Each day we start with words. Some of them silent in our head like “I need a cup of coffee” or “what shall I wear today”. Throughout the day we use words not only in private thought but also to communicate with others. In our private thoughts we should ask our self a question to make sure our thoughts are leading us closer to God “did that thought Glorify God” . There are only two spiritual beings we can get close too. If our thoughts are not pleasing to God then in reality they are pleasing to Satan. Kind of scary to think of it in these terms isn’t it!!!!
If we find our thoughts are out of line the best thing we can do is to speak God’s word over them. For example, you are angry at a co-worker so instead of lashing out you remember Ephesian 4:26-27 “In your anger do not sin. Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.” Has your anger ever given the devil a foothold and once that foothold was established what happened to your thoughts? What happened to your joy?
What if we first decide to determine if the anger is legit or is it a past wound we have carried perhaps even from childhood. We decide to calmly explain why we are angry and leave the other persons response up to them knowing we have done the right thing. Easy, oh no!!!
We never have to work at doing the wrong thing. It comes very natural. Have you ever heard someone say “I had to work hard today at becoming angry ”. Have you heard “I was up all night figuring out ways to lose my temper with my spouse”? Of course not these things are as easy as breathing for most of us.
Although we may be decent people by worldly standards our natural tendency is typically self-serving. Our natural tendency is to be self-centered and selfish making life about us and how we think/feel.
Our natural response is not always pleasant. What we really need is a supernatural response filtered by the Spirit of God.
Romans 12:2 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is– his good, pleasing and perfect will. ( I can promise you Facebook and TV will not renew your mind!!!)
The work comes when we decide to make life about God and to choose to please Him in each moment instead of pleasing our self. So how do we know what to do to please God? How do we know what actions to take? It is all in His word from cover to cover.
Take some time this week to let the Father reveal Himself through His word.
Matthew 22:29 Jesus replied, “You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God. (no word no power)
2 Corinthians 10:4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.
Jeremiah 15:16 When your words came, I ate them; they were my joy and my heart’s delight, for I bear your name, O LORD God Almighty.
Psalm 107:20 He sent forth his word and healed them; he rescued them from the grave.
Psalm 119:11 I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.
2 Corinthians 11:3 But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.
Jeremiah 29:13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.