One of my favorite things to do is admire God’s wonders. As I drive into work daily I quickly look to the heavens and stand in awe of God’s beauty. I love the way he commands the sun to rise every morning. The beauty of its rays penetrating through the clouds. The beautiful colors that are so vibrant that you can’t help but just stand amazed at how He puts it all together. In that awe I can’t help to praise him for his wonderful works and am reminded how he created it all. His creation never ceases to amaze me.
As I think about His beauty God begins to speak to my heart, “Sharon there is one wonderful and beautiful creation you never acknowledge and give me praise for”.
Oh man, I thought. LORD, but every morning I acknowledge you in the sun rising, in the sky as it wakes to praise you, in the birds singing as spring tries to creep in (But Mr. Winter won’t let him, Ha had to throw that in there), in the sun shining on even what I may think to be my worse day, even in the cloudiest and rainiest of days. LORD you are ALL GOD in it all!
In HIS sweet and loving voice He says, “Sharon, you never acknowledge and praise me for creating YOU”. Sayyy whaaaaaaaaatttt!!!!
You know the choleric in me could have argued this point with God but as I thought about it,he was absolutely right. He remind me of what David said in Psalm 139:14…
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
I paused and really let this sink in. Is it true, could it be that I don’t praise HIM for me? Hesitant I ask the Holy Spirit to show me evidence of how do this. My desire is to bring Glory to God and in no way offend the works of His hands.
This is what God began showing me about my thoughts. Sharon, how many times do you fill your mind with thoughts like…
- I’m so stupid
- I’m so dumb
- I can’t stand my body
- I’m such a bad daughter
- I’m so boring
- I’m not as smart as she/he is
- I’m not spiritual enough
- I’m not equipped to carry out what you’ve called me to do
- I’m not a fun enough wife or mother for my family
If I go on I will fill this entire blog, but you get the gist of it. My stinkin thinkin’ is taking away from HIS Omnipotence, from HIS Greatness!!!!
We can probably compare it to the way we feed our bodies junk. When we eat junk foods, don’t exercise and never fill our bodies with nutritional food, the effect is going to be weight gain, feeling sluggish and having no energy. Feeding our bodies with just junk is not taking care of God’s temple.
Do you think we can say that this holds true to our thinking as well, to our thought patterns? Let’s just say for a moment that Stinkin Thinkin represents junk food. If the effects to feeding our bodies junk food is low energy and/or weight gain, then what can we say about our minds? Can we say the same?
The bible says in Romans 8:6-7,
6 For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace, 7 because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so .
My mind set on, (how Joyce Meyer best demonstrates it in her Robot) “What about Me” or on thoughts that are not set on the Spirit, as this scripture describes, are thoughts that are hostile towards God. Ouuuuuchhhh!
Your probably thinking (because I know I did) so, what are you saying, that I will never have a negative thought in my life? No, that is not what I’m saying at all, but I will give you a solution. I’ve learned and strongly believe that with everything God shows us about ourselves, he provides a solution because His desire is that we would be more like HIM. The apostle Paul said it best when he said….
We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:5.
When any stinkin thinkin’ tries to creep its way in my mind, my job is to take it captive to the obedience of Christ!! If I have the mind of Christ those examples that I provided are definitely not thoughts that GOD would put in my mind so they have no place in my mind! The solution….. The same way that we would take steps toward living a healthier life style by eating better and exercising, it is so with our minds. We take those negative thoughts captive and like Paul also said in Colossians 3:2, set your mind on things above.
Let’s think about what we are thinking about!!!!