“Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” Colossians 3:2
I don’t know about you, but my brain can go from 0 to 60 on a thought process and before I know it, I’m thrown into a panic attack that is crazy! Let me give you an example. Many months ago I cracked a tooth. Now this cracked tooth went for a long time with no pain or discomfort so I kind of figured it was no big deal (of course, the fact that I dislike going to the dentist aided in my ability to ignore this tooth.) One night I got a screamin’ earache and toothache and from the time the ache began till about 10 minutes later, I had moved from “oh it’s nothing” to “I’m going to get a brain infection from this dumb tooth and die!” My heart was racing, my face was flushed and I was in full panic mode all because I let my thoughts go crazy. Have you ever done something like that?
I’m convinced our thoughts are one of the primary ways the enemy attacks us. He gets in our head and drops these little bombs of unhappiness, discontent, fear and we help him by entertaining the thought instead of thinking up, to heaven. If my brain is set on earthly things, I never leave the house. My panic and fear gets all consuming and I know there is destruction around every single corner and I forget that there is Someone so much bigger on my side. On the flip side, I am convinced that our thoughts are the primary way we stay close to God. When I wake up singing a song of praise in my head, that leads me to prayer and thanksgiving. When I face a challenge and immediately think of a verse or even the paraphrase of a verse, my thoughts are pointed up and my spirit soars!
If you are reading this and thinking, “Kellyann, you don’t know the script in my head, it’s just too hard to think my way out of it!” I would agree with you. YOU can’t do it on YOUR strength, but you can change your thought habits and patterns with God’s strength! The second half of 2 Corinthians 10:5 say, “we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” When you feel your thoughts causing you to look at this world instead of looking to heaven, take them captive. Stop them in their tracks right there and pray, “God, stop these thoughts in me head”, and then replace them with a praise. This is cumbersome at first but over time it becomes an instant response.
We all, especially women, have chapters and chapters of earthly thoughts in our head that are negative and destructive. It’s time we rewrite those into words of beauty and love and set our thoughts on heaven where we get to spend an eternity with our Heavenly Father and loving Redeemer. Set your mind on heaven, speak out loud, “God loves me and His love is bigger than my negative thoughts.” Set your mind on heaven, write down bible verses to carry with you to read when you feel your thoughts slipping to this world. Set your mind on heaven, draw near to the God who is bigger than every negative thought you’ve ever had all rolled together. Set your mind on heaven.
My prayer for you is that you live in God’s love, grace, peace and mercy. If you would like a prayer partner, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Think up!