Brainwashing Day 6

My Mom’s family were from Kansas, Oklahoma and Nebraska.  They knew tornadoes and storms and they knew them well.

I remember them talking about tornadoes coming and the suction causing the floors to be lifted up and waving, like waves as they rushed to get into the fruit cellar. They talked about the lightning hitting their houses and people in the neighborhood being electrocuted. Man! Did they have an arsenal of horror stories about storms.

Because of this, my Great Grandmother was terrified of storms.  At the first sight or sound of a storm, depending on what color the clouds were, Grandma had one of two responses. 

Either she would grab four pint jars and set her wooden (HAD to be wooden, she was NEVER willing to get a metal kitchen set) kitchen chair legs into each jar and sit on the chair with her feet tucked up under her on the lower rungs OR she would gather kith and kin and shove us all into the fruit cellar.

Her kids were so familiar with the fruit cellar that they kept paper and ink and “toys” down there, to occupy their time.  In the summer, because of the number of pop up storms, it became less disruptive to them to just sleep down there.

Why did my Grandma respond that way to storms?  Because of what she believed about them.  Was she right?  Could storms out there on the Kansas plains be dangerous? DUH.  🙂  But, as a Believer, was her response right?  No.

We are faced, EVERY DAY, with “storm situations” in our own lives.  Every day there are things that we respond to, based on wrong beliefs.  Wrong beliefs will always result in wrong responses.

I believe, with every fiber of my being, that we are going to see some pretty ugly storms in our culture.  Without the right beliefs, we’re going to be found sitting in the kitchen, with our chair legs in pint jars, hugging our knees to our chest to keep our feet off the floor.

That is the purpose of Brainwashing, to wash away our wrong beliefs.  That means we need to start practicing washing those wrong thoughts away.

This week, we’re going to be working on thinking – and not thinking.  One of the lies that we have believed, especially if we’ve been in the Church for very long, is that we can’t control those thoughts that pop into our head.  We’ve been told that the enemy can control our thoughts.

That is unequivocally not true.  The enemy would love you to believe that it is.  The enemy would love to convince you to give him that kind of authority over your thoughts, but he doesn’t have it and he can’t have it, unless you give it to him.

How do I know this?  Because Scripture says so.  2 Corinthians 10:4-5, to be specific.   🙂

“…for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses.  We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.”

Jesus demonstrates this when He is talking to Peter and Peter is trying to convince Him that He doesn’t need to suffer and die on the Cross.  We know that His doing so is the express will of the Father…we know that it is the express will of the Father, for OUR SAKE!!  But, because the enemy, through Peter, was attempting to change the way Jesus thought, and therefore change His response, Jesus needed to take that thought captive, into obedience.

Today I would like you to read through what you believe about God the Father and Jesus our Lord and Savior.  Ask the Holy Spirit to make you aware of thoughts that are contrary to what you say you believe.

I will not lie to you, I think that this is THE hardest thing to do.  There are hundreds of thoughts that go whisking through my mind in a day.  I found when I first started to take these thoughts into captivity, that it was an ALL DAY, ALL OUT project!  At every turn, I found myself thinking things that were in opposition to what I said I believed.

Let me give you a quick example.  Let’s say that you said you believed that Jesus forgave all your sins.  Then, let’s say you scream at the kids and throw something at the dog.  I think we can agree that was sin.  🙂  Therefore, we can agree that it would qualify for forgiveness.  😛

Let’s say you sneak into the bathroom, confess your sin and come back out and ask the forgiveness of your children.  Then, let’s say later this afternoon, while you’re folding clothes, you hear the kids speaking to one another in the same harsh, loud voice you used earlier.

IF you allow yourself to beat yourself up mentally for what you did earlier, IF you allow yourself to think of what a lousy mom you are, IF you allow yourself to think of how Dawn never does that (ROFL!! okay, so any other comparison that would be more realistic), IF you allow yourself to think about what a worm you are that you just haven’t dealt with this sin then YOU ARE NOT BELIEVING TRUTH AND THAT THOUGHT MUST BE TAKEN CAPTIVE!!!

What is Truth in that situation?  The Truth is, if you confess your sin, Father is faithful and just to forgive it.  Then what?  Scripture says that He puts your sin as far from Him as the east is from the west.  Jesus died so that that sin may be covered in His Blood and released.  If you’re not doing the same thing, then you’re not responding in Truth.

This is not to say that we treat sin lightly and simply toss out meaningless apologies and carry on sinning.  May it never be!  But, where sin abounds, there grace abounds more.  When those thoughts that you’ve blown it and that you’re a worm and that you’re anything less than the Righteousness of Christ pays a call to your mind – THROW IT OUT!!!!!

Think of it like this – you are the temple of the Most High God.  The Lord God Almighty dwells in you.  You are in charge of what you let in to “bother” the King.  Would you let a thought that is in direct opposition to the Word of God enter His “office space”?  I think not.  Then be the Bouncer and capture it and throw it out.

Did I mention that this is hard work?  Okay, good.  Then you won’t be surprised that if you really attack those little thoughts that desire to keep you in bondage to lies, you will go to bed tonight exhausted.  🙂  It’s hard, hard work to keep bouncing those thoughts, if you’ve not been actively doing it in the past.

Start today – and let’s talk some more tomorrow.

Be blessed!  For you ARE the righteousness of Christ, made holy by His precious Blood, sharing His Name, beloved of the Father.  It’s true.  🙂

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