Last week when the Ladies’ brunch was held at my house, I was privileged to share from God’s word. I wanted to share it with you, too.
I talked about what I struggle with daily. My thoughts or controlling my mind. Here are some examples of stuff I think about that generally ruins my day:
~Replay a conversation in my head over and over. Thinking about all the things I could have said or should have said. Or how stupid I was to say what I did.
~Dwelling on a situation, trying to figure out a solution.
~Reliving the past, sometimes a memory flash of something really bad or dumb will just happen. How I choose to react to those thoughts is almost always different.
~Dreading the future (Brian’s leaving, not getting pregnant again-ever, putting the garden in alone-ugh, being alone for 3 months)
~Thinking I am not “good” enough to ________________.
I mean, I would do my chores just thinking about ________ until I would get my self all worked about it. Ruining my whole day, mentally and spiritually. Then I would have a hard time focusing my energy on being a good mommy. Because I “was in a bad mood”. But I came across this book titled, Loving God with all your mind by Elizabeth George. The whole book is good, but what stood out to me is the main verse she used.
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report: if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, THINK on THESE things.
God commands us to think on good and lovely things. Not just whatever our little mind lets us. We are commanded to think on good thoughts. SO…
God knows our thoughts. I know we all know that in our minds. But when you actually start looking up all the verses that tell us that, it gets exciting to see with our hearts. I don’t know how to explain it. Except for before I was saved I had the knowledge of the things of God. But now that I am truly saved, I now have a different sort of knowledge. I guess it is because the Holy Spirit is inside me showing me.
I know that thou canst do every thing, and that no thought can be withholden from thee.
Here it is just a statement from Job to God.
Another statement, this time from David, acknowledging God’s omniscience.
The Lord knowed the thoughts of man, that they are vanity.
I Corinthians 3:20
And again, the Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain.
I found numerous passages throughout the gospels that said, and Jesus knowing his thought or their thoughts and said….which always astonished whoever He was speaking to.
Psalms 139:1-2, 4
O Lord, thou has searched me, and know me. Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off. For there is not a word in my tongue, but lo, O Lord, thou knowest it altogether.
Here David is saying, Lord you know me. You know what I am going to do before I do it. I have some notes scribbled in the margins of this passage that I took during a sermon, that says these verses mean God knows are character, contemplations, and conversations. (heart matter)
This passage leads me into another point, our thoughts emerge from our heart.
For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he…
For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man.
Here is the story of the Pharisees being appalled that Jesus’ disciples sat down to eat dinner without washing their hands. Which I can see being grossed out about. But in reality, the Pharisees had wickedness in their heart. And Jesus, just gets right to the crux of the matter. He knew what was in their hearts.
I also think it is interesting that God lumps evil thoughts with murder and adulteries and lying.
Even foolish thoughts are sin. Which surprised me a little bit when I discovered this verse.
The thought of foolishness is sin: and the scorner is an abomination to man.
Foolishness got me to thinking about childishness. I will reprimand Kate. I will say, Kate don’t touch that. That is whatever…She will then come back and say, But I want….she stops and then thinks and almost always randomly spouts out something. Like one day she said her elephant necklace, another day she said, her nail polish, another day, she blames Isabel. She is childish and foolish. How often am I that way when I am talking to God? Whining and complaining to Him. Or just praying selfish, needy prayers. When instead I should be praying with a heart of thankfulness and praise to Him. Or begging forgiveness…..or begging for the salvation of others.
Worry is sin, as well. This is just running over and over in your mind something that you have no control over. This can be over any number of things. I really like this verse, when I start to worry about money or other physical things like that.
And he said unto his disciples, Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on. The life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment. Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth them: how much more are ye better than the fowls? And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit? If ye then be not able to do that thing which is least, why take ye thought for the rest? Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. If then God so clothe the grass, which is to day in the field, and to morrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith? And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind. For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things. But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you. Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth.
For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
Be careful for nothing….
We are commanded to control our thoughts. Chaos and confusion is of the devil.
II Corinthians 10:5
Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
Here it says if your thoughts shouldn’t go against the knowledge of Christ, this to me implies that you should have some knowledge of Christ.
Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment.
Ask Him for help….if you really want to get down to the nitty gritty.
Search me. O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me to everlasting.
This brings me back to:
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report: if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
When you begin to be bogged down in your thoughts, quote this verse. Then ask yourself: is it true? Is it honest? Is it lovely? If it’s not, turn on some music and turn your thoughts heavenward. Think on the wonderful things He has done.