Do you ever feel like God keeps bringing certain topics, scriptures, or words into your life?
Do you keep hearing or seeing something that makes you think “Is God trying to tell me something!?” As a school psychologist I have always been interested in how people behave, think, and act. In graduate school I learned about a technique called Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT). The goal of CBT is to help students overcome anxiety, depression, bad attitudes, etc. If you haven’t heard of CBT before here is a brief description I found online:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a form of treatment that focuses on examining the relationships between thoughts, feelings and behaviors. By exploring patterns of thinking that lead to self-destructive actions and the beliefs that direct these thoughts, people with mental illness can modify their patterns of thinking to improve coping. –From NAMI
I have used this technique with many students before and met success! With younger students I draw a triangle and I place the words “Feelings, Thoughts, and Behaviors” at each end of the triangle. Then I ask the students what they think they have control over. More often than not they respond “definitely not my feelings!” or “That girl makes me mad and there is nothing I can do about it.” Through examples and activities I hope to teach my students that ‘yes you can change your feelings by changing your thoughts!’
About 6 months ago my mom gave me a book called Battlefield of the Mind by Joyce Meyer. I had heard of it before, but I thought “I don’t need that, I’m doing just fine.” Once I started reading it, I was hooked!! I knew my God was amazing, but I was so fascinated that the basic principles of CBT could be found in the Bible! God is so smart and I love when he shows me small parts of his magnificent nature!
The Bible tells us “For as he thinks in his heart so is he” Proverbs 23:7. I have found this to be true MANY times! If I wake up and think “today is going to be horrible, I’m so tired, I wish I were doing something else…” I am bound to have a pretty yucky day. I know this isn’t easy to change and so does the devil. That is why he is so quick to attack our thinking and our minds. Again the Bible reveals all truth and 2 Corinthians 10: 4-5 tells us:
For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.
When we start to bring every thought into captivity and check our thinking with what the Bible says we can start to identify ‘wrong thinking.’ Then we can shift our focus and mediate on things that are true, lovely, noble, praiseworthy (Philippians 4:8).
Change your thoughts and you can change your world! I love this topic so much I could go on forever. I challenge you this week to become aware of your thoughts. I never realized how much I think in my head (all day long) and how often I think things that are not of God!