We’re sons. We’re learning to govern creation and to co-create with God. But governing first begins with our own souls, bodies and lives.
In past seasons, I learned to honestly acknowledge what was resonating inside of me and to give those thoughts and feelings a voice, so that they could be revealed and healed. But this season is different. One night, I was experiencing a barrage of swirling thoughts, when the Father said to me, “What makes you think you have the right to think any thoughts other than Mine?” Then, He showed me something so obvious that I couldn’t believe I had missed it. He showed me that filters for both my mind and my emotions are found in His written word. He has been teaching me how to co-create with Him by aligning myself with His thoughts, His feelings and His words, but for some reason, I had never looked at it this way. Here’s the filter for our thoughts:
Finally, believers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable and worthy of respect, whatever is right and confirmed by God’s word, whatever is pure and wholesome, whatever is lovely and brings peace, whatever is admirable and of good repute; if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think continually on these things [center your mind on them, and implant them in your heart].
-Philippians 4:8, AMP
And here’s the filter for our emotions:
But the fruit produced by the Holy Spirit within you is divine love in all its varied expressions: joy that overflows, peace that subdues, patience that endures, kindness in action, a life full of virtue, faith that prevails, gentleness of heart, and strength of spirit. Never set the law above these qualities, for they are meant to be limitless.
-Galatians 5:22-23, TPT
I have walked through seasons of Divine grace, where He was the safe place to pour out all the pain inside and where He poured in the oil and the wine of His healing presence. Those times are forever in my spiritual foundation, and those keys are forever in my spiritual tool belt. He will forever be my soul’s Healer. But that is not all that He is. As I grow to maturity, He is building upon that solid foundation, adding strength and the ability to govern creation – starting with me. In this season, He’s less like El Shaddai (the “many-breasted One) and more like the Captain of the Lord of Hosts. Like an army drill sergeant, He’s preparing me to rule and reign…because I said yes to that assignment. He’s strengthening me and teaching me to govern my soul, my body, my time and my life and to think and behave like a king.
Today, yield to the largeness of the Father’s thoughts toward you and the depths of His beautiful heart. With intent, place these filters over your mind and emotion gates, refusing to trade with anything that does not fit that criteria. Old familiar thought and feeling patterns energized by the adversary will probably rear their ugly heads, seeking to deepen their ruts in your soul. But remember, you are a gate of heaven, and, as a gate, you get to choose to say YES to Him and NO to all else. You are a son of God, born of His very DNA. And you are a king. It’s your time to rule and reign!
Grace, grace in your overcoming,