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Pathetic, Apathetic, Prophetic

There may be a large portion of us that we would classify as mostly civilized and modernized, but sadly, there is often one part that remains wild and untamed. We can easily cast off all restraint and feel free to “be ourselves” in this place, but it’s as destructive as anything we can put into our body.

Our thoughts.

Everything begins with a thought and our directions flow from that tiny seed that germinates and sprouts and soon overtakes even the greatest of resistance if left alone. We all know that ‘snowball’ feeling when one thing leads to another.

It happens in a small scale every single day, but it can translate into much bigger action. Consider this: searching the internet for pornography begins with a thought. Divorce begins with a thought. A murder begins with a thought.

…As a man thinks in his heart, so he is. –Proverbs 23:7

We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ… –2 Corinthians 10:5

How do you take a thought captive? It’s not with a net or a bear trap. You have to train yourself to recognize the thoughts that don’t line up with His word, promise, and destiny for your life. If we don’t, we’ll doom ourselves to mediocrity and miss out on the extraordinary life He has purposed to give us.

  • Take down the pathetic thoughts. We often defeat ourselves in our mind before we ever take a step. Some people are more naturally bent toward being negative, but either way, we have a responsibility to embrace the mind of Christ. What you continue to dwell on today will become your future. That’s a sobering thoughts. Do you want to prophesy a position of just-getting-by survival or do you want His Spirit to open up possibilities and avenues to launch you into overcoming? That’s not name and claim it stuff, that’s His word.
  • Take down the apathetic thoughts. When indifference toward people and situations get a hold in our thoughts and minds, we are ineffective. We no longer look for opportunities to love, give, and serve. We’ve grown lukewarm and distant. God is an all-consuming fire, filled with passion and love and kindness for the great and least alike. Embracing apathy keeps us stifled, impotent, and “safe” to the enemy. The reason God is so dangerous is because He loves so boldly and won’t give up. He’s wild in His gifts and affections. We don’t have time for apathy any more.
  • Promote the true prophetic thought. We sometimes live as if we are just puny nothings with moments of inspiration instead of new creations with our minds being constantly renewed. The word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword. It’s the sword of the Spirit. It’s like silver, refined in the fire seven times. His word is not sloppy or happenstance. It’s life and breath and refreshing to you. Every time you recognize peace when you probably should panic, praise when you should feel despair, wisdom when you would normally be confused—promote that thought! It’s not a fluke and it’s not an accident. The mind of Christ is desperate to be birthed inside you so don’t let it float on by.

What do you think about this? How are you with your thought life? Is it a jungle in there or are you allowing His word to shape you and bring order to the chaos?

19 Comments

  1. Our thought life is a major battlefield in this spiritual war.
    Dusty Rayburn recently posted..Love Is…Greater than Hope.My Profile

    • It’s a battle no one can escape or turn off. We need this victory! Thanks Dusty.

  2. Amazing post. Our God is a consuming fire. We need to live our lives with that type of passion! That can be difficult, but changing our thought patterns is where it all begins (well, outside of salvation).

    I like your point about apathy. I think apathy is killing America. Christians need to wake up and shed God’s light in this dark world. Thanks for the powerful post. I’m going to tweet it!
    TC Avey recently posted..Modern Day Bonhoeffer: Pastor Youcef NadarkhaniMy Profile

    • You’re so right--after salvation, this is what has to happen for us to walk in the fullness of His life for us. Thanks so much, TC.

  3. I would like to say (and think) that my thought life is not a problem but i would be lying. I have moments of clarity and strength and “prophetic” intent, then moments of pathetic wandering and apathetic attitude. I need to be more diligent in bringing all things captive. Thanks for the good word today Jason.
    bill (cycleguy) recently posted..EmbarrassedMy Profile

    • I’m sure there’s not one of us who couldn’t stand to be more disciplined in our thoughts. It’s not easy, but it is necessary. I’m right there with you, Bill. Thanks.

  4. My thought life is moderate. There are times I allow thoughts of discouragement or even “things will never change” into my mind, but I’m catching them a lot earlier now and tearing them down. It truly is the place where the most warfare happens.
    Jason Vana recently posted..Creating Stories of ChangeMy Profile

    • It’s amazing, isn’t it? A thousand battles are won or lost right in the arena of the mind. Thanks for your thoughts, Jason.

  5. Thoughts… We all have them. I think the mind will process what it is we concentrate on. Staying constantly in a seeking process helps. I’ve been trying to get up a little earlier and read my Bible before i begin my day.

    Without drawing nigh unto Him, I think disaster is lurking just up ahead, right around the corner… You know that corner that the young fool dares to go near?
    floyd recently posted..DESPERATE MEASUREMy Profile

    • For me, that’s the best time to read too. I read on my iPad or phone (I do a “read the Bible in a year” program). Lately, I’ve been trying to read before I go to sleep too--either the Bible or some devotional. I like beginning and ending the day in reflection and His word.

      And yes, disaster wants to take us down, but His wisdom and word protects and preserves. Thanks Floyd.

  6. At the tender age of 12 (summer of 1999) Brother Sam Matthews & James Cooper tag team a prophecy over me about art & business over me. Fast forward to the year 2000 at youth camp when we use to hold camp In Seminole OK Danny Fisher said the same thing. Fast forward to the year 2002 Bishop Bennett Smith said the same-thing. And again in the fall of 2003 Bishop Smith reaffirmed it again. Fast forward to Feb 2004 a total stranger some person I don’t know comes to our youth group and pro-phished about me having a business, and something to do with art. Now during all this my mindset for my future was to become a x-ray technician. Well that all changed in college when I took a photography class. When I took that class I got a C plus but just fell in love with photography. So I went to the throne and prayed about it the whole summer, and low and behold the answer was yes. It turned out to be the best decision I ever made. I got to meet some amazing people who turned out to have the same faith belief as me. And I also got to meet one of my dearest friends ;) (hint the wink). But no one knew that the world’s economy would take a big blow beginning in the fall of 2007. Now as a 20 year old kid that’s a scary thing. But the Lord works in mysterious ways He opened up a job in the photography department at my school and because of that job I purchased my first camera ! When the school year was over I was promised the same job when fall semester would resume. That semester was one big blessing I got meet my dear friend ;) who has the same faith beliefs as me (the next year my friend got to attend Oral Roberts University) Because of that relationship I got to meet a whole new set of believers just like me in the Twin Cities area ! Now fast forward to 2010 I got to shoot 3 weddings a hand full of portraits etc. And have been doing the same for the last 2 years. Now to make this long story short at age 12 my parents and I learned that I have a learning disability (me and school where never best friends) And my senior year they wanted to hold me back an extra semester for some reason. But we fought hard and I got to graduate on time. Now as I look that whole hold me back plan was a plan of satan. Had I been held back I probably wouldn’t be where I am today or got to meet my friends etc. Moral of the story If we let satan control our thoughts we end up with pathetic thinking, and by the time we hit rock bottom that’s when most surrender to God. I choose not to wait to hit rock bottom and instead of letting that learning disability control my thinking. I used it as motivation to step up into my destiny. if you study the background of some of the wealthiest people and artists in the world most of them had some kind of learning disability but that didn’t stop them from doing there talents and destiny.
    andrew singh recently posted..Christmas-Winterland Photo ExtravaganzaMy Profile

    • Great testimony, Andrew. I’m with you. Why wait until rock bottom to turn around? He is willing, able, and ready to help us right now so that we can experience the best He has for us. Thank you.

  7. I’ve always had a good thought life, though in general I’m a pessimist. I’m a big fan on the concept of what you think is who you’ll become. Not necessarily in a millionaire kind of thinking, but in a character kind of thinking.
    SethC recently posted..Mosaic.My Profile

    • Yeah, Seth--exactly. Some use all their mental capacity and gifts to amass wealth or influence or any number of things. It ends up being shallow and unfulfilling, but a mind set on Him and His word brings such a joy and peace. Thanks so much, Seth.

  8. The only time I really have trouble is right before I wake up, after that I usually have no trouble
    Ed recently posted..Oh Jesus I want to be a Christian!My Profile

    • Then you are doing pretty amazing then, Ed! Thanks sir. :)

  9. I always put my minds that problems is always in our side, thats why I keep smiling and making things worthy to overcome those things…
    Samantha32 recently posted..2012 Prophecy DisastersMy Profile

    • Thanks for coming by, Samantha.

  10. Everyone’s wanted a peace on their lifestyle and something I really want to got sleep with the reality of life, but wake up and say to my self that life is a matter of challenge which escape or quit upon it is not the best solution… I stand up and confidence enough to face the challenge of life…
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