When I was a kid I sort of went through a season of having a bad mouth. When I would curse, I can vividly—VIVIVDLY, remember kicking, screaming, and begging for forgiveness whilst my mom pulled me into the bathroom and scrubbed my tongue with a bar of soap. It was absolutely the worst punishment ever. But now, what do ya know—I never curse (never = rarely). Now that I look back at that traumatising experience, I am so thankful for my mom because she didn't just say she'd deal with it later and leave me cursing like a sailor, she decided to prepare me for the future and help me to mature!
Just like my mom used to have to wash my mouth out with soap in order to teach me a lesson, I have to hide God's word in my heart and speak it out of my mouth to teach my mind a lesson.
In order to renew our minds and become more mature, it's vital that we guard our hearts and take every thought, emotion, and impulse captive to the structure of life shaped by Christ!
For me, the easiest way to do this is to speak God's word over whatever I'm facing (even if I can't speak it audibly, you get the point—speak it in your mind if you have to). It's so so easy to do, for example: if you're angry, use your iPhone to google what God's word says about anger! Hello! Start killing off those terrible thoughts and strongholds bit by bit. Start putting what God says about your situation into your situation. Don't let your emotions, thoughts, and impulses rule you. Let God help to mature and bring the best out of you, you'll be so much better for it! "Emotions are a great servant, but a terrible master." —Christine Caine
Scripture to Note:
The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 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. (2 Corinthians 10:4-5 NIV)
My son, pay attention to what I say; turn your ear 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 one’s whole body. Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. Keep your mouth free of perversity; keep corrupt talk far from your lips. (Proverbs 4:20-24 NIV)
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. (Romans 12:2 NIV)
Cole Nesmith is one of the greatest guys in the world! He is a champion of excellence. He desires to bring God his best in everything that he does! He is a great friend and leader. He is part of Barefoot Church in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, but has been attending Hillsong College in Sydney, Australia since January. We are so excited to have him as a guest writer!