this thought has caused in me, so I may be sanctified, through and through, by Your Peace.
Maintain an Awareness
We did not realize it at the time, but during our childhood we made the most deterministic decisions of our lives.