Even though reading these days has been hampered by a tight work/study schedule, I still consider myself to be a lover of books and literature. I grew up around books and read just about anything. I especially loved reading folklore. Some of them were so believable that I was quite disappointed to find that tortoises didn’t talk in real life. The tortoise was known for its slow pace, the lion for its ferociousness, and the fox for its cunningness.
Let’s take a trip down memory lane shall we? Adam was the first man that God made, and established a relationship with, and Eve the first woman. They all lived happily ever after, until they didn’t. Although, through Jesus Christ we have been adopted as sons of God, called to an eternal hope and given the gift of the Holy Spirit as a seal of our redemption, there’s still an intense battle for our hearts, one that we must learn to fight the right way.
“Did God really say….?”, this question was all it took for Eve to be captivated by the lies of the enemy. Eve wanted to be like God, but she already was but didn’t know it. This was her soft spot, and she hadn’t dealt with it the right way. Did God really say, you would get that job? Did God really say your child would come back home? Did God really say…?
These questions quickly stir up a flurry of anxious thoughts in any heart. Without knowing it, we question the authenticity of God’s promises, and kick open the door to fear, worry and anxiety. They are little sister foxes that often go to places together. They claw their way in through inadvertently opened doors and make themselves at home like they own the house. Early in my walk with the Lord, I was taught to verbally speak against fearful thoughts, because thoughts matter more than we care to admit.
The Psalmist wrote, “let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in your sight”. I’m learning everyday to guard my heart from little foxes by letting the Holy Spirit control my life, and by holding on to the word of God as the anchor for my soul.
Share a comment below! What have you learned so far about the power of your thoughts? What do you do when a barrage of fearful or anxious thoughts hits you?