Between my church talking about it, reading the book of Job, my devotional about anxiety, and reading Fearless by Sadie Robertson, I can definitely say I have learned a lot about thoughts in the past few weeks.
The weird thing is that even though all the content is from very different people, they all have the same bottom line; control and feed your thoughts the goodness of God. I find it funny, considering that’s what we’re all the worst at. We see or hear one bad thing and we build onto it just like that without knowing any facts. The second that this happens, we forget to remind our thoughts that God is good no matter what we face in life. We can all relate to the fact that our thoughts can feel pretty uncontrollable at times, so to hear that we have to control them to move on from them is a little overwhelming. Actually, it’s a lot overwhelming. Our minds feel as if they are triggered to think the worst and most of the time, we let it; it’s not that we want to think these thoughts, we just do.
Today I wanted to share with you what I’ve learned about how to control your thoughts and how to feed them God’s goodness. God’s goodness involves His mighty truth. (Learning God’s character can make that task a little easier; you can read more about it here.) Feeding your thoughts with God’s goodness means that you are deciding to fill your mind with God’s truth about the thoughts you’re having. For example: if you’re having fearful thoughts about how well someone loves you or how you love them, you feed those thoughts things like 1 Corinthians 13:4-7. “Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” If you’re having unbearable thoughts, you feed them things like Psalm 30:2 and Matthew 11:28-30. Take your thoughts captive and force God’s goodness down their throats if you have to. This life gives us a lot of thoughts to process, but it’s our job, with God by our side, to provoke our untrue thoughts with God’s goodness and truth.
2 Timothy 1:7 strengthens us with the understanding of how God has given us the power to tell whether a thought belongs in our mind or not. “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of a sound mind.” If a thought causes you not to have a sound mind, then it’s going against what God wants for your mind. We’re going to have thoughts that make us want to crumble, but with God, we don’t have to crumble. We don’t have to break. God strengthens us in miraculous ways and we should hold onto that mentality. The mentality of strength. If God says you’re strong, then how much more hidden strength do you have that you just haven’t released upon your thoughts yet? Your thoughts should bow down to God’s truth. If we rebuke these thoughts, the world is giving us, in Jesus’s name, they have to flee, because they aren’t from God. I’m not saying that the unsettling thoughts won’t come back, I’m saying that with God, we can fight back.