Monday, June 10, 2013

Toxic Thoughts

This week at church Pastor Tom shared a message that once again spoke very directly to my heart. I’ve gotten such a sense that God is working on things in me and He keeps reminding me in various ways. This week’s message was titled “Toxic Thoughts”. I want to share my notes with you…not only so that they might speak to your heart as well but also so I reinforce the words to my own heart and mind.

Toxic: Anything containing poisonous material that is capable of causing sickness or death.

~We must identify and reject toxic thoughts! Thoughts that are inconsistent with God’s truth. Thoughts like: “I’m not good enough.” “I’ll never accomplish my goals.” “They will never like me.” “I hate how I look.” “I will never succeed.” They are all lies!

~ Proverbs 4:23 (NLT) “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.” If we think we can’t, we won’t. If we think we can, we will.

~2 Corinthians 10:4-5 (NIV) “The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 5 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.”

~When we are young we are full of hope and endless optimism. As we grow people begin to introduce toxic thoughts to our mind and make us feel like we aren’t good enough. Situations or bad relationships leave us scarred and hurting. Soon we are carrying so much baggage that we struggle to just stand let alone move. This is when we need to give it all to God. Freedom comes when we drop the baggage, leave it with Christ and let it go!

~I have the power of Christ living in me! The power that raised Him from the dead!

~Guarding our thoughts is a choice we have to make. Yes, we make bad decisions and sometimes we live for years with the consequences of those bad decisions. That doesn’t mean that we aren’t forgiven for those things. We cannot let ourselves get defeated!

~Are you a hummingbird who seeks out sweet things or a vulture who seeks out death and decay? If we continue to dwell on things that bring us down we will always be lead to depressions, death, decay. We must seek out sweet things! When you are wounded in spirit, worship! Surround your body and mind in the sweet spirit of God!

~Philippians 4:7-9 (NLT) 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.8 And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. 9 Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.

~Reject the negative thoughts…they are lies!

~You have EVERYTHING you need to do EVERYTHING that God has designed you to do! (I love this and I want to remind myself of this daily. I in myself cannot accomplish what He has for me but through Him I can!)

~Believe it….BE it!

~I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me!

So, if you feel the negative, toxic thoughts creeping into your mind remember that YOU have the power over them. You can guard your mind and your thoughts and get rid of the ‘stinking thinking’!