I have just finished reading the book "God is Able" by Priscilla Shirer. It is an awesome
read. Since the reading of this book I have been challenged to ask myself "If I believe that God is able then why do I fret and doubt so much?" Here is the thought that struck me as I was doing my praise, prayer and power walking the other day. I allow thoughts to stick in my brain that knock down my assurance of God's ability. One of the thoughts that seems to trap me the most is "I am not that important so why would God want to do something for me?" I see why he would bless Billy Graham, Beth Moore or some great evangelist. (I know Negative Nelly popped up there) I have to admit that I am bad about putting human characteristics on him and expect him to produce the outcome that I want or I am going to allow my mind to go crazy with the negative about God. (He can't do that. He doesn't want to do it for me. I am not worthy of Him) Boy, I can let my minds go crazy to the point that I can convince myself that God doesn't even Love me. I have started realizing that anytime these thoughts go across my mind I need to push them out and state the things that he has done for me: Saved me, provided for my needs, given me a family etc. I have allowed my thoughts to determine my understanding of God's ability. I realize now that God doesn't think like we think.
"For my thoughts are not your thoughts. neither are your ways my ways." declares the Lord. "As the heavens are higher than the earth so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts." Isaiah 55:8-9
I am glad that He doesn't think like me because I am a little off my rocker if you know what I mean. I know Paul would say that we need to take our thoughts captive. Sometimes we just have to Yell at those things and get them out of there. I have started measuring my thoughts by this verse. If the thought doesn't fit it is out of here.
...whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things.
This next week if you see me out walking and yelling at the sky you know that one of those stupid thoughts just went flying past this old empty brain of mine and I am in the process of kicking it out.