In my short time as a Bible teacher, I've spoke on this topic twice, and I can tell you the steps to take to get rid of it. But if you don't keep them up, you're bound to have a relapse. I've been missing some of the steps in my daily routine so before I sat down to write this evening I took a bath in the Word.
One of the verses that I read is 1 Peter 4:11 "If anyone speaks he should do it as one speaking the very words of God." But I think we can apply that to our thoughts too. "If any one
Proverbs 4:20-25, "...pay attention to what I say; listen closely to my words. Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to a man's whole body. Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life. Put away perversity from your mouth; keep corrupt talk far from your lips. Let your eyes look straight ahead, fix your gaze directly before you." This verse tells me that I need to keep his word always on my mind, be careful of what I think and say and most importantly always keeping my focus on Him. This seems difficult, but when you think about it, it really isn't. Stay in God's word everyday. Focus on Him and He will direct your mind. Simple. I know life gets in the way and sometimes people can be so darn annoying but our perspective much change if our minds are going to. If I'm ever gonna be cured of this 'ol Stinkin' Thinkin', I've got to keep a Kingdom perspective.
After I bathed in the Word, I thought I'd protect my mind with some prayer. Talking it out with my Heavenly Daddy, and confessing my Stinkin' Thinkin' helps to protect my heart. He already knows what I thought, but by recognizing my sin I'm taking ownership for my behavior and giving God control over it. Giving God control is the ultimate protection. We also need to be protecting our minds with the Armor of God each day. Pray Ephesians 6:11, 14-18 "...the belt of truth buckled around your waist,...the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests."
Hebrew 13:15 reminds me to, "...continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise - the fruit of lips that openly profess his name." If music can soothe the savage beast then praise music can heal my Stinkin' Thinkin'. I'm telling ya, I can't be a sour grape when I'm singing praises to God, it's just not possible.
John 10:10 tells me, "I (the Lord) have come that they may have life, and have it to the full." I'm putting Jesus' sacrifice to shame when I'm not living according to His plan and purpose for my life. He DIED so I could have a full life, not so I could go around Stinkin' the place up.
Wow that felt good, I'm feeling cleaner now, PRAISE THE LORD!
"Dear Lord, thank you for giving me your word to bath my stinkin' mind in. Thank you for your Holy protection, I praise you Heavenly Father for sending my precious Jesus to give me a life really worth living. I pray that you touch the hearts of my sisters out there who may be feelin' stinky too. Give them the desire to go through your wash cycle right now." AMEN!