Monday, July 7, 2008

Capture That Thought!

Hello, dear friend. How are you doing today? Are you feeling blessed? Because you ARE. AND highly favored!
This isn't the message that I thought was going to be first to you, but it's the one God's been dealing with ME about, and I feel that He is asking me to share my struggle and my understanding on it.
Last night, I was REALLY tired. We'd been up a long time, today was going to be a busy, long day, and I was ready to rest. But God wasn't ready to let me end my day. :)
I lay in bed for a long time, trying to be still so Kenn could get some sleep. I finally crept into the bathroom and took a bath, hoping that would be relaxing enough to push me into sweet slumber.
I went back into the bedroom and lay back down. (My glasses were in there, so I couldn't really go anywhere else!) I decided to try some other tricks that usually work.
Finally - why is it ALWAYS the last resort???? - I asked God what He wanted to tell me.
"Capture every thought."
Huh? What did THAT mean??
And then I began to follow the "thread" in my life lately. Holiness. I'm sure you've either heard or sung the song "Holiness is what I long for". And that's been the sermon topic for four weeks at our new church. It's becoming more and more important to me; I want to seek holiness, to "be holy as I (God) am holy" - and I know I CANNOT be, except to let Him take me and fill me.
"Capture every thought."
OK, Father. I will. I know there's a Scripture that relates those very words, so I'll look it up.
Still no sleep. :::sigh:::
OK, God. I hear you. You want me to capture every thought. Practicing self-control in deed is not enough; each THOUGHT needs to be held up to Your light. No dwelling on past hurts, no thinking about temptations that I know I'll not succomb to (but thinking is fun!).
Yes, Lord. With You, I'll do it. You'll have to do it through me, though. I'm not strong enough.
The next thing I knew, it was morning. :D
Here is the Scripture, dear one:

2 Corinthians 10:4-5 (New International Version)

4The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 5We 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.
That is my pledge this week. To capture EVERY thought. Every "pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God".
It's so easy to get caught up in Satan's lies and ambushes for us! To get caught in the daily grind, and - even though we know we don't "believe" it, our actions tell a different story! - to live as though the problems of our lives are all-consuming.
If you can grasp this ONE point that I have to share with you, dear friend, it's this: this life is so fleeting. We don't know from one moment to the next if we'll be ALIVE for that next moment. But worrying about the future consumes us! BE FREED FROM THAT. Yes, it's important - and we have to live with the repercussions of our responsibilities. But God is bigger than EVERYTHING. He's BEFORE everything, He's AFTER everything. He SO loves you. He's trying to get our attention. He wants us to know Him. Face-to-face. Intimately. And so many times in our lives, we have to chase down the kids, or talk to the doctor about a life-threatening illness, or deal with a butthead of a boss. And that clamor drowns out His voice, His pleading for a little time with you.
My prayer for you is that you can put all the noise, the clamor, the busyness, the hectic schedule, to one side. There's no checklist! There's no "Do this to get closer to God" instruction manual. Do you know, He's waiting to just BE with you? Tell Him you want to know Him, and then just be still in His presence. You might not hear His voice, but you will be so awed by His presence, His peace, His MERCY - His HOLINESS.
Just be STILL, and know.


Lysa TerKeurst said...

Lori... this is beautiful. May each of us let this be the cry of our heart as we allow this truth to reign in our run away minds.

Very powerful.

Thank you for the reminder and the challenge.


Becky in East Tennessee said...

I so often forget to stop and LISTEN. I so often Harbor harsh thoughts. Thank you for the reminder that even though I often can control my tongue that even those innocent THOUGHTS are sinful, whether they cross my lips or not. I must make my thoughts more pure. And LISTEN. Be still. THANK YOU!

Mam said...

Shhoooo-eeeee, girl! That is good. And I needed to hear that. You are a blessing.
Love, Nancy

J-ME said...

"Just be STILL, and know." Since school ended and I have free time from subbing, this is what I have been blessed with. Time alone. Time with God. Time with His creation. I was thinking today as I was weeding, that I don't "think" as I weed, I just weed. I found that comforting in one way. I don't have worries that are eating at me. I don't have to hurry. I can just BE. I get frustrated sometimes becasue I think that I could at least be praying, but your post made me realize that this can be a listening time. I don't need to be talking. God knows the needs. He may just want me to be still, and listen. It might to listen to the sound of the birds, or of the water trickling in our little man-made pool & waterfall, but if I am quiet, and my heart and soul are at ease, it willl be so much easier to hear His still, small voice should He speak. I am so thankful for this time He has given me just to BE.