Messing with my thoughts and emotions is never cool. I have seen far too many people buy into lies simply because they didn’t identify and refute them. I can easily say that I have fallen under that category far more frequently than I’d like, so today I am going to stare straight at the fears, doubts, depressing/hindering/deceptive/dark thoughts that hover at the edges of my mind and occasionally rear ugly heads.
Blatant ones I can name:
1) There is no one for you. Psalm 139, MANY scriptures come to mind.
2) What everyone tells you is true. Isaiah 2:22 “Stop trusting in man, who has but a breath in his nostrils. Of what account is he?”
3) Don’t waste your time loving those who don’t love you. All those small actions mean nothing. Matthew 5:43-48
The ones I’ve gotten from the world lately:
4) Hold on to hurt. You have a right to do so. This includes bad-mouthing those who have hurt you. Ephesians 4:31-32
5)If you have a problem with someone, no matter how small, you should bring it up. Ephesians 4:29, Colossians 3:12-14
6)Whatever pleases/works for you, do it.
“1If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. 3Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. 4Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.”
Then there’s the usual lie: Pride? what pride? I’m as humble as they come! I’m not wrong, I’m perfect! The tricky thing is, sometimes I don’t even see this one. Jeremiah 17:9
Even when I feel like I’ve come so far, it’s easy to fall into old habits. All it takes is one poorly executed phrase and I shut down. I will admit I need gentleness when it comes to correction. I swing from feeling like I’m doing all right, to feeling hopeless in every endeavor. If it’s someone I trust, I especially take it straight to heart no matter what it is. My emotions change, but God doesn’t. He is the constant, the calm, stabilizing presence that can stop my frenetic mind in an instant. I need that. I recognize that He is what I can’t live without, and I am so thankful for His Word, and for my brothers and sisters who show me His love through their actions and words and corrections.