I remember another incident that happened to me several years ago when my grandmother was in the hospital with an inflamed pancreas. That condition, of course, is not contagious, but as she began to describe the pain that she was experiencing a very subtle fear thought—so slight that I didn’t even consciously recognize it at the moment—went through my mind that I was going to encounter the same problem. If it had been a conscious thought I probably would have recognized and handled it. But it was a very subtle, subconscious thought and I began feeling the same pain that my grandmother had described. Having no idea at the time that I was in spiritual warfare, and failing to recall the ever-so-slight thought that had come when I was in her hospital room, I automatically assumed that the pain was the culprit. So I simply prayed about it and took authority over the discomfort, not realizing that I was only dealing with the twig.
For the next several weeks I spent a great deal of time crying out to God, “Lord, what is wrong with my body?” I knew the pain in the area of my pancreas wasn’t just a figment of my imagination, because it would often wake me up in the middle of the night. Then one day I suddenly remembered the subtle thought I’d had in the hospital, informing me that I would have the same pancreatic attack that my grandmother was experiencing. All it took was becoming aware of the thought, because when I started pulling down that lofty notion and taking it captive with the Word, almost instantly the pain left and never returned.
Thoughts Carry Out Their Purpose Whether They Are Good or Bad
That little experience left me far wiser concerning the power that thoughts carry. The moment I accepted that implanted thought, it literally started carrying out its purpose.
It is imperative that those contradictory thoughts be pulled down because once they are adopted as our original thinking, our own body will work to turn that thought into a reality. The body was made to carry out what the mind dictates—unfortunately, the bad as well as the good. The body does not have the ability to discern the good from the bad. The mind does that. The body just follows the leading of the mind.
Thus, Satan sends the evil thought, but once the mind accepts it, our whole being begins to respond to it. A thought of sin will eventually breed sin. A thought of rejection will ultimately bring rejection into our life. Likewise, with a thought of failure, depression, despair, hurt, sickness, or divorce... If those negative thoughts are not taken captive they will sooner or later become constant bedfellows, producing fantasy thoughts that fan the fire. And it all starts right between our ears.
-Peggy Joyce Ruth
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