We are not accepted by God as bricks—man made. Our identity is I am a Child of God. That is the first stone we have that is God made. Each brick is like another block to a building we create. We may build a tower but just like in times of old, God still had to come down to it! Let God build our buildings!
When we dwell on the past it is like dragging around bricks. All those past hurts are like a sack full of heavy bricks. As we drag them, we see a path in the ground that follows us. Anyone can find us if they follow the big trail we leave behind. It all leaves an impression behind us. And those impressions make deep paths for others to follow, especially our children. They can follow our negative chains of thought.
How UGLY! It was then I knew I needed...
to renew my mind!
Negative thoughts are like weeds. The spring up all around the good plants until they weave in so far to choke out the life. That is how our thoughts are in our minds. If we have so many negative thoughts, they will choke the life out of us.
Until I realized who I am in Christ, I don't think I would have ever gotten out of the pit!
I like to think of these verses God gave to us as stones...
Man is like the Son of God in the home—he establishes it, sets the foundation. Either he builds it on the rock with solid ground in Christ, or he builds in sand which cause the home to shift and fall.
Woman is like the Holy spirit of the home—she sets the mood...Your words set the tone. Your smiles invite joy but your scowls will make more scowls. Even if the man lays a sand foundation, a woman can help build it up with her smiles and words of encouragement. Her words are like mortar that can help her husband build a better foundation. They can build up their families together. A house divided against itself will not stand!
"But he, knowing their thoughts, said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and a house divided against a house falleth."
Fold in Scripture—Renew your thoughts
Use signs as reminders. Like a stop sign. When a negative thought comes in, like you are thinking a bad thought about your spouse, or your neighbor, or even yourself, STOP! Stop, and evaluate that thought. Is it worth it to dwell on and bring into your heart today? Is it something you want to feed on and build bricks with? How long will you drag that thought around in the future?
"For we are unto God a sweet savour (aroma) of Christ, in them that are saved,
and in them that perish"
2 Corinthians 2:15