God and Sexual Assault

Focusing Your Thoughts

Taking every thought captive.

As discussed the last two weeks I’m continuing with our minds and thoughts this week.

Do you know that your brain is the most powerful organ in your body? It holds your trauma, it keeps all your organs working, and ultimately keeps you alive. That is why when we process trauma, and calm the amygdala in the brain, the trauma does not affect us as it used to.

Since your brain is the most powerful organ, then your thoughts that go in and out affect how the rest of your body feels. Think about this: when you feel down and depressed do you go back and think about what you just read, watched or thought about?

Are you reliving and only focusing on the trauma you endured? What you don’t have instead of what you do? Are you reading all the negative news stories that are out there? Are you scrolling Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok and looking at the “happy” faces of people who are showing you only a second of their life?

All of these things affect how you feel. Your thoughts are powerful. The Bible talks to us about taking every thought captive.

“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

What does that look like? When you have negative thoughts, or ruminating thoughts, or can’t seem to bring yourself out of funk: You need to refocus.

Think of your thoughts like a stage and what do you have the spotlight on? You need to redirect it so that it is not on the same negative thing.

How do you do this?

You can journal out your thoughts and feelings and then end with listing 3 things you’re thankful for or that are “positive” and “good”.

You can simply change what you are filling your mind with. What shows are you watching? What news are you listening to? Open your Bible and read the truth of what God has to say.

I heard a pastor one time talk about garbage in and garbage out. Which is true. What goes in will come out in one way or another.

I promise if you begin to think about positive, lovely, and good things, that your spirit will lift, your depression will ease, and your anxiety will let up.

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.: Phil. 4:8

Ultimately, if we remember that if we know Jesus, we are spending eternity with Him in heaven – nothing can compare to that amazing truth. Jesus came to die for you so you can spend eternity in heaven. Wow – you are loved THAT much!

When you begin to allow that wonderful truth to set in then the negative (which is only here on earth) will not matter.

How much time are you giving to negative things that are affecting your thoughts, feelings – your brain? The most powerful organ? Take that to God today and ask Him to help you focus on the Truth and the positive.

You are loved beyond measure my friends! Take that Truth to heart today and think about what heaven will be like!

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