“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, and your ways are not My ways.” This is the Lord’s declaration. Isaiah 55:8
If we can come to an understanding that God’s thoughts are not our thoughts, therefore, not putting ourselves any higher than we need to be, it will bring us to a state of humility. If we were created in His image, you might ask, then why can’t we have His thoughts? We were made in His likeness; He created us. We should have some idea of how He thinks! We do, my friends, we absolutely do. It may not be in the most direct, clearest way, but plenty of His thoughts and what He thinks about us is written in His very Word! He proclaims many declarations and promises, which we got the privilege to be born into. “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” Ex. 14:14 “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.” Is. 40:29 “For I am the Lord Your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, do not fear; I will help you.” Is 41:13 These are just a few examples of God’s thoughtfulness and love towards us. He desires us to strive, do our best in all we do for His glory, and thinks holy and righteous thoughts. When Eve sinned, it caused all mankind to fall short of God’s glory. We became corrupted. We became not just in the world, but of the world. Our whole DNA became disoriented, in a way, including our thoughts. Because *we* allowed the enemy access to taint our perfect, holy, temple (body). Which is why we don’t have the full capability to know God’s thoughts. He is higher, and we are much lower. We should not need to know what He thinks… we only need to know and believe what He’s already said and proclaimed.
So now I’m going to go back and answer to the best of my ability the questions that were proposed in my last blog post. Stay with me! The first question was, “How do we go through so many emotions at one time, and why must we endure through them?” I hope you’ve been able to ponder on this one. I’ll make a confession to say that I feel as though I am still pondering on this one. I feel like the answer is so simple, yet somehow boggles my mind. I believe the simple answer is over-complication, perseverance, and confusion. Out of these three there is only one trait that is of God, and that is perseverance. The over-complication and confusion comes from the enemy. So often do we complicate our thought process more than we need to! But it is not us who makes it complicated. The enemy comes in and twists our thoughts. “They twist my words all day long; all their thoughts against me are evil. They stir up strife, they lurk; they watch my steps while they wait to take my life. Will they escape in spite of such sin? God, bring down the nations in wrath” Ps. 56:5-7 So of course we know that God would not twist our thoughts. It’s the adversary, himself. After he complicates them, he portrays to our knowledge in such a deceitful way for us to believe what he’s shown as “true”, which then brings confusion to the table. We become confused, but somehow “comfortable” with those deceived thoughts, bringing us to a future state of depression, anxiety, loss, etc., because we allowed him to confuse and complicate our thought pattern, locking us in this “processing cage” where we can’t even escape from our own mind. We become stuck, unaware of what’s outside that “cage”. Does this make sense? I have literally talked to people who have been stuck in the same emotional place for years because they have unintentionally let the enemy consume their thoughts. A lot of times people just don’t know how to free themselves, or be released from the enemy’s hold on their mind. Which, in turn, this is where perseverance comes to take place. If we recognize the thoughts of the enemy, God will help us persevere through them to bring us to a place where we are supposed to be. I feel like we don’t realize truly how much power we give to the enemy when we let him consume our thoughts. It could be even the smallest thing like waking up in the morning, looking in the mirror and saying, “Why do I have to look like this? My skin is disgusting, and I hate having to look at it everyday. It’s embarrassing”. Do you know that you are basically telling God that you were not made good enough, and that you should have been made better? These are the kind of thoughts that get to us, guys, and it is very easy to give in to those thoughts without realizing it. It therefore allows more negativity to consume your mind, which then eventually brings you to a place of complacency, which can be a dangerous thing in the spiritual realm.
I feel like more often than not we are unaware just how vulnerable we are in the area where our mind and thoughts are concerned. If HaSatan is going to go after anything, in my experience and observation, he will go after your mind! Once he can get control of our mind and thoughts, it will be easy for him to grab our will and emotions also. It is so very important to learn how to guard your mind, my friends. Continue with me on this journey of learning how our thoughts are not our thoughts, how to resist those thoughts of the enemy, and how to guard your mind. I did not get to everything I wanted to write about in this post, but I feel that it was necessary to relay this information. I would keep writing, but I have to get ready to start the work day. 😉 Stay with me as we embark on this journey of our thoughts and mind. Please feel free to comment your thoughts and opinions. Have a blessed day!