I’ll be the first to admit, I often fall victim to stinkin’ thinkin’. And while I may have a past that doesn’t include a whole lot of encouraging, building up, life giving words that doesn’t mean that I need to let that stinkin’ thinkin’ from my past shape my present. You see, on May 28, 2000, I started over and left my past behind. I accepted the gift of Jesus sacrifice and, as a result, I became a new creation. (2 Corinthians 5:17) ALL of the promises of God apply to me now, which means all those thoughts of unworthiness, self-doubt, and negativity are now null and void…but that doesn’t always mean that they don’t creep back in sometimes, as I am sure they do with you, too.
I want to encourage you, as Renee Swope did in chapter 6 this past week, to kick those thoughts out of your head and fill yourself instead with God’s truths. “We’re going to get into God’s Word and get God’s Word into us so that as we rely on His life in us, He can shape the way we think, which will change the way we feel and positively transform the way we live” (Renee Swope in A Confident Heart). This requires action on our part, it means setting aside some time daily to read our Bibles. Now, I know we all have busy lives and it is so easy to let the things we do become more important, but stop and think for a moment. God sent his Son to die for you so that you could become a child of His. God caused His love letter to you to be recorded thousands of years before you were born so that you would know how much He loves you. Do you really not have a few minutes a day to acknowledge that and read it? If your loved one wrote a book chronicling his love for you, wouldn’t you read every single word? And God’s book has the power to change your life! How do we not make time for that?
We can’t allow ourselves to be shaped by the lies of the devil anymore. God wants more for us than that! But we have to spend time arming ourselves with the Truth to battle those lies. Renee gives us a few tools with the AM/FM statements (you can print you out a beautiful set to keep with you from yesterday’s blog post here), but that is just a start, a model of what God offers us in His word. Today, I challenge you to set a daily alarm on your phone, schedule a time on your calendar, make time in God’s Word a priority. Find an accountability partner and commit to read God’s love letter to you. I promise it will change your life!
Lord, gives us hearts that earnestly seek You. May every part of us long for a relationship with you. Help us to realize that You are always with us, holding our hands, guiding us. I pray that each of us learn to seek You above anything of this world. May Your word become entwined in our hearts so that the lies of the devil can not cause us to falter. Amen.
Psalm 63:1, Psalm 73:23-24, Matthew 6:33, Psalm 119:11, Ephesians 4:27
Not sure which Bible to read? Proverbs 31 Ministries offers an NIV Real-Life Devotional Bible with daily devotionals from Lysa TerKeurst and the Proverbs 31 Ministry team. Find out more about it here.
It’s your turn. Share your hearts with us in the comments section. Do you need prayer? Want to share your joy? We are honored to both pray and praise with you.