JESUS’S INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO DECONSTRUCT STRONGHOLDS- Part 2
22 So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God. 23 For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy–meditate on these things.
Replace your thought content and change your thought pattern
After Jesus identified the error of their thought life to them, He then went on to give them alternative thought pattern. Whatever dominates your thought life dominates you. The error you don’t admit, you cannot change. Please be informed, your thought life is your real life. So you first have to be honest with yourself and be willing to change. Ask God to forgive you for adopting an opposing view to his plan for your life. You then need to embrace new thought content and change your focus. Friend change is not change until you change. The word of God reveals to us God’s thought pattern. People’s secrets are in their stories. God’s word tells us of Him so they are his stories. You need to deliberately choose your thought content and life based on God’s word and you will be able to successful replace your thought content with superior and divine materials. Your thought pattern determines your life pattern.
To change your thought content and pattern requires effort on your part. You are the custodian of your destiny and you have authority in Christ. So you have to take the authority in the name and blood of Jesus to destroy the hold of the negative thought pattern that has been dominating your life. Cast those imaginations down and reject their dominion over your life.
After you have removed the previous stronghold, you have to build the new system of thought pattern you want. This is where many fail but you will not fail in Jesus name. You must now find what the bible says about the topical issues in your life. What does God’s word say about marriage, money, love, work, family, greatness, self-esteem, righteousness, etc? When you find the information, extract them and set them out for easy reading.
The next thing you do is to begin to dig into them by meditating on them. Study those scripture with the intention of thoroughly understanding them and accepting their requirements. Don’t just gloss over them; adopt them as your personal ethics and life’s philosophy. When you make God thoughts your thought then your way becomes like God’s way and you get result like God.
One thing that is important in this process is declarations. You don’t change a wrong thought pattern just by replacing it with a right thought pattern; you need to vigorously declare your new thought content until it becomes your worldview. If you are dealing with stronghold of condemnation or self esteem issues, keep declaring everyday day Romans 8:1, there is therefore now no condemnation them who are in Christ Jesus. Deuteronomy 28:13- I am the head and not the tail, I shall be above only and never beneath. Jesus had to vocalise to the people he was teaching in Matthew 5, the new way to think in order to dislodge their existing wrong thinking pattern.
For further study:
Psalm 91, Deuteronomy 28:1-14
Personal declaration for the day:
I will be selective of what and who I listen to and watch. I will choose the words that paint the future I desire and expect. I will keep company with people that will inspire me to develop the godly boundaries for my life. I will pull down destructive strongholds and build up a godly stronghold and live within the boundaries of God’s word.
Questions for you to reflect on
Will this thought pattern eventually draw you closer to God or farther from Him?
Will this thought pattern give you the end result you desire for your life?