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When I was growing up, there was a cartoon where a mad scientist hooked up a machine to the hero's brain and he could see all of his thoughts. "Cool!" I thought. But after a little bit more thinking about it, it actually didn't seem that cool. I actually don't want my thoughts thrown up on a big white screen for the world to see.
But the truth is, that is what happens each and every day. What you think about the most throughout the day will ultimately come out in your actions.
Your actions are simply an overflow of your thought life.
And what I have found through the years is that we usually have the same internal recording playing over and over. It's like an old vinyl record stuck on the same song.
Several months back a friend challenged me to take inventory of my internal recordings.
The results were shocking and embarrassing!
All throughout the day I was listening to thoughts like, "You can't do that," or "You're not as smart as that guy," or even, "you won't be successful."
Whoa! Who knew that I was listening to that junk all day every day.
So how do you change that recording?
1) Listen: Take some time and actually listen to what you (or the enemy) are telling yourself all day. Write them out.
2) Say No!: The Bible says to take every thought captive. When you take something captive that means that you are the master, not the lie, so you have the authority to say no.
3) Replace: As you take your thoughts captive, you have to replace them with truth. When you hear a lie that you are a failure, you have to replace that lie with a truth. One of my favorite truths is Jeremiah 29:11 because it's God telling me, "For I know the plans that I have for you...plans to prosper you and not to harm you, and to give you a great hope and a great future."
4) Declare: I like to go on the offensive and actually say the truth out loud. I like to say out loud, "I am not a failure because God has already told me that my future is great!"
What about you? Have you ever taken the time to address what you are listening to?