Have you ever had a red light come on your car dash? What did you do? In my case, decades ago, I kept going and burned up my motor. I was on a causeway that said, ‘Do Not Stop At Any Time.’ I obeyed.
Consider negative thoughts as the red light on your dash. Let them be a warning to stop the thought right there. It is when we dialogue with it, that it brings inner damage.
When I repurpose something, I find another use for it. We repurpose negative thoughts in this way. They are a signal, a warning, and a spoiler alert that we need to instantly heed.
Isaiah 54:16 says, “…I have created the spoiler to destroy.” Hmm. Let’s consider truth as the spoiler in our case. The second we have a negative thought, we use the truth of God’s word to destroy it.
God’s word is sharper than a two-edged sword. William Brewster was the instigator of the Mayflower expedition. He was hated. One day Brewster was walking into his cottage. An excellent swordsman was hiding inside. As Brewster came in the door, this man jumped out with his sword to kill Brewster.
Brewster whipped out his sword and the battle began. Brewster eventually knocked the other’s sword out of his hand and stabbed him in the stomach and slid the sword up. The man only had time for a surprised look on his face and then he died and fell over.
That is the power of God’s word hidden in our heart. The second a negative thought arises, we wield our mighty weapon. We use a truth from His word to slit the life right out of it. It is a militant maneuver that destroys the spoiler-thought.
Nahum 2:1 says, “He who scatters has come up before your face. Man the fort! Watch the road! Strengthen your flanks! Fortify your power mightily.” This verse is our strategic wisdom for hiding God’s word in our heart. Let us be diligent warriors!