True thoughts bring freedom! Non-Biblical thoughts lead to bondage! Recognizing, rejecting and replacing wrong thoughts are essential skills that every Christian must learn and exercise in order to experience the power of God’s Grace in daily living.
This “deadly thoughts” article will identify thoughts that appear frequently. They are not Biblical and can affect us spiritually, mentally, socially and even physically.
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*1. “I had a Bad Day.”*The Bible principle is “Count it all Joy (James 1:2).” When we are tested by adversity or affliction it is the devil’s way to consider (count) it bad). It is God’s Way (Proverbs 10:29) to reckon/consider/count it all joy. We have bad things happen to us but they are not bad for us or we would have to change Romans 8:28 to read, “For we know all things work together for Bad….” How dare we call bad what God says He is working out for our Good? All days for God’s children are to be considered (counted) Good. Even when we are afflicted we would be Biblical in considering affliction “Good for me” (Psalm 119:71) and an evidence of God’s faithfulness (Psalm 119:75).
*2. “I was offended”*The Biblical Principle is – though “all that live Godly shall suffer persecution (II Timothy 3:12) but “nothing shall offend them” – Psalm 119:165). A Biblical principle editor would kick out the thought or statement “I was offended”. God’s way (Proverbs 10:29) is to let nothing offend them if they love the Law of God (Psalm 119:165).
*3. “It’s hard to live the Christian life.”*The Bible tells us it is not hard but either impossible (by the flesh) or easy. Galatians 2:20 says the Christian life is not lived by us but by Christ in us. The essence of our Christianity is “Christ in you the hope of Glory (Co. 1:27). As we abide in the vine – Christ (John 15:4) His life flows out of the inner man like rivers of living water (John 7:38). It’s easy (not hard) for Christ to live His life through us. My yoke is easy; my burden is light (Mt. 11:30) not hard or heavy. Are we going to accept God’s evaluation or ours? Actually we as American Christians don’t know what hard is. Sudanese Christians face death daily, Chinese imprisonment, etc. Truth: Christian living is easy when I am abiding in Christ.
*4. “There is nothing more I can do”*The Bible principle is – I can always do more.” The Bible commands us “if it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceable with all men.” The problem resolution “lieth in me”. The question is “how much lieth in me? (Christ lives in me). How much is it possible for me to do? I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” (Philippians 4:13). Study what is possible for us to do as we abide in Christ: give thanks in everything (I Thessalonians 5:18); forgive endlessly as Christ forgives us (7×70) which is a number that indicates unending forgiveness (Matthew 18:21-35); love you enemies; put off all bitterness (Ephesians 4:30) and on and on. We have never done all we can do. Even if the other person does nothing we can still do more. Our problems is ” we’ve done all we’re gonna do.”
*5. “People let me down”*The Bible principle is “Hope thou in God” (Proverbs 42:5). Your best friends, those closest to you, even those you led to the Lord and discipled may turn against you. In Psalm 3, David said, “how are they increased that trouble me.” The “they” in David’s life were his own son, Absolom and his close friend Ahithophel. Face reality – people will let you down. When you are let down run to the name of the Lord (Psalm 18:10).
*Learn to replace bondage thoughts with true thoughts* (Philippians 4:8)