I’m drawn to a statement from John the Baptist about Jesus.
He must become greater; I must become less.
I want to give the inside of my head a good fall cleaning! If only I could have one gigantic yard sale with all the old baggage that I’ve carried around for years. Why is it that I can’t remember important things that I should remember but I have senseless, useless stuff floating around ready to pop out of my mouth at the most inappropriate times.
I want to become less of what’s not important so that I can become more of what is important ~ Jesus. I ask myself how can I become more of Jesus? The answer, my friend, is easy. To allow Jesus to become more in me, I must allow the Holy Spirit, which I already have possession of, to take over and control my thoughts.
Allow the Spirit to control our thoughts.
To do this having an arsenal of right beliefs is invaluable. I am righteous because He is righteous. Jesus loves me as I am right now ~ not how I think I should be. I am Holy because He is Holy. I am in the Body of Christ ~ right now! It is not about how much I love Jesus but more so about His love for me. I will never be enough in my own strength but thankfully I don’t have to be ~ He is more than enough for all of us.
When I start thinking rotten thoughts that are discouraging, depressing, unkind, and, let’s face it, just plain nasty, these are the exact moments when I need to capture these thoughts and kick them to the curb and replace them with nice, sweet and loving thoughts of our Lord Jesus. When I master this is when ~ and only when ~ I will find that supernatural peace that defies human reasoning. The peace that is there no matter what turmoil may be surrounding me.
I’ll leave you with this wonderful verse that I found yesterday tucked away just waiting to be discovered. What a promise for our children and grandchildren and their children and grandchildren ~ ALL generations. Allow Him to become more!
For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.