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.
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?