Many times waking up in the morning can be like a car crossing an intersection and suddenly getting broadsided by a semi truck loaded full of negative thoughts, accusations, and worries. If we are not careful these thoughts can consume our active mind and give us a day of depression that results in a troubled night of fitful sleep resulting from the worst day you could ever experience.
But to take you back to the beginning of the situation I just described to you, you must understand that putting on the mind of Christ gives you the most incredible protection from this deluge of negative thoughts. The mind of Christ is literally putting on the helmet of salvation. This helmet protects you from all mental interruptions.
The way the helmet of salvation works is similar to the technology of noise cancellation, which is used in modern headphones to silence outside noise (such as the roar of airplane engines while flying). Of course, God’s helmet of salvation is much more sophisticated because it is a firewall that melts the fiery darts of distractions, causing them to drop into your lower stomach, so then you can literally flush them out in the toilet.
But this only works if you are disciplined and do not let any of the garbage to come out of your mouth. Remember that Jesus said, “Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man.” So speaking respectfully in simple language ~ if you happen to listen to garbage, shut up, don’t speak or repeat ~ just go to the bathroom.
Now that we have settled the crude part of this understanding, let us go to the more refined, delicate, and creative portions of what God wants to release in you. What I mean here is “thought preservation.” It is a type of thought “scaffolding” ~ a temporary structure that allows previously unbelievable thoughts that are so good and wonderful, to remain in your mind until the actual miracle occurs and is manifested in your life!
And the larger your adventure becomes, the longer you will need to preserve the thought scaffolding. For example, Abraham had to believe God would give him and Sarah a son ~ and to keep trusting in God’s promise for 25 years. That was a long time for the scaffolding of faith to stay erected in his mind. But there are good reasons for this long period of patience, for James tells us, “to let patience have its perfect work that you may be entire lacking nothing.”
This truth is very important because it speaks about perfect completion and perfect fulfillment of everything that God has promised you. Think about it! Every dream, every vision that God has given you since you were a little child He is willing to fulfill ~ if you will let patience have its perfect work. But this also means that you’ll let the structure of the scaffolding of faith in your mind to be renewed daily ~ and also protected by the helmet of salvation from any semi truck, loaded full of bad thoughts, that comes by trying to crash into your mind.
[In next week’s blog I’m going to talk more about advancing this thought process. I also would like to take a moment to invite any of you who read my blog to download the application called Periscope, and then follow Richard Gazowsky so you can join me in prayer.]