As you probably already know I have been reading an amazing book called Warrior Chicks (by Holly Wagner) lately. I am even doing an online book study with so many cool chicks from all over the place (YEAH!). Anyways, I was reading the chapter called “Get Dressed” and in it check out what she says about your mind.
“You and I are to put on the helmet of salvation. This helmet is designed to guard our minds. In the midst of battle, our mind must be protected. Most battles truly begin and end in the mind. The mind is the source for every action we take, every decision we make and every thought that we allow to linger. Every behavior we exhibit begins in our mind.”
I absolutely LOVE the Wizard of Oz movie and I didn’t realize how many great stories were actually “in” the stories of the movie. (did that make sense?) I know it has been a little bit since we talked about the The Cowardly Lion and the Courage within him. Or when we talked about the Tim Man and the heart of gold he had deep inside him all the time…but, right now, I really want to take a minute and talk about guarding your mind and your thoughts.
Philippians 4:8 (New International Version) 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.
I love that verse…I affectionately call it the “whatever!” verse! It’s postive, it’s right, it’s just what I need to correct my thinking when it veers off into the land of “negativity”. (Can I get a witness on that one?) I mean, seriously…do any of you tend to veer off in your thoughts?
Why did she say it like that?
What did she really mean?
Why didn’t she talk to me when I saw her today?
He must be mad at me, he didn’t greet me with a smile?
I mean, come on…thoughts like this almost always lead us to a place where it is hard to come back from. I want to fil lmy mind with positive and uplifting thoughts so that the evil one doesn’t have a chance to take over my thought life.
Colossians 3:2 (New International Version)
2Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.
Ladies…it is a daily challenge, but it is one that we can try to do better on! Come on, you know you can! What if we all tried a little harder, what if we all fixed our thoughts on things above instead of the “junk” that goes on here on Earth?
I love this verse in Isaiah…Isaiah 55:8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD.
Isn’t that so true! I know that I do not always understand everything that happens in my life and I probably never will on this side of eternity, but I know the Great I AM and I know that HE knows…and for me, that is good!
Ephesians 4:18 – Instead, there must be a spiritual renewal of your thoughts and attitudes.