It is all about our thoughts. What we think about is what we focus on. A. W. Tozer wrote a great book called “Pursuit of God” which I highly recommend. I was so taken by his prayers at the end of each chapter that I made them my own. Words like: I long to long for You; I thirst to thirst for You more; I desire to desire You. They are words of passionate pursuit.
I read Zephaniah yesterday. These words captured me. Zephaniah 1:12 says that they were settled in their complacency. There is a note in my Bible that says: complacency is the enemy of spiritual growth.
It reminded me of Moab. Jeremiah 48:11 says, “Moab has been at ease from his youth; he has settled on his dregs, and has not been emptied from vessel to vessel nor has he gone into captivity. Therefore his taste remained in him, and his scent has not changed.” The Lord was using the words from wine that is not emptied from vessel to vessel. Settled wine becomes thick.
Are you settled on your dregs? The Lord uses trials to empty us from vessel to vessel. Each trial creates a new dependency. We are brought to the end of our own strength, and left with no ability to “fix” it. We either turn to a substance, a mindless activity, or we cling tenaciously to the Lord.
Abraham clung to the Lord. He continued to believe the Lord was able to fulfill His promise, even though circumstances dictated the impossibility. I love Romans 4:20 in the Amplified. They are words of clinging. “No unbelief or distrust made him waver (doubtingly question) concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong and was empowered by faith AS he gave praise and glory to God.”
Unbelief, distrust, and wavering are thoughts. Here is the opposite. Rooted, built up in Him, established, steadfast, immoveable, grounded, focused, clinging, and perseverance. You can look up the verses I gathered these words from~Colossians 2:7, 1:23, 1 Corinthians 15:58. We strengthen our faith by rehearsing God’s truths though our thoughts. Faith is believing God’s word, and not allowing circumstances to dictate our thoughts and focus.
Hebrews 12:2: looking unto Jesus. Philippians 3:13: forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward. It is the forgetting that empowers us to reach! It is all though our thoughts.
We enter into a deeper faith and intimate communion with the Lord as we cling to Him through His word. Our circumstances are ever changing. It is essential to maintain our focus on Him. He is Eternal Truth that never changes.
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I read your comments about how our thoughts affect us in our walk with the Lord. I have been traumatized by my thoughts ever since I was a child. Even though I have been a Christian for over 50 years, I still struggle with this. I know what I should do and yet I struggle. I have even wondered if I am mentally ill. It was so encouraging to find your blog, sent by my cousin who is bed ridden at this time. Bless her heart, she is the one bedridden, not me! Not sure what I should write as I have never commented in a blog before. However, I wanted to say thank you for your words of encouragement.
Hi Montana Pearl ~ thank you for your comment. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would like to respond to your comment privately. Yes, our thoughts control our brain which controls our body. We are fearfully and wonderfully made ~ Marilyn