Several years ago one of our friend’s sons filled his dad’s truck up at the gas station. Very commendable for a teenager. Except that he filled the truck with gasoline. The truck was diesel. This messed up everything. The truck looked the same but inside that gasoline messed up everything. Of course he didn’t realize what he’d done immediately and started and drove it.
We believers have to be careful as well. Our faith life doesn’t run well when we fill it with the wrong stuff. Just as there are instructions for what to do when you fill your car with the wrong stuff, so too God has instructions for us – don’t even start it.
Oh beloved, you and I will grieve, we will experience loss and we will have some turmoil in our lives. It’s inevitable. We live in a fallen world. We also have an enemy who speaks negative junk into our lives –reminding us of our shortcomings and flaws, making us feel inferior and often without value, and constantly trying to shut us down with discouragement or hopelessness, stealing our peace and joy. Despite the things we encounter that give us misery we must fill our lives with the right stuff.
God says to find relief don’t even start it. We can train our hearts and minds to do the right thing when the wrong thing wants to dismantle us. You beloved, are normal in your feelings. But there is a war in the heavenlies over your heart and your mind. And God wants to fill your mind with His truth so that when the wrong thoughts, ideas and troubles seek to overtake you – you will stop entertaining the junk that can sideline you and start living in the truth that keeps you running in the midst of it all.
Don’t let emotionally fueled thoughts clog your life. God is not going to help you live in the mess. He wants you to know today that you are still living and breathing and moving forth because He has a plan for your life. He wants you to know that the enemy fights hardest those who have a message from Him of hope and triumph. He wants you to know that you aren’t the sum of what has happened to you or how negatively you feel about yourself. You are a woman of great significance. You are a woman of destiny. You are a powerhouse just waiting to be fueled with God’s Truth so that you have more to feel blessed by than the circumstances of your day! You are a warrior and you are destined to win and reign with Christ, seated in heavenly places with Him!
God loves you and He’s for you. He never gives grief, He comforts. He never puts down, He lifts up. He never leaves you hopeless, He is full of encouraging Words that you can take in a live out. Run to Him this morning and ask for fresh infilling, ask Him to give you a strong filter to refuse wrong thoughts. And then live, beloved, full alive in the Light of His wonderful Word!
Proverbs 4:23 Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.
Proverbs 16:23 The hearts of the wise make their mouths prudent, and their lips promote instruction.
Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled; do not be afraid.
Philippians 4:8 In conclusion, my friends, fill your minds with those things that are good and that deserve praise: things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, and honorable. Good News Translation