Don’t believe everything that you think: A devotional on taking your thoughts captive
It’s 3 am, and I have yet to fall asleep. I’m on a work trip with my husband and, I’m not sure about you, but I can never seem to find great rest when I’m not in my own bed. The quad espresso that I had earlier in the day probably had something to do with it, too...but that’s beside the point ;)
I counted both blessings and sheep, and I even went to the bathroom to re-brush my teeth, hoping the ritual would somehow make me sleepy! But, nothing worked. For the most part, I usually am not awake in the middle of the night because I’m relaxed and at peace, it’s usually because I'm overwhelmed. This particular night, I was stressed out over my health and that just snowballed into lie after lie about my shortcomings and failures.
Instead of tossing and turning and keeping my sweet husband awake, I left the bedroom and opened my laptop. (Side note, I don’t think that God wants us to lose sleep, because He knows how good it is for us. But I do think that in those wee-small hours of the morning, the veil between the physical and the spiritual seems just a little bit thinner. Sometimes I think He uses our sleepless nights to speak to us.)
And so, half-awake, I began to write. And this is what I wrote:
In the middle of the night, when you think you’re broken, you’re not. Don’t believe everything that you think.
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As soon as I wrote that, I knew it wasn’t from me. I knew that it was the Holy Spirit writing through me, giving me a simple, yet profound, reminder.
Our minds are a battlefield for a very real war that is going on, spiritual warfare. Jesus has already won this war, but the enemy still wants to wreck havoc, distract, destroy and separate us from the Truth of who we are in Christ.
The enemy can seem like this big, scary monster...but compared to our God? Sure, he’s got some strength here on earth, that's why he's called the "prince of the air," BUT, God is SO MUCH STRONGER. Like, not even on the same playing ground. Jesus has already conquered and DEFEATED the enemy. Amen!
When Christ died for our sins, the enemy was disarmed and defeated. The one weapon that he had was stripped away from his hands: his accusation that we are all guilty and should perish with him. That accusation was nullified when Jesus died on the cross. And all who entrust themselves to Christ will never perish. The enemy cannot separate us from the love of God in Jesus Christ (Romans 8:37-39).
I know that you probably knew all of that already, but it’s worth repeating because sometimes, we forget to remember. What’s been done on the cross has given us complete freedom and authority over the enemy. We no longer need to give into his lies or his attempts to separate and destroy us. We are strong because we have the NAME of JESUS.
2 Corinthians 10:5 tells us to “take every thought captive to obey Christ.” That means that any thought that we have that is not good, pure, uplifting, and rooted-in Scripture...any thought that you have that tears you down or destroys relationships...trust me, it’s not from the Lord...it is a lie that the enemy has planted within you to distract you from the truth of who you are in Christ.
SO, take those thoughts captive, girl. Remember, don’t believe everything that you think. Truth is only truth if it can stand the test - does it line up with God's Word? If not, throw it out, love. You are a daughter of the King...nothing less!
WORSHIP // REFLECT
Listen to "Fall" by the Belonging Co
What thoughts have you been harboring that are not from Christ? Take out a piece of paper and write down all of the lies that you've been living with, that you've been believing. One by one, go to the Word of God and replace those thoughts with TRUTH. Find scripture that negates the lies and tells you the truth about who you are. Then, cross out all of the lies and pour the scriptures over you each day. Maybe even write them out on a notecard and keep them with you to reference throughout the day, you might even want to memorize them!
IT'S A MOVEMENT // SHARE THE LOVE
Do you have a friend who could use the reminder that of where her true identity comes from? Please share this devotional with her.