Sifting Our Thoughts
Have you ever wondered where your thoughts come from? Ever wondered, "Is this God speaking to me or just my own thoughts?" In discerning the source of your thoughts, it is important to understand that your thoughts come from one of three main sources -- you, God or the devil.
In the Gospel of John, Jesus warns us that the devil is a liar. "... the devil ... has always hated the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, it is consistent with his character; for he is a liar and the father of lies." John 6:44 NLT
So, how do we learn to recognize his lies? The best way to recognize his lies is by knowing what the Word of God says. God's Word is always truth. God cannot lie. He always speaks the truth, and whatever He is telling you will agree with His Word.
You can use God's Word like a sifter to sort out what you are hearing or thinking. When I bake sugar cookies from scratch, I have to sift the flour. Sometimes hard clumps will not go through the sifter. In that case, I throw them away and only use the sifted flour for my recipe. In a similar way, the things you think or hear which do not agree with the Word of God, you should toss out. Do not continue to think on them. What do I mean?
Let's say a thought pops into your head saying, "Nobody loves you." That voice is coming from the devil, for God tells you in His Word, "I have loved you with an everlasting love. With lovingkindness I have drawn you." Jeremiah 31:3. You are definitely loved. So, "nobody loves you" is a lie coming from Satan. Instead of continuing to think, "Nobody loves me," speak out loud or declare, "God loves me. I am loved. I am lovable."
A good rule to remember: If it is in God's Word, it is from God. Meditate (think about) what God says about you. Look for my next post. It will contain lies the enemy frequently speaks, what God says about it, and what you can say to declare God's Word.