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Are You Thinking Right?
Are you thinking right? Obviously we would all say, yes because nobody intentionally sets out to have wrong thinking. Yet, the reality is that we are all prone to wrong thinking.
I heard a story the other day that serves as a great example. A woman was in an airport and was between legs on her flight. She had a few minutes to sit down and relax so she purchased a bag of cookies and a newspaper and then found a seat to relax for a bit. After a couple of minutes, she saw a man out of the corner of her eye come and sit in the seat across from her. She then heard a crumpling sound and so she lowered the paper she was reading to see what it was. To her amazement, the man was taking a cookie out of the bag. In her disbelief, she reached across the table and gently slid the bag of cookies back to her side, took a cookie out of the bag, and started to eat it. In a minute or so, she heard the crumpling again and slowly looked over the paper she was reading. Again, the man was eating a cookie and the bag of cookies was back on his side of the table. She again slid the bag back on her side, took a cookie, and returned to reading. This continued a couple of times until there was only one cookie left. Once again, she heard the crumpling sound. Fighting anger and irritation, she looked over her paper at the man who had invited himself to her snack. He had a sad look on his face as he held the last cookie. He slowly broke the cookie in half and laid one half on the bag, sliding it back towards the woman. Then he walked off eating the other half. As you can imagine, this lady was in shock and much anger that this man had such audacity to eat half of her cookies.
Later the lady heard her flight called so she got up and proceeded to her gate. As she walked to the gate, she reached in her purse to get her ticket and to her amazement, there was the bag of cookies that she had purchased.
As illustrated in this story, you can fully believe that you are right, have an emotional response that causes anger or some other emotion, and actually be completely wrong! Herein lies a key within the Word of God of why so many Christians struggle with various forms of addictions and other forms of satanic bondage.
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The Word of God clearly states in John 8:32, “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” If you look up the Greek translation, you will find that “shall make free” is translated from the word that literally means “liberate”.
When I think of the word liberate, I think of Jessica Lynch, the first rescued woman POW in Iraq. In her situation, her liberators did all the liberating. All she had to do was to keep her hope and faith strong. She had to have confidence that those she served with would not abandon her while they created the environment for her liberation.
This is the power of the Word of God. When you know the truth, that truth that you operate according to will liberate you from all captivity! Why do so many Christians struggle in various areas in their lives? Because they operate on what they think is right instead of operating on truth (Prov. 14:12).
It is our job as believers to know the truth. We must learn the ways of God and know what His Word says about the situations of our life, or we will never experience the complete freedom God intended for us.