Our Biggest Battle-Leading Ourselves
PART I: TAKE 2 – Leading Ourselves
I was at a conference a few years ago and speaking to a University student. She had just come through a huge bout with depression. So I asked her, you know, “What was the turning point for you?” And she said something so profound. She said, “I had to stop listening to myself and start talking to myself,”
Because really some of our biggest battles are actually what we’re telling ourselves.
Sometimes we think it’s either the person that we’re struggling with or it’s the situation that we’re worried about or the task we’re given or the responsibility; that that’s actually causing the stress. But if that were true, then no matter what scenario I paint – if I painted a fearful scenario like “We’re all going to go bungee jumping,” most of you would be afraid of that. But not all of you.
And it’s because it’s what we perceive about those situations that actually causes the anxiety, the stress, the fear. Does that make sense? So it’s our perception. That’s boiled down in a really simplified way. It’s what we think.
And often the problem is, even as believers; even though we love God and we want to follow Jesus, often when we’re worried or stressed or anxious about things or playing things over in our minds, the LORD is not with us in those things.
So you’re thinking about the playing out of a situation; sometimes you’re thinking about how you’re going to handle it; not how you and God are going to handle it. Does that make sense?
We project things into the future without the Lord in it.
PART II: TAKE 2 – Taking Your Thoughts Captive
Do you know that the greatest discovery in this generation is they’ve discovered that we can actually alter our mind?
But the Lord’s been saying that right from the beginning. “For as he thinks within himself so is he”.
Our mind is like a garden that has to be purposely cultivated. Sometimes our thoughts just grow wild. And that’s why the Lord says. “Take thoughts captive.” It’s not just clearing out the bad thoughts and the lies, but you have to plant the good thoughts and the seeds. Otherwise you just have a vacuum. So we don’t have to meditate on everything that pops into our minds. Sometimes the negative – the enemy – is planting things. But we take every thought captive to make it obedient to Christ.
You know what I found out in the research? The average person has 50,000 to 70,000 thoughts a day. 95% of them are the same. So we’re thinking about the same things. Guess what the percentage is that are negative? 80% of what we think about is negative. So no wonder we struggle. It’s just part of The Fall really.
I had a hard time figuring out. “What am I actually saying to myself?” because we don’t talk to ourselves in words. We talk to ourselves in impressions. Because you couldn’t speak 50,000 words to yourself in a day but you actually do because they are coming at you in impressions and in pictures.
We don’t have to copy the behaviour of this world. Romans 12:1-2 basically says, “Surrender yourself to the Lord as a living sacrifice and then let him transform the way you think.” And He changes us into a new person by changing the way we think.
We have patterns that we have to overcome. So neuroplasticity. Although the old path wouldn’t completely disappear you can form a new pathway. And that’s what happens in our brain.
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TRAINER: Donna Mitchell, National Director
SOURCE: Volunteer Training Workshop-EDM (2017 03)
POSTED: Apr 2017