Capturing Our Thoughts

It was ironic to me that the last small group that I taught before this virus madness hit was on the topic of stress and anxiety. For someone who has a tendency to worry and overthink, this lesson was something that the Lord had really placed on my heart to talk about.

In college, my roommates and I had the word TRUTH written on a sheet of paper on the back of our door. We wanted a reminder every day when we left our room of what truth is and to capture any thoughts that did not align with what the Lord says about us.  Philippians 4:8 says, “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” We wanted to remember that we have a choice of what we let our minds dwell on.

Chris earlier in the week on this blog talked about what we set our eyes on. In the same way, what are we setting our MINDS on? What thoughts do we let spiral out of control?  What are we replacing those thoughts with?

Jennie Allen, in her book Get Out of Your Head, says: “This is how we fight the spiral. We pull the thoughts out of our heads and we steal all their power and then replace them with what is true.” It is not just taking our minds off the things of this world, but it is also a daily redirecting of those thoughts to the truth. 

So how do we remember the truth? I think God has given us power in His word to speak truth into those dark places in our lives. I have found so much peace in my struggles through scripture.  When I replace those doubts and worries in my mind by reciting and reading scripture, I can remember who God is and who I am in Christ. 

I leave you with some verses that have spoken to me through those nights of spiraling thoughts- verses that have interrupted and replaced those worries that just don’t seem to quit. I encourage you, just as I encouraged my small group, to read these scriptures out loud. Think of someone going through a hard time- read or pray these scriptures over them. Make the choice to believe what the Bible says about God and what is says about who you are in Christ.

“For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” Romans 8:15

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7

“For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control”. 2 Timothy 1:7

“In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.“ Psalm 4:8

“And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” Philippians 1:6

“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor principalities, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,  neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39

Emily Crowe – CCH Women’s Ministry