I love this verse. We all want a harvest of peace in our lives, right? God promises that responding to His loving discipline & learning self-discipline with our bodies and minds will produce a harvest of righteousness and peace. He promises it, and we can take Him at His word!
I’m sure you all can relate… The alarm goes off and I roll over in bed. Everything within me is screaming, “Hit snooze!!!!! I need sleep!!!!!!!!” But I know that if I don’t get out of bed RIGHT NOW, I will not have enough time to do my work-out. Thinking about not having enough time makes me think about everything else I need to do today, of the bills I don’t know how I’m going to pay, of the relationships I don’t know how to fix… This makes me want to cry. I’m defeated before I can even move my arm towards that darn alarm clock… I’m on the verge of an emotional break-down and I haven’t even gotten out of bed yet. Might as well pull the covers over my head and call it quits.
Has anyone else been there?? Well, my loves, I just wanted to share something that God has been putting on my heart recently. In the mornings when the world rushes at me with all these thoughts, “You don’t have what it takes,” “You can’t handle this,” “You’re never going to change, so why even try?” I have a choice. I know it doesn’t feel like it in the moment. But I have a choice to either believe those voices or to fight.
Before I can even think about getting my body to work-out, I have some mental exercises to do first. The battle for our physical health does not begin in our bodies. It begins in our minds and in our hearts!
Victory starts with a recognition and then a choice. First I have to recognize that my mind is under attack. I have to recognize that all the thoughts I’m thinking are not from God, and they’re sent to steal my joy, my passion, and my confidence that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. I have to draw a line in my heart and in my mind and say, those thoughts are not from me and they’re not from God, and I refuse to give in to them! After I recognize that my mind is under attack, then I have to make the choice to fight those thoughts with the right thoughts.
And what are the right thoughts? The right thoughts are the things that God says to me and promises me:
God, You strengthen me with power through Your Spirit in my inner being and Jesus lives in my heart through faith. I’m rooted and grounded in love, which gives me the strength to comprehend how wide and long and high and deep is Jesus’ love for me. It’s so great it defies understanding! In Him I am filled with all the fullness of God! (Ephesians 3:16-19)
My weapons for this battle are not physical weapons. They are spiritual weapons that have divine power to destroy strongholds! I destroy every argument and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and I take every single one of my thoughts captive to obey Christ! (2 Corinthias 10:4-5)
God, You did not give me a spirit of fear, but of POWER and LOVE and SELF-CONTROL! (2 Timothy 1:7)
Who’s tired of letting negative thoughts defeat your mind and cause you to break-down before you work-out? Who’s tired of feeling defeated before you even plan your first meal, so you just go ahead and eat junk because you believe the lies telling you that you are junk? I know I am. So I’m making the choice to recognize and fight the battle in my mind FIRST!!! Because after I start believing the right voice, God’s voice, everything else is easy in comparison! When I truly believe I am blessed and beloved and favored by my heavenly Father, then realize I already have the victory over my work-out and over my eating. Now I just have to claim it!
Who’s with me?? Let’s start the work-out in our minds first, the minute we wake up in the morning. Because once we realize there’s an attack on our minds, it makes it so much easier to fight! We are assured of the victory because Jesus has already won!
I love you all! I believe in you. God made you and He loves you, and you can do this!!!
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” -Romans 12:2