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May 2, 2016, 11:00 PM


by Brenda Farmer



2 Samuel 7:28

For you are God, O Sovereign Lord. Your words are truth, and you have promised these good things to your servant.


Proverbs 3:3

Do not let kindness and truth leave you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart.


John 8:31

32 And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”


THE TRUTH…To tell the truth is something we learn from parents and teachers early in life. 


“Brush your teeth and go to bed, I’ll come tuck you in shortly!”  Can’t you just hear the words of Mom as the memory flows through your mind?  As you snuggle into bed, here she comes…”Did you brush your teeth?”  You respond, “yes, I did”…she didn’t buy it.  Instead, she wants to inspect your teeth!  Then the redundant discourse begins about “always tell the truth”.  Thank Goodness for the precious parents, teachers, preachers, Sunday School teachers and others who continue to instill the necessity of truth in this world!


Today, I want to talk to you about the Truth of God’s Word, and how we can be empowered by His Truth.  How we can quote and stand on the Truth of God’s Word when we pray.  I encourage you to find scriptures on the subject of your prayer needs, and pray what God’s Word says about it.  Jesus did this very thing.  Prime example is when He was tempted after 40 days of fasting and praying in the wilderness before He began His Ministry.  When He was tempted by Satan, Jesus quoted God’s Word and rebuked him.  There was VICTORY over evil!


Not long ago, a friend shared with me about the torment of “negative” unwanted thoughts and bitter memories that continued to circle through the mind due to issues in life.  Some call those thoughts “self-talk” because we talk to ourselves...come on, admit it, we all do it…sometimes it’s healthy, but sometimes it’s not.  Some people call the recurrent negative thoughts “toxic thinking”, and some call them “stinking thinking”.  For the purpose of this writing today, I will refer to the “negative” unwanted thoughts and bitter memories as “toxic thinking” because they poison our thought life, our bodies, and our relationships.


To be descriptive, “toxic thinking”can roll through the mind like a long train rolling down the tracks.  The thoughts keep circling over and over in your head.  They drag up all kinds of ugly emotion. You can be distracted for a little while, but then you see an object, a person, a truck, a car, a picture, a movie, etc., and sure enough, here comes the train!  Maybe, you are trying to go to sleep, or you wake up in the night, and then…THE WHISTLE IS BLOWING AGAIN!


It can be frustrating and exhausting!


Sometime ago, I went through a very difficult season in my life.  I had issues with trust, rejection, insecurity, unforgiveness, bitterness, and anger…to mention a few.  Technically, I had forgiven the villain, but my self-talk of negative thoughts and bitter memories was unhealthy and destructive.  I suffered from “toxic thinking”.  Quite honestly, it made me act a little crazy at times…well, some might say the “little” is underrated.  But, to say the least, I had to learn to do spiritual battle.  I learned some things that I would like to share with you.


One of the most powerful things that I learned is to “pray God’s Word”.  I had repeatedly cried out to God to stop the “toxic thinking”.  But after some time, through God’s Word and much prayer, I learned to focus my prayer while utilizing The Truth in His Word.


A powerful and effective prayer that I learned to repeat when I had “toxic thinking” is based on 2 Cor. 10:3-5:

3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:

4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)

5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;


My prayer would be something like this:
"Dear God, I take these thoughts captive, in the Name of Jesus, and I submit these thoughts to You, Jesus." 

I would picture myself cupping these thoughts with my hands and laying them at the feet of Jesus.  Then, I would let go of them (very important step). I also asked Him to remove the bad emotions attached to these thoughts.


Other scriptures that I frequently prayed, and still pray:

Psalms 51:10:  Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

Psalms 19:14: Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.


Truly, I want God to renew, restore and shape me into the person that He wants me to be.  Frequently, I pray that God would purge out of me the things that do not please Him…Let me just say, this is a prayer that He will, indeed, answer…


Another great scriptural truth is Isaiah 59:19:  …When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him.


Praying Isaiah 59:19, can be very powerful and effective.  Many times when I felt powerless and overwhelmed, I have prayed that God would lift up a standard against evil who seeks to bring harm to me and my family.  Recurrent “toxic thinking” can bring harm to us; they can damage health and destroy relationships.  I respectfully remind God that His Word states that He will come against evil in my behalf.  God honors His Word, He cannot lie. (Titus 1:2)   He is rich in grace, mercy, patience, unfailing love and faithfulness. (Exodus 34:6)  God loves us as much as He loves His Son, Jesus! (John 17:23)  He wants to take care of us.  He wants us to prosper, be safe, to have hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11)  God wants us to have peace.  One of my favorite scriptures about peace is “And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:7) This scripture reassures me that God’s peace will protect my body, my mind and my soul.


Even though I have victory over a disturbing thought life from the past, I still have to pray these scriptures and take thoughts captive at times.  Also, I try to always end my prayers with “according to the will of The Father” …because Jesus said so.  (Mathew 6:10)


May these words help you or someone you know.  May God richly Bless you and yours with The Truth and The Power of His Word!

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