At Tuesday night’s Bible Study, my Pastor made a point that has been sticking with me all week: “What are you filled with?”
He defined fill as in “what are you allowing to influence your decisions.”
He went on to make some good points:
- Whatever you give your mind/heart to is what will influence your choices ( if you’re filled with the Word, then that will lead you, if you’re filled with worldly thoughts, that will lead you as well..away from God!)
- When you’re filled with other things, there’s no room for the Holy Spirit to fully reign in your life. You limit the ability of the Holy Spirit to work through you in your life, because he doesn’t go against our free will. ( The Holy Spirit can only respond to the Word that’s put in you.)
- If we’re being filled with the Holy Spirit, then it shouldn’t be so easy for the enemy to “dump” his toxic thoughts into our minds.
This last point really hit home with me because I know I often struggle with my thought process. I’m constantly having to tell my flesh we don’t think that way anymore. (Especially when pain hits!)
Side Note: If you have ever used unhealthy methods to sooth pain, your brain is programmed to go to old habits to get a “fix” to feel better. The thought becomes second nature. And the saying is true that old habits are hard to break. Jesus! )
Pastor brought up the example of Aninias and his wife in Acts 5:1-7. Do we even fight the enemy when he tries to plant a negative seed in our thoughts? Or do we allow the seed to take root and we meditate on it all day, giving the enemy the satisfaction of what he wants?
To counteract this, my pastor brought up the idea of being intentional in pursuing peace. Being mindful and guarding your heart ( your mind and your ears) Let’s be honest, sometimes it’s a lot easier to go with the negative thought than to fight against it and come to peace. Especially depending on the situation. We all have our struggles, I know I can’t be alone!
But for me, I had to do a reality check When I get hit with stuff and I have to make a choice whether to take the seed of the enemy or pursue the peace of God, am I allowing the Holy Spirit to lead me or do I go with my flesh? What have I intentionally set my mind on?
Lately, I’ve been going with my flesh. I can’t lie. =/ And although it hasn’t been MAJOR things in my life, or some of the bigger sins I once delved in, the small things count too. (Sin is sin!) For example, how I treat my coworkers at work. The past few weeks, I can’t say I’ve been the nicest. I’ve had several incidents where my attitude had to be put in check. I’ve had to apologize to coworkers, and even humble myself and offer help to people that made me mad. It takes being filled and lead by the Holy Spirit to walk that out! Believe me! I’ve learned a lot about my nice-nasty ways in treating people lately, and I thank God for showing me truth. It’s a blessing, so that I can now walk forward with him in fixing it.
So I encourage you that the next time you have to make a decision, stop to think who or what is filling you? Who or what is driving you in your choices? And that as you grow in your walk, to practice being more intentional about what you set your mind on.
Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of respect, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if something is excellent or praiseworthy, think about these things.”
#FallingUpward….to be continued