You’ve heard the old saying “you are what you think”? Well, to be sure, it truly does make a difference what we believe, and what we believe has already gone through our thinking processes. What we think and believe helps govern the way we respond to life in all its circumstances. Often times similar events happen to us that are in our memory and old emotions and thoughts (usually negative) come back to haunt us. See my wife’s latest blog post “No more dressing up”. Whatever we believe or believed about that initial event will be re-activated and we find ourselves leaning towards the same old response, feelings, fears, and often times “sense of defilement”. It’s like “drinking in poison” and the effects soon begin to manifest. This creates major hindrances to our peace, tranquility, and joy. It’s impossible to experience intimacy with fear present!
Now get ready to “Drink this in…”
Our minds work by way of association. Have you ever noticed any time you engage in conversation, firstly you hear the subject, then your mind unconsciously scans for entries or past experiences relative to that subject, next you choose to share or be quiet about that association? Interestingly, we are all products of our past. The good with the bad, the constructive with the destructive. Some have said, “I am what I am today, because of the hardships I have been through.” If that is the case for you, my question is “are you “drinking in” the poison of judgment-shame-rejection, or that which gives life?”
Getting thirsty yet?
When I teach about father issues, I teach from my weakness’ as a father, and it often stimulates similar memories to my audience. They can re-connect with their pain, appropriate it, and then they are usually really ready to enhance their belief system so they can “drink this in..”
John 17:23 says that Father God who is eternal, has, is, and will love us the same way He loves His Son Jesus (my paraphrase). That reality will quench the driest, hardest, emptiest thirst a heart could ever have. To be loved by the Father unconditionally, has the potential to eradicate the most deadly poison one could “drink in”.
The next time you find yourself “drinking in” negative thoughts and circumstances from yesterday or yesteryear;
“Drink this in..”
- You are Safe
- You are Loved unconditionally
- You are Accepted
- You have Purpose
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