This is my first ever blog. I am writing early in the morning and the Holy Spirit has directed me to encourage my readers with this simple directive: “Close the door of your past that conjures up destructive patterns and never revisit them again.” With God’s help we can turn a negative spin in our minds into a positive cycle of productivity.
David asked the question in Psalms 13.2, “How long must I wrestle with my thoughts?” One of the saddest narratives of my generation is played out in the family of a famous wrestler named Fritz Von Erich. As a young boy, my dad would play wrestle with me while digging his hand into my stomach yelling like a TV announcer gone berserk, “The Claw.” This was the moniker of Fritz Von Erich. Mr. Von Erich had 6 sons, all who followed their dad’s footsteps into the wrestling arena. He outlived all but one son. But, the other 5 died horrific deaths. Three of them committed suicide. They won many wrestling matches with mighty men, but lost, unfortunately, wrestling with their thought lives.
Productivity and positive outcomes will always demand a proactive posturing as opposed to a passive profile. Be resolved in this understanding that life is always a battle and we must aggressively fight to ALWAYS win, take no prisoners, and win the war. We CAN defeat the devil’s destructive devices, but it requires a daily routine of uprooting his plans. If allowed, the scrimpy imp will brazenly walk through the door of our thought processes. Why would we want to go swimming with a poisonous snake rather than take a hoe to his head? Consider the following scriptures as medicine to your soul and apply daily:
“Therefore gird up the loins of your MIND, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your IGNORANCE; but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct.” – I Peter 1:13-16
Your mind should be your best friend, not your enemy. The patterns of your thoughts are at the controls of your destiny. The spirit man must be in control of the natural man. “For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man’s spirit within him?” – I Corinthians 2:11. The determinate of whether you have a mind bent towards carnality or one that savors Spirituality is the spirit man within. He must never lose the position of authority in the mind.
Let’s address one avenue God will use to shine a light in the dark crevasses of our mind. It is through our dreams. If you are having nightmares, ask the Lord to give you the reason why and the interpretation needed to understand their meaning. Very often, unpleasant dreams represent a spiritual struggle. I have found that these unpleasant disruptions in our subconscious can actually hold significant revelation to help in our heavenly journey. They happen infrequently for me but when they do, I immediately pursue their implication. Through a loving God’s wisdom and knowledge He reveals what I need to know. Then a sense of elation erupts as I’m led to understand His saving grace towards me by liberating my dreams from Dingle berry’s devises and destructive plans. Actually, there are unforgettable lessons etched in our hearts when light is seen on a predisposed darkness. Consider it fun to be victorious. This may be a real good time for you to laugh at the devil…out loud.
The ancient philosopher Aristotle said, “Nature abhors a vacuum.” No two entities can occupy the same space at the same time. You can always replace the lie of the enemy with a Word of Truth. Remember the following 6 truths about every unclean thought:
1. It is a LIE…Believe only in the TRUTH based on God’s Word
2. It is insignificant in the scope of our TRUE feelings
3. It is rooted in ignorance; Enlightenment destroys the roots
4. It is given significance only by what we allow
5. It dies as we live in the Spirit and have the mind of Christ
6. It has NO ability to hurt us; how we react or respond is important
Ok, let’s wrap up my FIRST blog. I hope you are blessed and, perhaps, introspective in your spirit about your thought life and your ability to control the mind. “Close the door of your past that conjures up destructive patterns and never revisit them again.” Hopefully, you will catch or get the play on words in the last refrain of the following rap I wrote a few years back:
When the enemy comes in
With a Lion’s roar
And pours in garbage
Through the mind’s door
I take those thoughts
That could drive you insane
And in Jesus name
I say to my brain