I am so excited to feature one of my sisters today on Beyoutifully Blessed. She has taught me so much about the power of my thoughts and holding them captive. I am excited for her to share some of her wisdom with you! Without further ado, here is Nicole!
“We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ….” (2 Corinthians 10:5)
When I first heard, and really took in, this Bible verse I saw it as an impossible task. How are you supposed to control every thought that comes into your head? What if you were tired or had a headache? I knew my thoughts were not godly at those times. So I wrote it off until someone presented it to me in a different way and God affirmed it in my life.
This past year I have done a ton of work on myself. I have grown in areas as diverse, yet connected, as losing weight, learning to stick up for myself and becoming my own best friend. But the thing that has made the biggest impact on my life was weighing my thoughts.
Every part of your life is a result of your mind. It’s what makes us who we are and shapes us on a minute-by-minute basis. While you may not be able to control every thought you have, you can control whether you accept or reject the thoughts in your head. I think that is what this verse is saying.
When I was going through this process someone said, “not everything your mind says is true.” I was shocked at first and a little offended. How dare my mind to lie to me! But I soon realized how true it was by I testing it out.
On my morning runs, around mile two, I often start thinking that quitting is an excellent idea. So instead of struggling through, I would start saying affirmations in my head. With the rhythm of my legs, I would tell myself things like, “You are strong,” “You are fast,” “You can go farther.” And it worked. The more creative and specific I got with my affirmations, the easier running seemed to get.
So I applied it to all of my life. If I would mess something up at work or say something that wasn’t very clever in a large group of people, I would hear the insults my mind (the Devil) would whisper to me. Instead of wallowing, I listened, decided whether to accept or reject what was being said, then replaced that statement with one that was based on God’s Word. It went something like this:
“You’re so ugly.” No, I reject that. I am fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14).
“No one wants to be around you because you are awkward.” No, I don’t accept that. I only need to approval of God (Galatians 1:10).
“You are a failure.” No, I am a child of God. God loves me and I am made perfect through Him (Galatians 2:20).
Even if I didn’t know a Bible verse off the top of my head (this happens often), I would think about God’s love for me and accept/reject the statement based off of that. These kinds of conversations changed from meek statements to proclamations of faith. I was fighting the Devil in my own thoughts with God’s Words. I began standing with authority and it changed me.
So I challenge you now: discern. As girls, we definitely know how to beat ourselves up in our own heads. But I’m telling you now: you don’t have to. Your mind is powerful and it shapes your world, so stand on your authority, you loved child of God. Speak the purest truth into your thoughts and watch your life transform.
What a great challenge! Make sure to share your thoughts below. I love sharing wisdom from many different women of God! If you would like more guest posts please let me know. Never forget, you are so beautiful and loved!