We are what we behold and what we think. Our thoughts dictate the words we speak. Our life thrives or plummets according to the beliefs in our heart.
I finished Darlene’s biography. Four years of a prison camp’s rigors left a tremendous toll on her health. She lost 23 pounds from food deprivation and hard labor. Yet, she had an inner strength that caused her to spiritually thrive.
Yesterday the Lord took what I had read and applied it to our thoughts. Our negative thoughts torture our spirit. We imprison our spirit through our dominant flesh, and deprive it of spiritual food when we don’t read God’s word. We torture our spirit unmercifully when we dwell on the negative.
Proverbs 17:22 says, “A merry heart does good, like medicine, but a broken spirit dries up the bones.” Proverbs 15:13 says, “A merry heart makes a cheerful countenance, but by sorrow of heart the spirit is broken.”
Depression is often the fruit of a broken spirit. It is startling to understand the power of our thoughts. They can bring us down or cause us to rise up.
We are called to endure. The Lord strengthens us with His mighty power so we can endure. He is our example. Luke 22:39-46 is the narrative. Verse 42 says, “…Father, if it is Your will, take this cup from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.” Verse 43 says that the angel came and strengthened Him.
When satan tempted Jesus in the wilderness, after he departed Luke 4:14 says, “Then Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit…”
Our Strengthener is the Holy Spirit who dwells in us. He is present in all our trials and temptations. He brings up His word that is hidden in our heart in the moment of our need. The same power that raised Jesus from the dead dwells in us.
Ephesians 1:19 Amplified says, “And (so that you can know and understand) what is the immeasurable and unlimited and surpassing greatness of His power in and for us who believe, as demonstrated in the working of His mighty strength.”