Have you ever had a thought—a sudden “story in your head” of how something seems to be, and based on the story in your head, you react in a way that you later regret…because of that story you believed to be true?
And you realize… that you believed a “story in your head” that wasn’t true…it was false.
A “storyline” that doesn’t line up with God’s Word, His truth.
Have you ever spouted something out about yourself, perhaps a perceived weakness… and immediately after it came out of your mouth, something didn’t feel right about saying it?
And something in you—the Holy Spirit—said,
“Wait, no…that isn’t true…. Remember what is true!”
In this life, I am realizing that I cannot trust the “story” I have in my head…
I don’t know about you, but I have had some pretty off-the-wall things happen within the stories in my head. I’ve believed some things that are untrue.
And I’ve learned that I cannot necessarily trust and just go with the thoughts that come into my head, the assumptions I make, not even the patterns that I believe to “add up” in the natural…
I must choose to align my mind, to renew my mind with what God says on the matter. I have to remember that His Word is the truth, not what I think in my mind.
Because our minds can fail us.
I cannot trust the “story” I have in my head,
about who I am…
about what I think I can or cannot do well,
what I think I am capable of,
what I think I could never be capable of….
The story in my head can be based on all the wrong things…
It can be based on opinions of others… criticisms of others, wounded places that haven’t healed, attempts of the enemy to get me to shut down….
I can get stuck in that “storyline” if I trust it above what God has said.
I can easily be deceived in my mind…it’s where the battle is.
And so I have to constantly choose to align my mind—to check my heart and my mind….and to renew my mind with what God says, with who God says I am— with what God has spoken as what is TRUE.
Because His Word is TRUTH!
I have got to fill my mind and my heart with the truth of what His Word says, so when something I think in my mind doesn’t line up, when the “story” doesn’t line up with what God says, then I’ll know not to believe that “story” in my head…He’ll show it to me.
Because the hard truth is…I can’t trust the “story in my head”…
He has given us a wonderful, incredible “mind” to use in this life… we need to be able to use our minds! But our minds can only function properly when we are submitted to Him.
The story in my head, can be very wrong… and that “story” sometimes must be “destroyed” and cast down, to be made captive to obey Christ.
“For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ…”—2 Corinthians 10:4-5
But Jesus is my firm foundation. He is my rock. My Navigator!
I can trust Him.
And when I am filled with His Spirit, and I am deeply rooted in His Word…
He’ll so quickly show me when the “story in my head” is wrong, when it’s false, when it’s based on the wrong things, when it’s not aligned with Him.
And He’ll renew my mind again, and again, and again…
As I remember to align with His truth.
And each time He does this renewal work in me, something changes in me that goes a little deeper, and a little deeper, and somehow, I grow a little more, and a little more rooted in Him.
“And have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.“—Colossians 3:10
“For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.“—Romans 8:5-6
He’s doing His miraculous transformation in us that we cannot see.
And it’s so miraculous that we can’t even comprehend it when it’s happening! ?✨
“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”—Romans 12:2
“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”—Psalm 119:105
“You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.“—Isaiah 26:3
Thank You, Father. ? I know, that when I keep my mind on You, and Your will and Your ways, I’ll be able to keep my mind in check as it stays constantly renewed in You. I can’t trust my mind, but I can trust You, and I know that You are faithful to lead me in the way I should go, and You are faithful to keep my mind from torment, for it is written…
“Perfect, absolute peace surrounds those
whose imaginations are consumed with you;
they confidently trust in you.
4 Yes, trust in the Lord Yahweh forever and ever!
For Yah, the Lord God, is your Rock of Ages!
5 He knocks down the high and mighty,
and the lofty city he humbles and levels down to the dust…”
“Yes, we will follow your ways, Lord Yahweh,
and entwine our hearts with yours,
for the fame of your name is all that we desire.
9 At night I yearn for you with all my heart;
in the morning my spirit reaches out to you.
When you display your judgments on the earth,
people learn the ways of righteousness.“—Isaiah 26:3-5, 8-9 TPT
So I set my mind on You, Lord! And I declare my trust in YOU, not in the stories that sometimes get stuck in my head. Help me to use my mind in the way You created it to function. Set me free of the lies I believe, as You renew me to realize Your truth… and will You write it upon my heart—penned with Your eternal pen. Thank You for the work You do in us, Lord!