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Encouragement for Today - July 31, 2008

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July 31, 2008

My Thoughts vs. God's Word

By Melissa Taylor

 

"The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy.  I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly."  John 10:10 (NKJV)

         

Devotion:

Do you ever question if you are good enough?  I do – I have all my life. Do you dwell more on what's wrong with you than what's right with you?  I do that a lot too.

 

However, one day I realized I was only surveying myself to get those answers.  Well, myself with a little help from my enemy, Satan. For a long time I didn't even recognize him for who he was.  My negative thoughts and deceitful suggestions just sounded like my own voice. 

 

The Bible opens with the warning of a serpent slithering into the lives of Adam and Eve, filling their heads with lies that separated them from God.  They chose to believe the lies. Jesus, too, was tempted by this liar. He was ready though.  He knew the Word of God and that was the only weapon He needed to defeat the evil one.

 

I know I’m not Jesus, but I can strive to be like Him.  I find great comfort in knowing He is with me every step of the way.  I can also find great comfort knowing I have the same weapon that He had.  I have God's Word available to me in the Bible.

 

When I compared my negative thoughts to God's Word, I was amazed at the differences:

 

 My thoughts tell me to give up.
God's Word tells me to be committed. Matthew 5:33-37


My thoughts tell me “I need it now!”
God's Word tells me to exercise self-control. Galatians 5:23

My thoughts tell me I deserve to come first, be selfish.
God's Word tells me to have humility and put others first. Philippians 2:3-4

My thoughts tell to get mad and hold a grudge.
God's Word says forgive as many times as it takes. Matthew 18:21-22

My thoughts tell me to seek revenge.
God's Word tells me to be a peacemaker. Romans 12:18-19

My thoughts tell me take all the credit.
God's Word tells me to glorify Jesus Christ. John 17:5

 

My thoughts tell me I need to look good on the outside and no one will notice the ugly inside.
God's Word tells me to be pure on the inside and the outside won't even matter. Proverbs 31:30

 

My thoughts tell me I'm ugly. God's Word tells me I'm wonderfully made. Psalm 139:14

 

My thoughts tell me I'm all alone and no one understands me. God's Word tells me He will never leave me He knows the plans He has for me. Deuteronomy 31:6, Jeremiah 29:11

 

My thoughts tell me that I'm just not good enough. God's Word tells me that I'm His gift to the world and that I was created in His image. Psalm 127:3, Genesis 1:26

 

I learned the lies must be replaced with Words that are true.  That way, when Satan’s lies slither back into my head, I'm ready and I can defeat the enemy.

I admit this has been a challenge for me.  I'm so thankful that: I have friends in place who know I struggle with this to remind me of my true identity; I was brave enough to seek counseling when I needed help; I learned that anxiety and depression were not always my fault and I was open to receive medical attention from a professional in this area; my family, especially my husband, who stood beside me even when I was miserable to be around; each time I felt like quitting or giving up, I never did.

I don't want to waste time that God has given me to live with negative thoughts about myself and lies that aren't true.  That only keeps me from Him and keeps me from the work He has purposed me for. Evaluate your thoughts. Condemning thoughts are not from God. Renew your mind with the Word of God. Do not allow the enemy to separate you from the love of God and the life that was meant for you.

Dear Lord,  Fill me with Your Word so that I can live in freedom.  In Jesus' Name, Amen.

Related Resources:

Do You Know Him?

 

Becoming a Woman Who Listens to God by Sharon Jaynes

 

Hope in the Midst of Depression: How to Embrace Life Again by Mary Southerland

 

Visit Melissa’s blog: I Am Beautiful

 

Application Steps: 

Read the verses in this devotion and write down what God's Word says. 

 

Reflections: 

Are your thoughts reflective of who you really are?

 

Do you look at yourself the way God looks at you?

 

Power Verses:

Philippians 4:8, "Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things."  (NIV)

 

Romans 8:1, "Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus."  (NIV)

 

 

 

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