Over the course of a regular day, the average human being will have around 70,000 thoughts. The sheer volume of thoughts running through our minds on a daily basis is absolutely astounding!
What happens when the overwhelming majority of these thoughts are negative and stinking? What happens to us if we repeatedly played the same chorus of negative, repetitive thoughts for months and years? A couple of definitions of chorus are: A line or group of lines repeated at intervals in a song; regularly recurring phrase or verse especially at the end of each stanza or division of a poem or song. We all have a thought or group of thoughts that are repeated at intervals in our lives on a regular basis. We have regularly recurring phrases, conversations, imaginations and memories that are likely doing more harm to us than we will ever realize.
The word of God in Proverbs 23:7 states that as a man (or woman) thinks so he (or she) is. An author James Allen in his book, As a Man Thinks states: “As he thinks, so he is; as he continues to think, so he remains… The outer conditions of a person’s life will always be found to be harmoniously related to his inner state…Men do not attract that which they want, but that which they are.”
Ladies, this is very thought-proving (pun intended). Our lives are the sum total, the absolute expression of what we have been thinking about on a consistent basis up until this present moment in time. Are you pleased with your life thus far as a Woman of God? Who is doing the thinking in your life? Is there anyone else you can hold responsible for the thoughts going through your head? It is absolutely imperative that we take a hard look at the thoughts that we allow to marinate in our minds over and over again. I can hear someone saying, “That’s impossible…I can’t control every thought that pops into my head.” No you cannot in your own power. It takes a determined effort to humble yourself before God and sincerely ask for his help to keep your mind. We must ask for the power of God to help us in taming and controlling our very active thought life. The Word says that if we ask anything in his name he would do it (John 14:14). We are also exhorted to come boldly to the throne of grace and ask directly for the help we need (Heb 4:16).
Cancel the Chorus of the Past
It is our thoughts that determine the trajectory of our life, our joy level, our ability to manifest the righteous and true heart desires given to us by God. Let’s face it, we cannot expect to walk as Graceful, Loving, Ladies of Distinction, Wisdom, Poise & Purpose, if we engage in negative self-talk all day long by noticing everything wrong with ourselves and everyone else. This will cause us to be the type of lady that No One Wants To Be Around — the kind of person that You Regret To See Heading Your Way. Instead let’s use our precious mental energy thinking and meditating on the Word of God, the things in our lives that are good, the things in life that we want — our God-given goals and dreams that would be a blessing to others. In Philippians 4:8 we are given specific things to think on – “Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise”.
Why do we waste time replaying the same old chorus about our mistakes and what we could have done or said differently? Why do we waste precious mental power re-hashing over all of the gory details of what went wrong, what is wrong with us or the other person(s) and how we can’t seem to get it together? The reason why we do this is because we somehow think that we can get some type of answer or revelation if we keep trying to figure something out. We get stuck in a mental loop of overanalyzing every single thing and we are find ourselves still stuck singing this chorus refrain when everyone else has moved on to the next song. This is a work of the flesh. There is no peace in this activity and it tends to more confusion, anxiety and upset. This is also known as Living In The Past. We must press forward (Phil 3:12-14) by forgetting those things that are behind and press forward to what lies ahead! Cancel that repeated chorus that keeps looping around in your mind over the same issue, the same person, the same situation. Stop giving your past permission to speak. In Isaiah 43:19 (MSG), the Lord strongly states: “Forget about what’s happened; don’t keep going over old history. Be alert, be present. I’m about to do something brand-new.” As long as you keep hitting the re-wind button and replaying that same tired chorus in your mind, God will not be able to move effectively in your life to position you for the next stage. You cannot move to the next chapter of your life as long as you keep re-reading the last one. Cancel that Chorus.
Cancel the Chorus of Vain Imaginations
The imagination or imaging faculty in our minds is very powerful. With it we can generate ideas and dreams. We can actually see the pictures in our mind’s eye of what can be and it is through this capacity that we are able to activate our faith. The inverse, however, is also true. A wicked or twisted imagination can cause major problems. We cannot let our imaginations run amuck about all of the worst-case scenarios in our life. If left unchecked the normal frustrations of daily life can suddenly turn into despair, anxiety, aloneness, isolation, and depression. We are Christians and we are to be ever-filled with the joy of the Lord, which is NOT contingent upon perfect circumstances. Our imaginations of what will go wrong, who will say something to hurt us, who will do this or that and having pre-planned choruses of conversations that never take place will lead us down a path that we will regret. Then we wonder how we got into such a mental and emotional state and it all started with a vain imagination.
In 2 Corinthians 10: 5-6 (NLV) we are instructed to “break down every thought and proud thing that puts itself against the wisdom of God. We take hold of every thought and make it obey Christ.” We are also reminded in 2 Timothy 1:7 (AMP) that “God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind…” You will feel fear. The enemy of our souls will make sure you feel it, but you do not have to give into it by allowing fearful thoughts to turn into some big repeating chorus in your head. Because you know God loves you (1 John 4:18), because you are complete in Christ who is the head of all power (Colossians 9:10), and because you have the Mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16), you can walk securely in life without caving into vain imaginations. Because you have a calm and well-balanced mind, you are able to use your imagination to see yourself as God sees you — Whole, Holy and Accepted in the Beloved (Ephesians 1:6 AMP), knowing that He will indeed Perfect That Which Concerns You (Psalms 138:8).
What You Think About, You Will Speak Out
Finally, ladies realize that whatever you think about, you will eventually bring about. What you think about over and over again, will eventually show up in your speech and your circumstances. This is why it is so crucial to work with the Holy Spirit in the ongoing process of training and transforming your mind. Romans 12:2 (NLT) states“…let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.” James Allen again states: “A particular train of thought persisted in, be it good or bad, cannot fail to produce its results on the character and circumstances. A man cannot directly choose his circumstances, but he can choose his thoughts, and so indirectly, yet surely, shape his circumstances. ” The tongue is very powerful (James 3:2). It is by your words you are justified and your word that you are condemned. Without proper regulation of your mind, you will be incapable of controlling your speech over the long haul and because whatever is in your mind will pop out of your mouth. Many costly and painful experiences can be directly attributable saying the wrong thing at the wrong time which comes from an unruly thought life (James 3:6).
Steps to Canceling That Chorus
1) Stay in the Word of God. Pick a verse or set of verses and “hang your hat on it” for a day or a week. Create your own unique positive confession.
2) Speak aloud this positive confession, mediate on it, and think about it. Don’t wait for some spiritual feeling, some big emotion. Do it dry. Do it without feeling anything at all. God will step in and do in you and through you what you can’t do for yourself, but you must Get the Word in your mind and in your mouth consistently.
3) Every time certain negative, painful, angry, annoying, worrisome thoughts, memories, events, conversations, situations trot through your mind immediately (not after you have been thinking it for 10 minutes) use your imagination and see yourself mentally casting the thought down at the feet of Jesus Christ at the Cross. Simply imagine yourself dragging the stinking little thought all the way to the Cross. This method works quite well.
4) Be consistent in your Prayer, Praise and Worship. In prayer ask God for grace to harness your thought life. Listen to good wholesome music and worship all the time as well as good teaching. Control your environment.
5) Have positive, Godly people to talk to and engage with. Good friends will help keep you positive and uplifted. Avoid spending significant time with individuals whom you know do not engage in godly or right thinking and speech.
6) Guard your eyes and ears – don’t watch and listen to everything on the radio or TV.
Cancel the chorus of negative voices in your head. Speak, say and think what God speaks, says and thinks about you. Cancel That Chorus!
- Every Thought (graceandgritforlivinglife.wordpress.com)
- Don’t Yield Your Mind Turf (greaterislove.wordpress.com)
- It’s Not Your Mind but Your Spirit (faith1stministries.com)