We are taught the importance of decluttering our spaces. Cleaning and removing things we no longer use has proven to be very beneficial. We are able to think more clearly and our moods are improved. We must do the same with our minds. Our minds store so many memories, and ideas. It is easy to see how forgiveness can be hard for us. It is crucial that we take the time to sift through our mind so that we can decipher our own thoughts from the enemy.
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
John 10:10 NIV
Yesterday morning I took my son for a walk. Prior to that I received a text from someone about being cautious with my son. I spent the first part of my walk upset. I felt like the person was calling me a horrible mother. I brought these feelings to God and he revealed my broken heart. I found that text message offensive because I lacked confidence in myself. I didn’t realize I was dealing with self-esteem issues. I allowed Satan to plant seeds in my mind which made me believe that people were out to get me. It became very difficult to distinguish which thoughts were mind and of the Lord from Satan’s thoughts. As I continued to poor my heart to God, I was able to see clearly why I was truly upset. There was fear and pain hidden inside me. I never took the time to release them. They remained stored and packed away. It wasn’t until I began to pray and clean out my mind, that these things resurfaced. By giving my mind up to Christ, I was able to rid these thoughts and make room to receive word from God.
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
Romans 12:2 NIV
Coming to this epiphany was so real. I felt peace in my heart. My mind has been free from the reign of Satan. I am not what He has made me believe I am. I am not a failure nor am I weak. I have power that dwells within me. Chains in my heart have been broken and it’s all because I lifted my cares to the Lord. Negative thoughts I am able to distinguish as not mine because I know the plans He has for me.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Jeremiah 29:11 NIV
I pray you allow yourself to go before the Lord and really pour out your deepest troubles. He makes all things new. He can renew your mind and restore your joy! Take the moment to cast your cares upon him. He loves you!