Sunday, June 22, 2008

It Is Just A Thought.......

A Revelation

2Cr 10:3
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:

2Cr 10:4
(For the weapons of our warfare [are] not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)

2Cr 10:5
Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

After I came out from the CT scan on Thursday I was in such pain that all I wanted to do was jump up and run..... Not really knowing where to but just do something. I had to stay at a 35 degree angle for 4 hours and I was, at that time thinking that I was not going to be able to do that. I had a sweet nurse name Suzanne and she was very sympathetic , she kept telling me that in one hour she could give me a bit of food and a pain pill, but that I had to wait one hour. OK, I can do this............. We had a wall mounted TV in the room and so I told my DH to turn it on and put it on anything, just turn it up so that it would take my mind to another place and off of the pain in my back.
You know, God is always right there.
There is never a situation that He is not right there. So flat on my back in a tiny little sterile room He in sitting on the edge of my bed ready to revel to me some scriptures that I have read all of my christian life. I have posted those Scripture above.
My sweet DH turned the TV on and the very first thing was CNN........... Nope, not news, I don't need that so just find something else. The very next channel was some little gal preaching! I think the channel was TBN but not sure. I had never seen her before but she caught my attention. She was preaching to women in a prison somewhere and the setting was very plain and the cameras were not the high dollar things you usually see on TV but preach she did.
After a few minutes I discovered that she was once an inmate there and she had gotten a 60 year sentence but somehow miraculously she was paroled in 12. She was preaching on how to escape the prison of the mind. How to live while behind bars but be free to love and worship God.
Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
It was powerful. I have read those scriptures all my christian life but Thursday morning around 11:am those scriptures went from knowledge in my mind to understanding in my heart. How does God do that? How does He take something that we know and turn it into something that we understand in the spirit? It happens too few times in my life and I long for it to happen more but when it does happen it is a monumental event for me.

She went on to teach about how to distinguish between the voice that is your thoughts, the voice that is the enemy, and the voice of God. For the sake of time and to keep this post down to few words I will not even try to relate that to you.
Our minds, the battlefield. Our minds where we win or we loose. Our minds, where decisions and actions begin. Our minds.
I know that, but listening to her speak that day to those women in prison telling them that they can be free by the simple (I use that word only as an adjective to describe) act of capturing their thoughts. There is nothing simple about it. She was talking to ladies behind bars, but there are multitude's of people living in prison today without bars.

We have the weapons, we have them! We needlessly struggle through situations in our lives when right before us are the weapons needed to be free. We overlook them, ignore them, brush them aside as thought they are empty words on lifeless paper.

We have the authority and the weapon to free ourselves from prisons of fear and hate and worry and jealousy and envy and strife....... Shall I go on.......... In the simple act (there is that word again, I need to find another adjective) of capturing our thoughts, and giving them over to the obedience of Christ will free our minds, and in that freedom, in that sheer act of obedience to the word our minds are transformed, and in that transformation we are able to PROVE what is good and acceptable and PERFECT will of God.

Now............. This is an act of our will.......... Thoughts come , they will always come, but what we do with them will free us or imprison us......... I have lived in prison far too long in some situations in my life.. I began applying this principle the minute I heard this woman speak. Right then I had a Revelation of the scripture and I am applying it to my life.

I hear what my mind hears and I judge that thought right then, and as the scripture instructs me, bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
Bring your thoughts into the obedience of Christ!

That is powerful..... That is a tool, a weapon. That will free you from the onslaught of the devil.
It will bring to obedience every thought that rises up against the promises of God.
Don't fret, don't worry, do not fear, do not linger on the thoughts that haunt you or engulf you or paralyze you. Do not imagine vain things that are not of God. Do not camp out in thoughts of having naught. Give those over to the power of the one that saved us......... Fill your hearts and MINDS with the knowledge of Christ and then when our own foolish thoughts or the voice of the enemy come..................... Capture them and place them into captivity.

Please take the time to read through the scriptures below.. They are speaking of a mind renewed in Christ, a mind that is bringing all things into obedience to Christ.

Live Free!!!!!!!!
and.................. about the pain in my back...................

Rom 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

2Pe 1:4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
2Pe 1:5¶ And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;
2Pe 1:6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;
2Pe 1:7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.
2Pe 1:8 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make [you that ye shall] neither [be] barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

After a few minutes of hearing the word spoken and preached, my mind left the pain in my back and before I knew it that sweet little nurse brought me in a ham sandwich and a pain pill with a cold bottle of Dr Pepper......... Life is Good.......
I went off into a sound sleep and slept there for two hours or more....... I did not hear the rest of that gals story but God had visited me for just a few moments and brough with Him a Revelation of His word..... and it took my mind off of my pain......

He is a good God don't you think?


Denise said...

Yes, God is very good my precious friend.

Anonymous said...

Oh Denise, that is so awesome for you!! I love it when HE does that!! when we need it.. BAM ... Rehma. .. So glad his word washed over you just when you needed it. Hope your doing better:)

Judy's Vintage Collections said...

Yes God, is good all the time!

Denise, I have always loved reading your writing and now this is a powerful one!
Have not stop by in awhile, but have been wondering how you were doing?
I will be praying for you and hope all goes well.
You are one very "Loving Lady" I can tell!
from the heart of Texas!
Be safe in Jesus!

Tammy said...

Thank you so much for sharing with us what God helped speak to your spirit.
I'm so sorry for the physical things you've had to endure, but so thankful God's sweet presence was with you in such a special way.

I really did need to read this post...and I'm praying the truths from the Word here will soak into my spirit as well, because it's definitely a message for me, too!

Prayers and hugs,

Mary said...


I am so glad that God spoke to you through that little gal that was teaching on TV to those inmates.

Isn't it wonderful when we have a revelation - when something dawns on us that we should have seen long before? That is God speaking to us. He opens our eyes, hearts and minds.

This is an awesome post. Thanks for sharing.

Blessings and hugs,

MelanieJoy said...

What an amazing revelation He gave you. I love it when He does that!!
Yeah- He is pretty good isn't He!!!
That's a total understatement! Hope you are feeling so much better today.
Love and prayers to you....

valerie said...

Yes indeed God is good!
I think it's so neat too how we can hear a Scripture that we've heard hundreds of times and one's like a brand new thought.
I'm so glad you were able to hear such a great message when you were needing it.
Keeping you in my prayers!

Anonymous said...

Definitely a Word in Due Season just for you! God does those kinds of things for His children.

Chris said...

Wowl!!! Denise!!! This post is sooo powerful! Yes, my thoughts create a prison of worry and negativity~~~And Jesus doesn't want me to imprison myself!

Amazing post, dear friend. Now get better~~

Sharon Brumfield said...

First I will say...Love the new look!
How cool....very feminine.
I am glad that your procedure has come and GONE. And that you got such a wonderful blessing from God in the midst of the pain.I love what you said about an understanding in the spirit. It reminded me of the verse that says that we must worship Him in spirit and truth.
I am glad that you wrote this all done so that you could remember it vividly.
The mind is a huge battle field.
Beth Moore talked about it some this weekend. I will share some of those notes. I will say that it is nice to know that I am not the only one who battles in my mind.Thanks for sharing this....I pray that it will not come back void in the lives of any who read it.
I hope you are feeling better and getting plenty of rest.
Love ya girl

Tracy said...

God is wonderful! What a powerful post Denise. I am glad that he spoke with you during this time.

You are right we need to guard our minds, we also need to remember that our mind is a powerful thing. Every thought if not looked over can turn to action. While reading this , a thing I posted just recently came to my mind.

Be careful of your thoughts
for your thoughts become your word
Be careful of your word
for your word becomes your actions
Be careful of your actions
for your actions become your habits
Be careful of your habits
for your habits become become your character
Be careful of your character
for your character becomes your destiny.

All from a single thought....

I am glad you are up and blogging. I hope you feel much better soon my friend!

Hugs and blessings sent your way.

Sharon said...

Yes, He is a very good God! I'm glad you felt His preseence during your CT scan. I didn't know that they were that long, four hours is crazy! I'm glad it's behind you now.

Hugs, Sharon

Donetta said...

I hope your doing better dear lady. I was edified tonight as I read your experiences, strength and hope. I am thankful you shared it. Good reminders.
Be Embraced gently and rest well.