Friday, October 17, 2014

how wrong thinking holds us captive

I can remember the dark edges of fear filled days; the way my heart plummeted whenever someone got sick, and the room began to spin as fear descended down around me. It was a miserable place to be. At some point I remember thinking that my response was not a normal one, I was envious of my friends who didn’t seem bothered like I did. Mostly, I began to grow hungry for freedom. 

I knew what the Bible said, that we are truly free and we don’t have to be slaves to sin. But I started to wonder if God had really saved me, why do I struggle so much?

Why did it take years of me walking in bondage, in fear and control, before I realized that I already had victory assured to me? 

I had failed to understand that the biggest battle was happening in my mind. And as long as the enemy had me thinking I was defeated, I was.

My problem was wrong thinking. I was fearful and fear caused me to control everything. I didn’t realize the active role my mind was taking in my issues. And I didn’t fully understand the things God had done for me through Christ, so that I could be free from my wrong ways of thinking.

In Christ, I have righteous given me. It’s given to you as well. That righteousness is a rightness that comes not by anything we have done, but through Christ sacrificing his life. His death and resurrection purchased rightness before God for us. 

If we are to find freedom, we must really believe this is true. Because the enemy would like us to think that we are a lost cause, and if we continue in that mindset we surely will be. But we are the righteousness of Christ. 

“God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of Christ.” (2 Corinthians 5:21).

That is a truth that we must claim and declare to the enemy. We don’t have to be held captive to his lies. We don’t have buy into the thought that we can never change. We don’t have to live as controllers.

God made us for more. He crowned us with dignity. It’s not just a hat we throw on when the weather is wet, it is a crown, fitting for royalty. Because that is what we are. We are a royal priesthood. We are sanctified children of God. 

Too often we choose to remove the crown of dignity given to us by our Lord and Savior and replace the thorns of control and fear. We were made for so much more. And just as we choose to take off our thorny crowns and exchange them for a a crown, we get to transfer our skewed knowledge about ourselves for the truth of who we are in Christ. 

Our own mind says we need to have order and be in control. But Christ says in losing our lives we find them. In letting go we find freedom.


This is part of a month long series on Quitting the Legacy of Control, and putting an end to our control freak ways. Catch up on the rest of the posts hereor by clicking the button below.

1 comment:

  1. And that's the Truth! So thankful we can transform wrong thinking by renewing our minds according God's Word by the power of His Holy Spirit that is alive and well within us!
    Well written!


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