*Thursday 9.20.12 – Renewing our Minds # 3*
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How do we get the garbage out? Yesterday we looked at keeping new garbage from coming in by doing whatever it takes to eliminate visual sexual images from entering our minds through what we look at. However, most of us have a full library of past images, past sexual activities, past fantasies and have the ability to always make more.
Time for an extreme makeover. Watch any makeover show and one thing they all have in common … there is a lot of junk that needs to go. There is ripping and tearing, digging, jack-hammering and hauling off to the dump the old stuff before you bring in the new.
Here are two things that have helped me …
First – early in my recovery I got on my knees and asked the Lord to take all of those images, memories, past events … every sexual sinful thought I have ever put in my brain and seal them inside iron doors and weld those doors shut. Seal the edges and help me to never try to open it up again.
Now there have been times when I am down when I have tried to peek under the door to catch a glimpse. However, I quickly got up, asked the Lord’s forgiveness and moved on. As my recovery has progressed that has become a very infrequent event.
Second – I developed a prayer that for a long time was part of my prayer times. It comes out of this passage in 2 Corinthians 10:3-5
“For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. 4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, *they have divine power to demolish strongholds.* 5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”
We have weapons that are not of this world. Other than the sword of the Spirit I do not know what Paul is talking about. So I would just leave it up to the Spirit. I would pray that the Spirit of God would begin to tear down the ideas, the lies and the worldly thought processes that had become a part of my thinking patterns. Ask Him to demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God. Call upon Him to go in and do the demolition work.
As I kept praying that prayer … He answered it. Slowly but surely the fog lifted and light began to pour in. I started to see things as they truly are. I learned to notice when my thinking started going down old paths of fear, shame and abuse.
So I encourage you to pray that prayer … daily and ask the Spirit to change the way you think. Tomorrow we will look at the end of that verse – taking every thought captive.