Sunday, November 11, 2007

What was I thinkin'?

Stinkin’ thinkin’ will cause problems if not controlled!


What such timing God has! We’ve heard it said, “God is never early, never late; but right on time!”


No matter what Bible study I’m participating in, God seems to reach me where I’m at and teach me what I need to learn. In Beth Moore’s A Heart Like His, she taught about sin in our lives and how it can affect us. Well I got a test this past week.


We can sin in our thoughts. That really hit me as I had dismissed wrongful thoughts as not being sin as long as I didn’t say or do anything wrong. I wrestled with this revelation. I asked the Lord, “Can I sin in my thought life?” I felt like I got a response of “Let Me show you.”


After studying that segment in the Bible Study (those of you familiar with Beth Moore’s study knows there is much more covered in the material, but this part worked me over), I was tested.


I tried to reach a friend I wanted to talk to on the phone. She didn’t answer. I would run into someone and heard she went to one place or another with someone else. My thoughts started to become frustrated. I tried to call again. No answer. I started rationalizing that she was screening my calls and not answering upon seeing the caller ID. My frustration started to turn to anger. Another two days later, I tried again. Still no answer. Anger started to give way to what I wanted to say when I did reach her. She didn’t even return my calls.


I started praying for the Lord to bless her and to guide her and to guide me. I kept telling myself and the Lord that I wanted to give this situation to Him. I talked to the Lord but I felt like I wasn’t getting any response.


Finally I decided I’d try again after a week. She answered this time. She started explaining the things that were going on in her life before I had the opportunity to share any of my stinkin’ thoughts about the situation. I’m so glad the Lord moved her to speak first. If I had spoken, I would have hurt our relationship. Not only that, as she explained the situation she was dealing with, I realized she was the one who was sent in response to prayers I prayed that I felt the Lord lead me to pray. When I told her I’d been praying about that, her response was, “I knew the Lord put us together.” Whoa! I felt this was deep.


If I were allowed to speak my thoughts, I would have not only messed up a relationship, but the work the Lord is doing through her. I thank the Lord He didn’t let me speak. I repented for my wrongful thoughts. I realize now that a lot of situations I deal with are fabricated in my mind and never truly exist.


The things we do and say start with our thoughts. If our thoughts don’t line up with the Word of God, then we’re to take them captive and make them obedient to Christ.


2 Corinthians 10:4-6

The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. And we will be ready to punish every act of disobedience, once your obedience is complete.


I learned this last week to confess and repent of my sins in the thought stage. Jesus knows our thoughts anyway.


Matthew 9:4 NIV

Knowing their thoughts, Jesus said, "Why do you entertain evil thoughts in your hearts?


Sins confessed in the thought stage will prevent the sin from progressing in the word and deed stages. I am learning and experienced a good lesson.


Lord, I ask for forgiveness of wrongful thoughts. Lord, I pray to take captive these evil thoughts and make them obedient to Christ. Lord, I ask You to lead me in my thoughts. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.

8 gracious comments:

jen said...

I love this post and I love your heart. You are one aswesome Siesta!

marina said...

that is good advise and a good lesson to learn ,one I to need to take to heart and learn to let people talk first and listen before I speake.That was truly Beautiful. These really touch me.love,marina

Ang baylis said...

Every thought captive! Thanks! I need to remember that... AGAIN! I haven't done that study... maybe I should do it when I'm done with the Daniel one! Always a good Word!

Thanks for sharing!
Love,
Angie

p.s. Still praying for you.

darla said...

Princess, thanks for all the prayers you sent up for me...God is really good to give us what we need....and I couldn't agree more about "stinkin thinkin"..:)

Gods Gal said...

Hi Shonda, I'm taggin ya...come on over and play!

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Bev Brandon said...

you have such a humility about you Shonda that brings our good God so much pleasure, I bet...you have childlike humility...you are so teachable...yes, it is about anything where we live with a fist in God's face...and Phil 3:15-18 says we don't even have to figure it all out but if we have any different attitude other than the attitude of Christ, He will show us...Deut. says He shows us what is in our heart that we might see it for He already knows. Sounds like your awesome God is all over you Shonda!

Leah said...

Shonda,

What a great reminder of how we need to take our thoughts captive! Come on over to my blog and visit. You have already started answering my "Questions, questions" post and I know the rest of your answers would be awesome!!

Leah
www.thepoint-leah.blogspot.com

Karen H TX said...

Yes, I too have been there. When my son left for boot camp, I anxiously awaited hearing from him. On Sundays, I always put my phone on vibrate so that if someone does call, it won't disturb anybody. When I got home that day, I didn't turn the ringer back on. My youngest son Joseph heard it vibrating in my purse. By the time we got to it, it went to voice mail. We check the area code and it was the San Antonio area. I knew it had been Brian. I tried calling the number back, but it was busy. Then the girlfriend, Ashlynn called me and said she got to talk to Brian and got his address from him. I was so mad and hurt that she got the call and not me. But thankfully I kept it to myself. She later sent me a text message about how happy she was that she talked with him. That made me even angrier. Still, I said nothing. Then on tuesday, we went to Beth Moore and she talked about our "bad girl" that wants to get out. When the bad girl comes out it is usually due to some perceived threat. My perceived threat with Ashlynn is that she was taking my son from me..I was being replaced. Later I realized that he did call me first, I just didn't get the phone in time. It wasn't her fault or his. If I had unleashed my hurt and anger on her it would have only hurt her as well as my son.Praise God I never let her know how hurt I was. It wasn't her fault, or anybodys fault. But God was teaching me in that situation. I could have ruined or really messed up a good relationship with my future daughter-in-law. Apologies would have been made, but the damage or scars would still be there. Thankfully, no wounds were inflicted. God Bless you Karen