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Trust in, lean on, rely on, and have confidence in Him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts before Him.  God is a refuge for us (a fortress and a high tower).  Selah

Psalm 62:8 (AMP)

The following post is from Joyce Meyer’s Amplified Bible.  It is an excerpt she wrote about Psalm 62:8.  I pray it touches your heart like it did mine.

Psalm 62:8 teaches us that we are not to have faith in God just once in a while, but at all times.  We need to,learn to live from faith to faith (see Romans 1:17), trusting the Lord when things are good and when things are bad.

It is easy to trust God when things are going well.  But when things are not going well, we develop character by trusting God in our difficult situations.  And the more character we develop, the more our ability can be released.  That is why I say that stability releases ability.  The more stable we become, the more our ability will be released because God will know that He can trust us.

Many people have gifts that can take them to places where their character cannot keep them.  Gifts are given, but character is developed.  I have learned this in my own life.

Throughout my childhood, one thing I could do well was talk.  In school, I could talk enough to make the teacher think I understood everything she was teaching, when I really knew nothing about it.  I have always been a communicator and a convincer.  But in order for God to allow me in the pulpit to preach to millions every day, not only did I have to have a gift, I also had to have character so that He could trust me to use my mouth to teach His Word and communicate His heart.  Otherwise, He could not allow me to teach that many people, because I might say one thing one day and something else the next day.  Or, even worse, I might preach to others what I was unable to do in my own private life.

By disciplining our emotions, our moods, and our mouths, we become stable enough to remain peaceful, whatever our situation or circumstance, so that we can walk in the fruit of the Spirit—whether we feel like it or not.  The more stable we become, the more ability can be released through us.  Desire and pursue stability in every area of your life so that all the ability in you can be released.

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“We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” ~ 2 Corinthians 10:5

My thoughts are all over the place today.  I’m very frustrated by it and it gets me concerned when I’m like this.  Concerned for what?  I don’t know.  To make a bad choice, or maybe I know anxiety or a panic attack could be right around the corner.  Is it the devil messing with me?  How do I know?  I pray for discernment. 

Discernment means understanding or an insight.  Before I can decipher my thoughts, I have to be aware of what I’m thinking about.   I try to do what Joyce Meyer tells us in her book, “Battlefield of the Mind” to,

“think about what we are thinking about.”

I’m exhausted just thinking about what I’m thinking about.  Has someone ever said to you, “you think too much.”  Don’t you just want to smack’em?  I’m kidding of course…kinda.Smile 

I believe God blessed me with a thinking brain.  I also just need to turn my mind off sometimes.  I will watch something on tv that’s silly and doesn’t serve a purpose except to make you laugh.  I like the sitcoms from Seinfeld, Everybody Loves Raymond and King of Queens.   Those usually do the trick and give my mind a much needed rest.  Watching TV is all well and fine but I still need to keep my thoughts straightened out and not go to bed with a mind of confusion. 

Even if I read some Scripture before falling asleep, I swear the devil attacks me in my dreams!   I have very vivid dreams and I can remember them.  I wake up feeling heavy, like something terrible just happened.  I feel like have sinned!  I talk to God right away and get the connection between Him and I started before my feet his the ground.  I even ask for forgiveness for what I was doing in the dream, just in case.  It’s important for me to have no seperation from God and if my mind believes a stupid dream can do that well then……I’m asking God for forgiveness in Jesus’ name……don’t know it’s something I should do but……what can it hurt?  I’m doing what we say C.Y.A., in other words I’m covering all the bases.

I read an article by Father Dan Burke about discernment.  He says,

The unmanaged musings of an injured soul can easily lead us away from the peace that Christ has for us and into further sin or destructive behavior.

Father Burke is telling us we have to maintain our heart and keep it in right standing with Christ.  If left unmanaged or neglected, it is much easier to sin.  Although the devil can’t read our thoughts, he has been watching us for our whole lives so he can learn what makes us “tick”.  The enemy knows our strengths and weaknesses just as our Lord and Savior does.  That is why it is so important we study God’s Word and know it for ourselves.   We’ve all heard the saying, “knowledge is power”,but knowledge is strength too.

I think there is a certain level of faith involved in discerning our thoughts.  I believe sometimes we just don’t know!  And that’s okay.  It’s not always easy for me to discern my thoughts.  My way of thinking can be very messed up because of my past, but God is a healing God.  He has healed my mind as well as my soul.   Just reading the Bible has brought me so much healing in my mind and thoughts.  I shouldn’t say “just”.  It is very apparent in my life that reading the Bible has had a major impact on me and my thought life.  In fact, my thinking is more clearer now than it ever has been my entire life!  That may sound good, but I get confused and think too many things at once.  I want to know the “why” of things.  In being like this it makes me open up God’s Word and search it out.   Search it out and find out what’s going on in my mind and how I can get rid of this inner turmoil.  I want peace, not racing thoughts that give me unrest and anxiety. 

God is a peaceful God so any thoughts that are giving me anxiety or unrest are most likely not from Him.  So I pray and believe my loving Lord and Savior will help me discern my thoughts and keep me strong and intact.  Satan will use my thoughts of reasoning and wanting to know the “why” of everything against me and keep me away from the will of God.  For me, all I can say is I will have to stay very close to my Lord when my thoughts are like this and keep my nose in the Scriptures.  The thoughts will then start to slow down and I’ll find rest in my thinking.

In closing, this article has been difficult for me to write because my thoughts were all over the place and it has taken me a week to finish it.  I am asking my friends and fellow readers, to enlighten me if the post sounded rambling and I would love some wisdom about discernment of thoughts from  you!  I cherish all of you as I know God works through people!

My blessings today….

I sold more books today on Ebay than I have in the past 4 weeks.

I have no money for postage but my Savior provided a way.

I had an awesome interview at a fine dining restaurant. Fingers crossed, I hope it get it!

My magnificent Holy Father has made me aware of His presence today.

I woke up to Joyce Meyer on my TV giving me hope, courage, and her antics made me laugh.

I read the blogs I follow and they touched my heart, made me giggle and they brought a warmth & comfort to my heart.

God showed me that no matter my situation, He is there and I WILL be taken care of.

The devil tried to put lies in my head, but I recognized it and took captive of my thoughts in Christ Jesus.

My car doesn’t feel right and needs repair but was able to get me to the places I needed so I could fill out applications for employment.

I was able to get home before it rained.

My dog was there as soon as I opened the door with a big smile on his face, tail wagging.

I saw how many views, new followers, comments and “likes” I had for my blog.

I had a good day………

I can’t stress enough how much I have been helped by committing God’s Word to memory. I can remember the first three to five weeks of not using drugs or alcohol. You see…..I had many, many “first weeks”. They were always the same and always a little worse than the last time. (I don’t like using the word “always” when describing my life experiences but in this case it really is true.) I was obviously doing something wrong, or not doing something I should have been doing in my numerous attempts to stay clean.

When I started taking a different approach to my recovery, the very first woman who influenced me was Joyce Meyer. After hearing her testimony and her knowledge and love for God, I wanted what she had and I wanted it bad! I wanted my inner life to be just like hers. I wanted the inner turmoil and torment to cease. I wanted the racing thoughts to stop. I wanted to be able to take control of my thought life and acquire inner peace. I wanted clarity and a sharp mind.  So I took her advice. I started to memorize some Scripture.  As cravings and dark thoughts started invading my mind, I would rebuke Satan and revert to the Scripture I had committed to memory.  I would say it out loud if I was able.  I would keep saying the Scripture until the bad thought went away.

During this time, I had to use public transportation to get around.  I would use the local bus system to go shopping and to the library.  It never was a dull moment on these bus trips.  I came to dread them.  My experiences on these trips to the store usually meant my inevitable encounter with someone discussing drugs.  Why that was, I don’t know, but I contribute it to Satan attacking me wherever & whenever he could.  In order to keep myself from the anxiety and fear of these bus rides, I made little business card-like note cards and wrote Scriptures on them.  I kept them in my wallet where I normally kept my pictures.  I would pull these out and place them on my lap as soon as I found my seat on the bus.  By doing this, I was able to focus my thoughts on memorizing new Scriptures as the “drug talk” was going on around me.  And it worked!  It was not easy but I believe with all my heart that,

“Greater is He that is in me, than he that is in the world.” 1 John 4:4

There are so many other benefits to memorizing scripture:

—  our prayer life benefits.  By building up a supply of Scripture in our minds it can enhance our prayer life.

—  the Holy Spirit can work through our Scripture memory to change us and guide us.

—  transformation by the renewing of our mind is made possible through committing Scripture to memory.

— it allows us to take captive our thoughts in obedience of Christ.

“We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”     2 Cor. 10:5

As I come across a Scripture that I had used to get me through those bus rides, I reflect back to the early days of sobriety.  What was once a very scary time for me now brings me a sense of warmth and comfort—how I was able to overcome a very vulnerable time by the help and strength from my magnificent Holy Father whom I’ve grown to love so much.  And as for Joyce Meyer, well…….she still plays a big part in my new life journey with Jesus.  And I am ever grateful for that.

“Now your attitudes and thoughts must all be constantly changing for the better. Yes, you must be a new and different person, holy and good. Clothe yourself with this new nature.”  (Eph. 4:23-24  TLB) 

How do we change our thoughts?  How do we change our way of thinking?  This was really baffling to me and to be quite honest, I didn’t believe it.  After all, I am who I am, right?  I have no control over what thought pops into my head.  I mean, I must have a million thoughts a day.  How in the world can a person change the way they think?  I can’t control that……..or can I?

God’s Word gives us all the instruction we need in order to do this.  It doesn’t happen overnight, in a week, or a month, a year…..it is a constant thing.  I am excited to share with others how you can change how you think.  You can choose your thoughts and you don’t have to just fly by the seat of your pants with every thought that pops into your head.

We have so much more power over our minds than we realize.  The devil will try and convince you of just the opposite.  Don’t believe it!  It’s a lie!  We don’t have to settle for “I was born this way…”.  For many, many years I was stuck in a mindset that was shaped by the dysfunction around me and by the choices I had made.  My views and perspective on things weren’t right.  It’s understandable why I thought the way I did, but it wasn’t right thinking.  It didn’t bring glory to God. 

Joyce Meyer, author and world-known teacher/evangelist says,

“Your problem is really not your problem.  It’s your attitude toward your problem that’s the problem.” 

In other words, our perspective, how we see things.  It was pretty clear to me that I was an out-of-control addict for many years.  I was born with it.  I couldn’t help it.  It’s just who I am and how I’m made.  I don’t know anything different.  I’ve tried to change but it doesn’t work.  I told myself these things on a daily basis.  Yes, I hated it, but couldn’t change it.  Why? Because I had to have a renewed, God-like thinking in order to change.

  • Be aware of your thoughtsIf a wrong thought pops into your head, the Bible tells us to cast down that thought.

“Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.”  (2 Cor. 10:5)

What this means is if we have a wrong thought we are to dismiss it and replace it with a God-like thought.  This is where we “choose” our thoughts. I have found that memorizing a Bible verse and saying it to myself (or out loud) will usually dispel the bad thought pretty quickly.  

  • Saturate your mind with reading God’s Word.  If you are a super busy mom or a person with no real time to sit and read, get some post it notes, write some scriptures on them and place them around the house, on your dashboard, around your desk or office.  When you see them, read them.  Say them out loud if you can.
  • God tells us what to think about.  Philippians 4:8 says,

“…fix your thoughts on what is true, and good and right.  Think about things that are pure and lovely, and dwell on the fine, good things in others.  Think about all you can praise God for and be glad about it.”  (The Living Bible)

One of the perks of thinking a new way is the wonderful peace that comes with it.  Confusion and a wandering mind doesn’t come from God.  Peace and contentment comes from God.  The closer we can get our thoughts to align with His, we can have a healthier and more enjoyable thought life.


A little about me........my name is Michele and I am a born-again Christian. I was saved as a teenager and graduated from a Christian high school. I am a mother of one son who is the world to me. Despite my upbringing, later in life I fell into a life of self destruction which led me down many dark paths. I am a recovering addict and alcoholic and I have a great passion for Christ and His amazing power to heal even the worst cases. I am living proof of the miracle of God's power to change your life and way of thinking. Nothing is impossible with God.

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