One of the people I like to read is Lysa TerKeurst. It’s not just that she spells her name like me…we’re rather rare in a world full of Lisas…but she speaks to my heart with her views about the journey she’s been on. She’s recently written a book called, Uninvited: Living Loved When You Feel Less Than, Left Out, and Lonely. I mean, that’s a title that fits us all. Who hasn’t felt less than, left out, and lonely? Umm…nobody!
At Proverbs 31 Ministries, her team has put together an online Bible study that goes along with the book, and though I haven’t bought the book yet, I did watch the videos from this week’s study. One thing that really caught my attention was a section about what we think about. I’ve written about that before, and how Elizabeth George’s book, Loving God with All Your Mind, taught me how not to allow negative self-talk to determine my self-image and mood.
This morning, in the online Bible study, Lisa pointed to 2 Corinthians 10:5 that helps us to consider about what we’re thinking about. Most usually, we hear this verse go like this: 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 (NIV). It’s an encouraging war-cry in our spiritual battles.
But then, Lysa pulled out the King James’ Version:
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 Corinthians 10:5, KJV)
I’ll admit that I’m not a huge KJV fan, but sometimes, a different version will pull out a nuance that isn’t there in another version. This is a great example of that. Lysa said that we not only have to block out the lies that the devil comes at us with, but we also have to stop our minds from imaginations, from those things we make up in our heads, once the negative seed has been planted. We tend to water those seeds planted, with our negative self-talk, and so our brains do enough damage to our self-worth without the devil needing to do more than stand by to watch us self-destruct.
She went on to say of the second part of that verse: If we raise the truth of God (scripture) higher than the self-doubts and negative self-talk, it will help us maintain a peaceful self-image as we meditate on what He thinks of us. We’re dearly loved, chosen, fearfully and wonderfully made…I could go on and on, but hopefully, you’ve gotten the picture. Now, go live it.
DAY 326 HOMEWORK: How many things can you name as a declaration of who you are in Christ? Start a reminder list as you ponder.