What did Jesus mean when He said to take no thought, for your life, of what you will eat or drink or even wear, in Matthew 6:25? He meant not to worry but the mere phrase not to take a thought has a deeper meaning. We don’t always have to say what we think, that that is an ugly outfit, for instance. I said it at the mall, looking on a rack and a woman replied, ” I thought it was pretty. ”
I was just giving an opinion she didn’t share and it was nothing, but is an example of how you don’t have to say everything that pops into your head. Once, while shopping, my mother told a woman I had the mind of a five, meaning size, but after I walked off the woman had a look and I told her, ” She thought you meant mentally. ” Maybe she did, maybe not, it did not come out right. We have all had slips of the tongue, flubs, every faux pas is not going to hurt us, but many thoughts can and will. And sometimes it the devils you don’t see or recognize, it can be easy enough to spot jealous , lies are sometimes harder, but what about the thoughts that creep in, are negative, condemning, critical, is it just you or the enemy sneaking into your thoughts again?
Nobody loves me. – Jesus died for you, isn’t that love enough?
Nobody cares. – Jesus said to cast your cares on Him, He cares.
You just don’t understand. – Jesus went through everything we did and more without sin, it is we who don’t understand.
I’m just too… fill in the blank, fat, skinny, dumb, inept, old or young, not capable?
Isaiah 53 begins with whose report are you going to believe? God even asked Adam and Eve, who told them they were naked, they didn’t know what that was having been covered in glory? The spies saw themselves as grasshoppers, but not the two who made it to the Promised Land.
Somebody told you that you are whatever it is, not good enough, smart enough. I know people who have been called worthless, and so much worse, I will not repeat it. It plays like a broken record in your mind and heart, but it does not have to. We are to think good things, especially as a believer in Christ.
You don’t have to accept anyone’s label or opinion of you as a woman of faith, even God’s, He gives you a choice to believe Him or not. I can promise you worry is a waste of time and effort and fear takes a toll on mind and body, it is much better not to take the thoughts. And don’t ay them.
That is a good way to start the year right, no resolutions, just read who you are in Christ in your Bible. Underline it. You don’t have to believe people’s opinions of you when God has a good one of His beloved child. You don’t have to back answer, argue or explain, just believe.
Your mind is a part of your soul and as a believer, it can often be at war with the the enemy of our soul, look at what Jesus said, and who is telling you lies.
You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires, he was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies. John 8:44
In verse 45, He says that is why they don’t believe Him and He is speaking to religious people, they may be forgiven by sacrifices but do not know Him as we do. The same is no less true today. People are at all levels of faith, and some are still immature, so imagine the unsaved. Some of them can be nicer to you, truthfully.
God speaks to us through His Word, through other believers, and the Spirit is our teacher, He speaks what He hears God say, but we have to learn to discern our thoughts and God knows every intention of the heart, nothing prospers without His love. Now, when I started watching what I said and thought, it went well for a while and then from the parable of the sower, ” satan comes immediately for the word sown in our heart. ” Mark 4:14, When anyone hears the message of the kingdom but does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is the seed sown along the path. Why we have to be good ground, rooted deeply into the righteousness of God and planted by living and still waters. Matthew 13:17
And the old devil is not omnipotent, though he runs things by you, they are the same old thoughts, disappointments, failures or accusations. It is better to brag on Jesus and He will cancel the devil’s plans. Here are a few other verses and I pray we are delivered from all these enemy lies. You may be thinking there is no way, but Jesus is the way, and I am not giving a trite answer, I know all too well what depression, grief and even oppression are like. I just found it better to magnify the Lord, and minimize the problem.
May all my thoughts be pleasing to Him, for I rejoice in the LORD. Psalm 104:34
The LORD detests the thoughts of the wicked, but the words of the pure are pleasant to Him. Proverbs 15:26
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways. Isaiah 55:8
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22, 23
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. Phillipians 4:8
Psalm 139 is a beautiful passage about His love and thoughts toward us and then so is Jeremiah 29:11, His thoughts are of peace to us and not to harm us. God speaks peace to us and over us like in the Aaronic blessing, found in Numbers. Our thoughts become words so we must choose what we think and say, Jesus said it would come out of our hearts and mouths, so I hope this is helpful and I will attach Affirmations of Faith, we will be judged by our thoughts and words, so what thoughts are we tossing out and which ones do we take? God’s thoughts are the mind of Christ and they are precious.