Month: November 2017
Do you still feel consumed by that reoccurring thought? You know the one I’m referring too, the one that no matter what you do to distract yourself the thought never leaves…
Do you understand the magnitude of stress that thought is producing in your body? (We have 640 muscles in our body and stress will tense them.) If that thought that keeps reoccurring is not dealt with; then you will have difficulty relaxing or even quieting your mind. This leads to feeling moody, frustrated, easily agitated and being overly sensitive. Once that sets in, you are headed towards feeling overwhelmed and feeling as if you are losing control or even feeling you need to take control over something or someone… If this continues, you may begin feeling depressed,which easily can lower your self esteem, cause feelings of worthlessness and loneliness due to avoiding any and everyone. Within a short time, the physical problems arrive due to the amount of stress a thought produced in your body. ( Physical problems such as lack of energy, headache, aches, pains, sore muscles, chest pain or tightness of chest, anxiety, nervousness and insomnia just to list a few…)
How is it that one reoccurring thought could cause all that was just listed, plus constant worry, racing thoughts, lack of focus, forgetfulness, loss of appetite, procrastination, seclusion, increased use of numbing substances such as alcohol or drugs, fidgeting, pacing the floor, or nervous behavior such as shaking or rambling of speech?
What you are dealing with is called “an assault on the mind”. Yet, that assault is clearly seen in you physically due to the emotional stress it caused. An assault on the mind explained in simple terms means, the devil used someone you trusted to say or do something mean so negative thoughts were the focus of your thinking… (See, negative thoughts produce negative feelings; which produce negative actions seen in our behavior.)
It comes down to… you are behaving the way you are thinking. Proverbs 23:7
There are some thoughts we should never entertain. Why? So, entertaining certain thoughts especially negative ones, has us becoming the devil’s ultimate entertainment… Yes, he’s laughing out loud watching us suffer emotionally and physically…
We are making the mistake of being hurt or angry by those closest to us when in truth they were only a weapon used by the enemy himself to cause an assault on the mind… Get up, the battle is not over. Fight to keep your mind, otherwise that’s the area you will continue to be defeated in. If your mind can be defeated, so can your body… The quickest way to defeat someone is to attack in their mind because what the mind thinks the body does… Don’t allow yourself to be the devil’s entertainment any longer…
Some of you reading have allowed the opinions of others to prevent you from using the special gift you were given by the Lord. A gift from the Lord is something we should never dismiss or play down simply because others don’t recognize it… Some people may mock you or falsely accuse you in an attempt to discourage you from using it. They may question you, judge you and even try to tear you down with words or actions. They resist what they don’t understand.
Society does not always agree praying is a gift. Yet to the one who is being prayed for it can feel like the greatest gift. Encouragement is a gift to the one who has lost hope. Music is a gift to the person who seeks healing psychopsysiologically. Teaching is a gift to those who appreciate knowledge. Gentleness is a gift to the person who has been mistreated. Hospitality is a gift to someone who has never felt welcomed. Listening is a gift to the person who never felt heard. Acknowledgment is a gift to those who feel rejected.
As you can see, gifts come in all different forms. Some people are gifted cooks, bakers, sewers, organizers,counselors, doctors, preachers, writers, entertainers,singers, musicians, teachers, coaches, wood workers, prayer warriors, encouragers, listeners, caregivers, painters, dancers, etc…
Whatever gift you hold from the Lord is a gift needing to be used. If you are waiting on the approval of others around you before using that gift; then some people are missing out on being blessed by a gift you hold… Those people who don’t recognize or appreciate your gift, may not be the people God wanted your gift to bless… See, your gift was given to bless others. (1 Peter 4:10) They can’t be blessed if opinions of others stopped you from using it. You may enjoy your gift but your gift was not meant to bless you, as the scripture states it was meant to bless others. God will send other people into your life to bless you with the gifts He gave them.
Imagine who is missing out on a blessing because you have kept your gift from the Lord, all to yourself…
An emotional stronghold is exactly what it sounds like. It’s where emotions take a strong hold on you. I describe it as being gripped by emotional pain that keeps squeezing tighter and tighter. Nothing you do seems to shake off the hold that keeps you in constant emotional conflict. To be in constant emotional conflict causes you to question everything you believed about yourself or others and you try to make sense of something that simply makes no sense. You keep turning in circles getting no where. You remain stuck in emotional pain that eventually turns to physical pain and fatigue combined. You seek understanding and help regaining your focus but there are so many emotions going on within you that your words keep being repeated. People can see your tears fall but you have become so emotional that the words coming out are hard to understand. Most of us who have found ourselves in this type of pain wanted to throw our hands up in the air and give up but something deep inside us said “keep going it will get better.”
Emotions are attached to our thoughts. This means when we think on something; an emotion which is housed in the heart is triggered and then released. Now, only one thought can dominate our mind at a time but that one thought can trigger many emotions. This is where we become emotionally unstable. This means that depending on how long we entertain that thought in our mind is the determining factor of how many emotions are triggered and then released… Once our emotions are released they can be seen in our actions and heard in our words spoken.
Love is a powerful emotion but it is also a commitment. So here you can feel something but also are required to do something. This means words spoken in love must be put into action in order for them to hold weight or truth. Love is so powerful when felt that it can motivate us or it can disable us. For those of us who love someone that is kind and gentle we feel a surge of motivation to continue chasing that high or euphoric feeling love creates. The commitment is solid and words were backed by matching actions. To those of us who love someone who has been less than kind can feel disabled. This means harsh words spoken were matched by harsh actions. This is where emotional strongholds can take root (which choke out the desire to continue moving forward) which is why a person feels disabled by words that matched actions.
Emotional strongholds start out as thoughts that were pondered on over and over that eventually took an emotional hold on us. This means we may have thought on a past conversation or a hurtful comment so many times that this thought took hold in our mind which took hold in us emotionally and kept us feeling the raw pain repeatedly until the pain was so great it consumed us. It wasn’t like we wanted to think on past hurts but we entertained the hurt for so long in our mind and heart; that the hurt took hold of us instead of us taking hold of it… Each time our thoughts return to those times whether they were good times or painful times we become emotional all over again. That is our first indication we have strongholds that need to be prayed away because they have a tighter grip on us than we have on them.
Logic tells us that people who are suppose to love us are not suppose to hurt us. Yet experience tells us we are hurt by those we love the most. Wisdom screams, ” quit giving consideration to hurtful words spoken or hurtful actions of mistreatment by people who are hurting.”