Tuesday, April 17, 2012

more on tripwires

recently i have been pondering more on tripwires. the Lord has been showing me how they work in my life, and I believe it is a common thing. a tripwire, in the spiritual sense, can be anything that triggers an old way of thinking that used to get you and keep you in a hole of some kind, or cause a mental disturbance that set off an emotional storm. anything like that. its probably different for each person, but the same principal. like me, for example (since i know my own experience best), i saw on the cover of the 'believers voice of victory' the headline for an article called 'living the dream'. it became a tripwire for me. it set off a rash of thoughts about how i always miss out, how i always fail to achieve or obtain, how everyone else gets the prize but i miss it. it isnt a rational line of thinking, but because of a series of events earlier in life a foundation for such a belief was laid, and then later built upon because i had accepted it as my lot, it became a stronghold in my mind. after becoming a Christian, i set about to pull it down because it opposes the knowledge of God. remnants still remain, or else there could be no effective tripwires. thing about them is, you never know when, where, or in what form they are going to be. you know them when you hit one. avoiding them is impossible. dismantling the traps they set off, by casting out imaginations and renewing the mind, is the only way to render them useless. what effect is a tripwire if there is nothing for them to set off? its nothing but silly string then.
so, identifying the tripwires is not important. dealing with the thoughts they trigger is. if something gets triggered, and it brings despair or causes you to feel downcast, identify the belief that is the basis for those thoughts, and see if they match what the Word of God says about you. then start casting out the old belief and replacing it with the Word of God, which is living and active and able to discern between bone and marrow, spirit and soul. the soul must always yield to the spirit, because the spirit is already in the image of God. the soul - the mind and the emotions - is what we renew to make it match the Word.
easy peasy, right? well ... not always so easy. but that quality decision to do it makes all the difference.

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  1. It's often easy to assume the mind is neutral or our friend but an undisciplined mind is anything but an ally. I find that the Word of God is such a blessing because it does cut through the things that aren't best for us versus what God intends. There's not a day when we don't need the light to our pathway!

  2. ya the mind is like a dog. needs training. diligent, consistant training. it wants to do well, and needs jobs to do. the Word trains it, and removes that which is not like God, and replaces it with that which is like God.

    funny how Adam was tripped up by the lie that God didnt want him to be like Himself, and thats why He said no to the tree of the knowledge of good and evil - all the while he was already like God, created in His very image and likeness. now, with the prevelence of religious legalism, man is so afraid of trying to be like God, and yet that is exactly what we are called to become - a returning to that image, only incorruptible, with the head start that the spirit already is recreated to be like Him from the moment we are born again.

  3. Hey kirstin! It was lovely to see you and your comment on my blog thanks :) It is rare to achieve the prestige of a comment on blogger so it was a lovely surprise to see your good self :)And you KNOW i just totally love this post of yours!!