Stinkin’ Thinkin’

Today I want to share a bit of what God is doing in my own heart in hopes that it will resonate in your heart. I am only sharing ‘a bit’ because I’m pretty sure that God is nowhere near finished with this particular work.

If you have walked with Jesus more than a pair of days, you might just have experienced something similar. I feel like periodically God does an assessment of my heart, very much like a homeowner looks at their home. He opens doors and cabinets. He pushes back stuff and junk. He swings doors back and forth to see if they squeak. He wipes away the cobwebs so He can get a clear view of the rafters.

Once He has assessed the situation, He begins moving in the demolition equipment. Suddenly, a renovation of the entire east wing of my heart is underway, and it feels like the jackhammers and crowbars are going full speed. Just as with a home renovation, there is dust and shaking and pulling down. Things need to be in order for light and truth to take up residence. AND IT IS PAINFUL!

THAT is where I find myself currently.

 

It's Time to Get Rid of Stinkin' Thinkin'

 

 

There are two tools that God is using in my heart reno. Two verses of Scripture. Let me share them with you.

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer. Psalm 19:14 (ESV)

And the second one:

We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:5 (NIV)

 

Y’all, God has shown me very clearly that the meditations of my heart…my thoughts…are not always acceptable to Him. Ouch!!!

Let me show you how this might work in my life. Let’s say that my husband or a co-worker does something that irritates me. It would not have to be a big something, but maybe something small and insignificant in the whole scheme of things. Instead of either A) addressing it with the person, or B) letting it go, I choose instead to replay it in my mind a bazillion times. And each time I do, the offense grows larger and larger. This causes me to become the ‘victim’ of their offense. Over time, these offenses build up and my heart begins to become bitter toward the person.

I have the power to STOP these thoughts from taking me into Bitter-land. God is doing a renovation on my heart and showing me that I can, through the power of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God, take those thoughts captive and replace them with thoughts that are pure and holy and true and right.

The kicker is…..will I do it? Will I choose righteousness over bitterness? Will I arrest my STINKIN’ THINKIN’ and put it in jail? The choice is entirely up to me. With the help of the Holy Spirit, I am learning to be aware of my STINKIN’ THINKIN’ and take it captive.

What about you? When was the last time God did a renovation on your heart? It is only when we are willing to allow Him free access to all the doors and cabinets that He is able to do His work of holiness. While the process is painful, it is GOOD and FREEING. I encourage you to allow Him to do His work.

I’d love to hear how God is working in your life to conform you more and more to the image of Jesus.

 

Leah Adams

Although I asked Jesus to come into my heart at the age of 15, I describe myself as the “prodigal son’s sister” after spending several years walking far from the Lord in my twenties. Helping others understand the grace that is offered by Jesus to anyone who will accept it is the passion of my heart. In a works-based and failure-prone society, grace is a concept that many people have difficulty grasping and my speaking and writing ministry seeks to point others straight to Jesus and his amazing grace. I live in northern Georgia with my husband, Greg, who is also my dentist. I hold a Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from Mercer University School of Pharmacy. I am also a CLASS certified speaker and the author of one devotional book and three Bible studies. Please visit me at LeahAdams.org.

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