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I'LL TAKE IT GOD SIZE: NOT TODAY, DEVIL
What are some crazy thoughts you’ve had, knowing full well they’re not truth, but still find it hard to demolish?
What are some good thoughts in your life you can choose to focus on?
What is your greatest fear? Maybe it’s where God wants to take you.
How many of us can be honest and say we’ve had some downright crazy thoughts before? How many of those crazy thoughts do we let have authority over us? More often than not, we let our own thoughts become the focus of our lives. In Philippians 4:8, Paul tells us to think about “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.” We have a multitude of good things to think about, yet we always seem to be wanting what we can’t, or shouldn’t have. Just like in the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve had unlimited fruit from every tree, except one, but what was the one tree they wanted, and went for? The one they couldn't have.
What are you thinking about? Where is your focus today? Are you focusing on all that is wrong in your life and what you have to be afraid of, or are you focusing on the God of your life and
having faith in Him? Fear and faith may be opposites, but they both are the by-products of our focus. We’re always asking God to improve our faith, but maybe God is waiting for us to improve our focus! We cannot live a courageous life if we don’t have a concentrated mind. Through everything we may be walking through or bound in, the answer is simple - keep your eyes on Jesus!
2 Corinthians 10:5 says, “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” Arguments are anything that contradicts what God says; God’s word tells us to demolish those arguments. We have to take every thought captive and make it submit to Jesus. We don’t serve a small God, and the weapons He gives us aren’t puny; they’re mighty, and they have the power to pull down strongholds. If we start to change our way of thinking, our behavior starts to change. You can see two people going through the same circumstance where one is depressed and full of fear, while the other is full of faith and confidence. It’s not the circumstance that is the problem, it’s the way of thinking. Fact and truth are two different things; fact is what it may look like in the natural, but truth is what God says!
Start focusing on truth instead of fact. Start interrogating your thoughts. Ask them, “Where did you come from?” and “Where are you going?” Ask yourself, “Why am I so afraid of what I’m fearing?” Once you start asking those questions and realize those thoughts don’t belong, you’ll find it easier to demolish them. Sometimes you’ll find that your greatest fear is where God wants to take you!