Steve Rust, one of the coolest and most Christ-like cats that I know, quoted a scripture in a Wednesday night Bible study, that I haven’t been able to get out of my mind. Psalm 19:14 says “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.” Immediately, the Lord challenged me. ‘What are you thinking about, Kellie? What are you confessing with your lips?’ I knew instantly what He was saying to me. I knew the thoughts and words He was referencing. Let me tell you, this wasn’t a proud moment. Those thoughts and words came rushing back to me. I’ve read and heard that scripture many times over, but Wednesday night, it came to life anew in me.
I feel like this journey can so easily turn negative. We can have a few greats weeks, lose weight and just know we will be at our target weight before long. Then, we have one week where we lose nothing, gain or even only lose 0.1 pounds and our minds instantly go to the following thoughts:
Oh, this is never going to work. How stupid am I? I made awful choices this week and look what happened! You will never be disciplined to lose weight. Why are you even bothering?
Does this sound familiar to you? It sure does for me! Here’s what I know. We entertain negative thoughts waaaay too long. We dwell on them, ponder them and repeat them. We give them LIFE. Not only do we meditate on them, we speak them out loud! I am guilty, guilty, guilty! Instead of challenging them as 2 Corinthians 10:5 instructs us to do, we build them a room in our minds and give them a place to reside. We don’t take them captive and put them under the feet of Jesus, where they belong. Isn’t it amazing how quick we are to believe the bad and not give heed to the good? The enemy of our soul KNOWS how to push our buttons. He knows our triggers and our pain points.
WE MUST TAKE NEGATIVE THOUGHTS CAPTIVE!
From this moment on, when negative thoughts come into your mind, TAKE THEM CAPTIVE. Visualize yourself wrapping your hands around them and throwing them at the feet of Jesus! We can’t just get rid of them, we must REPLACE them! When the devil tries to convince you that you won’t be able to finish this journey to health and wellness, tell him what God’s Word says about you. Remind him of 1 Corinthians 15:57 , “But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” How about Romans 8:31-32 “What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all – how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?” If you are struggling with thinking of food as comfort instead of fuel, quote this:
“From the Lord comes deliverance. May your blessing be on your people. ” Psalm 3:8
(I could list many, many verses, but I’ll leave the additional searching to you.*wink*)
Our hearts should be meditating on the goodness of the Lord and His thoughts about us. Those thoughts are good, life giving and full of love, grace and mercy. Many years ago, Sister Peggy Richards told us that what is in the well comes out of the bucket. I’m praying that God will get rid of the yuck in my bucket (because I’m being obedient to His Word) and that what comes up with be full of life and victory. I’m praying the same for you!
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