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Organizing ther Inside – Day 99 The Voice in My Head

He who gets wisdom loves his own soul; He who keeps understanding will find good.  ~Proverbs 19:8

We all have a voice in our head.
Now that doesn’t make you wacky it makes you pretty normal. I call it self-talk (don’t try to pretend you don’t occasionally have a word with yourself). What does that voice actually talk to you about? Does that inner voice compete with the voice of the Holy Spirit?  If your inner voice is telling you things like: “Okay, now that was so stupid; I can’t believe you are that dumb.” Or “Go ahead and give her a piece of your mind, and get it off your chest,” then that’s a problem.

You may need to have a sit down with your inner voice.
If what you say in your head is usually negative and self degrading you probably have a self-esteem problem.  First of all you must deal with “self” you shouldn’t have high self-esteem or low-self esteem you really should have no self-esteem.  Jesus is the author and finisher of your faith and if you saw yourself through the eyes of the Word of God you would be right where you should be. God doesn’t want you to think more highly of yourself than you ought; neither does He want you to think of yourself as less than the conqueror you are. So agree to be Christ-esteemed, and dismiss the world’s view on how you should see and feel about yourself.  Stop the negative voices by listening to who God says you are. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Philippians 2:5

Your worth is far above rubies. Proverbs 31:10
You are precious in the sight of God and He went to great measures to free your mind. The chastisement of your peace was upon Jesus when He hung on the cross. Isaiah 53:5 It would not please the Lord to have Jesus pay the price for your redemption, and then somehow have you suffer for it all over again. You don’t have to put up with an inner voice that is speaking lies to you.  Remember the author of those lies is Satan himself, look at what John 8:44 says about him, “…not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.”  You must immediately reject anything that goes against the expressed Word of God.

The next time you hear that voice in your head.
Whether it’s self doubt talking or the enemy talking “smack” and foolishness, if it doesn’t line up with the Word of God and what God says about you, REPLACE it with the truth. Tell yourself that you have been redeemed. Let your inner voice hear you saying that you have been given the power to be a daughter of God and God doesn’t have any stupid daughters. If you resist the devil he will flee James 4:7 and he’ll take his foolish talk with him. I want you to remember one thing; if you draw near to God and He’ll draw near to you James 4:8 and soon the voice in your head will be the same as the voice  in your heart, the voice of truth.

Organizing the Inside – Day 94 Such Knowledge is Too Wonderful for Me

4Who but God goes up to heaven and comes back down? Who holds the wind in his fists? Who wraps up the oceans in his cloak? Who has created the whole wide world? What is his name–and his son’s name? 5Tell me if you know! Every word of God is tested; He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him. 6Do not add to His words or He will reprove you, and you will be proved a liar.
~Proverbs 30:4-6

Someone recently suggested Christians needed to stop considering the Word of God like it is the fourth person of a three person trinity. I don’t see it like that; I view the Word of God to be the same as God. The Word is Jesus and Jesus is one with the Word and He is the same as the Word. John 1:14 Who is the wisdom in Proverbs?  It certainly is not Solomon, although he was wise, Solomon’s wisdom wasn’t omniscient.

When I consider the truth and the attributes and the certainty of the Word of God I cannot separate one from the other.  When I think about the character of God, I think about the Word of God. How do you recognize the awesome power of God without noting that same power in His Word? John 1:1, 2 tell us that in the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

When I am close to the Word, I am close to God.
When I obey His Word, I obey Him.
When I understand His Word, I understand Him.

Certainly I can’t fully wrap my mind around this truth. I just know that it is true; that God is one with His Word. These matters are too great for me to comprehend.  So for me at least, instead of spending time trying to understand all truths and master all knowledge I’ll dedicate that energy toward loving and serving an omnipotent God who is Love.

Organizing the Inside – Day 89 End the Mental Clutter! Make Negative Thoughts Obey

Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;   ~ 2 Corinthians 10:5

Every negative what-if has paraded itself through your mind and now you are a nervous wreck.
That never has to happen to you again; really you can overcome this too. Your mind can be controlled by the spirit man but it will take a bit of practice. Just because your mind decides to hold you hostage by going into the mental default mode, “negative” doesn’t mean you have to go along with it. The Word of God teaches us that we have power over our minds.

Jesus bore negative thoughts when He hung on the cross.
Right along with our sins, Jesus also paid the price for our physical health and our mental health. Isaiah 53:5 says, “But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.” There is nothing that can torment your peace more than negative thoughts that just keep popping up, right?

You may have to assert your authority.
Negative thoughts are a trick of the enemy; there is nothing new in his arsenal of weapons. The Greater One is in you!  First settle this in your mind, that Jesus died for you to be FREE mentally, spiritually and physically. Next settle it in your heart that you have the power to do what the Word of God says; bring every thought under the obedience of Christ.

If you are struggling with fear about the future because of bad thoughts your problem is more common than you think. I think every Christians at one time or another has had the forces of the enemy try to attack their thought life.  Here are some real life application things that will help you conquer a cluttered thought life once and for all.  If you practice making these changes it will change your life.

Seven Ways to Take Charge of Your Thoughts:
You can take each one captive and make it obey the Word of God.

1). Memorize scripture that you can recite out loud when your thoughts are under attack. Philippians 4:8 and Isaiah 41:10 are both an excellent place to start.

2). Speak directly to the negative thought and say “Negative though, I take authority over you in the name of Jesus, you have no power and I render you null and void.”

3). Pray in the spirit, your mind can not comprehend, but the Word says, He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; 1 Corinthians 14:4

4). Write down the negative thought and then go through the process of actually burning the paper.  This will work as a visual image that the thought has been destroyed.

5). When Jesus was tempted in the wilderness, He spoke the Word of God.  Speak the Word of God aloud and say, “It is written (fill in your scripture here). If there is a particular thought that keeps coming up then you can look up a specific scripture to use.  This will help to increase your faith, because faith comes by hearing the Word of God. So make sure you speak the words don’t just think them.

6). Sing praise songs.  God inhabits the praises of His people.  Psalm 22:3. Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is Liberty 2 Corinthians 3:17 and your mind can not and will not stay in bondage to negative thoughts when you are praising God.

7). Meditate on the Word of God. Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Isaiah 26:3 Meditation is a way of recalling, pondering, thinking deeply and digesting the Word of God, over and over and over. As your mind and your heart embraces the powerful, anointed Word of God the bondage will be broken.  It is the anointing that breaks the yoke of bondage Isaiah 10:27 and Jesus is the anointed one Luke 4:18 and He is the Word. John 1:14

EXTRA: Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Psalm 103:1 Your mind is within you.  Speak to your mind and tell it that it must obey the Word of God. What you say has the same creative force behind it as the Word of God, because you are created in His image and in His likeness.  All the more powerful what you say is when you speak the written Word.  You have the authority to do it, now all you have to do is act on that authority.

Thank God for Jesus who came that we might have life and have it more abundantly! John 10:10

If you know of other ways to cast down negative thoughts, I invite you to post a comment.

Organizing the Inside – Day 66 Which Report Will You Believe?

Heaven and earth will disappear, but my words will never disappear.”  ~ Mark 13:31

A recent doctor’s visit confirmed what I already knew.
I’d worked myself into worry frenzy all because I sought answers from Google instead of asking God. There is nothing wrong with being informed about your health, but I went to this doctor’s appointment armed with a complete diagnosis and prognosis about my condition.  The doctor never had a chance to examine me or discuss my concerns before I’d already determined what needed to be done.  Yikes! Had I really done all this based upon a Google search?

What was I thinking?
I went to Google first, got my diagnosis and then thought dear Lord you know what Google said, oh help me Lord, it doesn’t look good. I say that jokingly, but it was pretty much how I handled the situation.  Not good.  After only a few minutes in conversation, the nurse told me that the internet was one of their biggest problems, because when patients come in they are anxious, fearing the long list of possible problems and that fear, can create health complications. Obviously I wasn’t the first patient who went to Dr. Google before coming into the office.

I decided I’d better stop asking Google and I asked God.
I must confess I spend my fair share of time on the internet.  Many aspects of my work requires me to use the internet often.  I believe that the Word of God holds answers to every problem that we could ever experience, but somehow I’d consulted “the Google” instead of trusting God. We process information daily and often that information is contrary to the Word of God.  As Christian women we can experience the power of the Word in our lives every day. We must first be willing to hear the Word and then receive it in our hearts and let that be the final authority.

No matter how the situation looks.

We can’t rely on what we think we know.  I’d built this huge medical condition in my mind, all based upon an internet search. The doctor assured me that the horrifying testimonies I read about had nothing to do with me. There is only one thing that is true, only one; the Word of God.  His word will never change and while heaven and earth will pass away; the Word of God will never pass away. I’ve decided to make God’s word my first choice for seeking information and guidance in every situation. If ever my faith is challenged again, I certainly won’t consult Google. I shall believe the report of the Lord!

Organizing the Inside – Day 57 Take Root in the Word and Grow

1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2He was with God in the beginning. 3Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. ~ John 1:1-3

The first words in the bible are “In the beginning God.”
While surely His works are too wonderful for us to understand, this much we know is true: God set the universe in motion and by His divine Word He formed its foundations.  Colossians 1:17 Paul tells us, “He existed before anything else, and He holds all creation together.”  “He” is the very Word of God, who of course is Jesus Christ himself.  John 1:14 makes it clear that the, “Word became flesh and dwelt among us.”

How truly awesome is our God? 
His greatness is too magnificent for us to comprehend. He transcends time, yet remains the same.  He never grows old, yet His wisdom existed before the earth was made.  He was there before the beginning began, and He will be there after the ending has ended.  God is the same today, yesterday and forever!

How then can a woman simplify her life?
By seeking God with her whole heart and allowing His Word to live in her heart and mind. In this world of chaotic complexities, where confusion and clutter collide and where distractions are on every turn; being rooted and grounded in the Word is the only way to stay on course.  Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. ~Matthew 24:35
There is no better place to build a foundation for your future, than to build it on the Word of God.