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It Starts With A Thought

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Main Scriptures: Rom.12:1-3

More Scriptures: Rom.8:6, Rom.7:23, 1Cor.2:16

While I was meditating on the challenges husbands are faced with and their responses, the Holy Spirit, my Teacher and Guide said these words to me. “Everything begins with a thought” . He said that every negative lifestyle and habit that husbands find themselves in begin with a thought. Wife battering, adultery, dishonesty, lack of confidence, bitterness, envy, hopelessness, insecurity, fear, unforgiveness, hatred, tightfistedness, addiction to pornography and drugs all begin with a thought. It is when the negative thoughts are not stopped that it becomes life. This is because thoughts are like seeds. And until the farmer provides the right environment for the seeds, it will remain seed and will not bear fruits. You must understand that as the shepherd over the flock of Jesus Christ, you may not be able to stop thoughts from flying over your heart. But you have the power to determine which thoughts (seeds) require nurturing to grow. You and I will be tempted on a daily basis, irrespective of our level of anointing. As long as you and I are in this world, we would have to make choices whether rightly or wrongly. So, don’t ask why I am being tempted. It is normal. But how do you ensure that only the right thoughts (seeds) gain root in your heart and consequently bear fruits that will affect your wife and children positively? Rom.12:1-3, provides the answers. Don’t copy the behaviour and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect (Rom.12:2) NLT. The King James Version renders it this way, be not conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind.

So, the way of escape for you is to place every thought side by side the word of God. You do this by comparing the seed in your head and the will of God. If the seed in your head is contrary to what the Bible has offered, quickly throw it away. And there are two weapons you can use to shut the thoughts. The first is to plead the blood of Jesus Christ (Rev.12:10-12). The second is to speak in the Holy Ghost-speaking in unknown tongues. As the head of the family, the will of God for you is to please Him. God wants you to do His will for your wife and children. You are His ambassador in your sheepfold. And He has provided His word-the Bible-to help you know His will and what you can do to walk in it. You are not a victim but a victor. What you don’t like don’t watch. What you don’t like starve it until it dies.

SPIRITUAL EXERCISE

·         Father, in the Name of Jesus, uproot every thought that has become a stronghold in my life.

·         Father, in the Name of Jesus, destroy the power of the enemy holding me back from doing Your will.

·         Father, in the Name of Jesus, let the power of the gospel save me from the pressures of sin and its attractions.

FAITH CONFESSION

I keep watch over my thoughts and nurture only those that will bring honour to Jesus Christ, my wife and children because that is my destiny as a good and godly husband in Jesus name. Amen.


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