Thought Trains

Psalms 139:23

Search me [thoroughly], O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts!

Thoughts are so important. Have you ever thought on how often Jesus said “Take no thought”?

Jesus warned his disciples about giving place to worrisome thought patterns. He teaches this disciples to always seek to see and think his way.

I set myself to thinking about thought. Suddenly, over and over I began seeing photos of trains and train tracks. Visuals; God speaks through them a lot. When you see a theme repeated it’s to catch your attention and set you to thinking. What is God saying?

Trains suggest movement. Trains remind us of travel. Tracks are how trains get where they’re going. We catch a train when we have a desired destination in mind. We find a train that’s headed that way and we get on it. See, we’re learning now that our thought becomes action. We think our way onto a train of thought. That’s what Jesus was warning us about. He tells us that he is to be our thought guardian.

Friend, I’ll tell you from long experience that we’re daily having to navigate our way through thought storms. Opposing winds of thoughts set to distract us from hearing the thought of God. Fiery darts. I’ve seen times when I wasn’t being alert and I was quick to follow every thought. I discovered I had followed some wrong trains of thought and had to pause and do some rethinking.

When we react from our soulish emotions, not from the Spirit, we get our thought off God. Worry, focus on bad reports and critical response and offense is where that train of thought takes us. Surely, not a good train to ride.

A thought comes to mind from the word. Psalms 139 says that God knows our thoughts from far off. Before we ever say a word, he knows the thought that takes us there. I saw in the Psalm a glorious revealing. His thoughts over us are precious and numerous. We’re precious in his sight.

Psalms 139:

17–18
Every single moment you are thinking of me!
How precious and wonderful to consider
that you cherish me constantly in your every thought!
O God, your desires toward me are more
than the grains of sand on every shore!
When I awake each morning, you’re still with me. (TPT)

Doesn’t that amaze you? It does me. Almighty God, Creator God, thinks precious thoughts over me. He desires my good above all and everyone I’ve ever known. Abba Father watches over me for my great good. What do I have to worry about? I see now that to stay on a right track with God we have to pay attention to his thoughts. That’s what Jesus was reminding us all about. Take no thought. Let not your heart be troubled. Stay your mind on what matters. Trust God.

How? We can ask him sincerely to help us. yo empower our surrender efforts. We can take authority over self and intentionally cooperate with him. To open up our ear gates and let the King of Glory come in. When we surrender our self efforts and yield to his love He writes his thoughts on our hearts and minds. We yearn to let his thoughts overwhelm the thought storms that try to invade. We need his grace invasion. it will cost us a comfort zone shift. It will interrupt an old routine so that a new one can be established. Friend, we don’t realize ho we are chained to our routines until we set our mind to getting free from them. But, with strong resolve, we can better mange our lives and thoughts. Sel dies a death, new life is resurrected. And soon, because we love his Lordship we think right about ourselves. Then, soon, we will think right about others. When we think right we speak right and we know that words are powerful in God. His words are the bread of life.

Jesus said “My sheep know my voice and they follow me” So it’s for us to get still and listen carefully. Moment by moment we need his instruction. By following it we will feast on his thoughts. The truths of the holy scriptures. That’s the train we want to catch. He will train our ear to hear and impart a new delight in himself. He baptizes us in his love and new birth will keep happening as long as we keep following his way and instruction. His joy will be our portion and even overflow.  Following His train of thought will take us into glory places we’ve never dreamed of!

Lord, I’m thankful and I submit to you being the Engineer of my thought train. I see that peace of heart and mind is the sweet lifestyle of surrendered saints.

I say “Yes, Lord!” I hope that’s true of you too.

Give it all some thought..

Dove Vision

Trading Our Ashes For God’s Beauty

Dream Of A Beautiful White Dove

A vision from the year 2004. It was a very vivid dream. I was watching closely some activity going on, as looking out into my yard. I could see a gathering of birds on a patch of ground. At first the birds were all mingling together. Then suddenly my attention was drawn to a large white dove and the other birds just seemed to fade away in the background. The dove was the most beautiful I have ever seen, I was impressed with the majestic appearance, as something very special. I can’t find words to describe it. I watched this for awhile and then as I was watching I saw that the dove was passionately working at clearing off a large plot of ground. It seemed like he was digging weeds and debris out. It was looking a  lot like a road being made ready. Suddenly, right before my eyes the place he was clearing off began drastically enlarging. Then I noticed that he began to dig down deeper, as plowing up new ground forcefully! He was taking great pleasure in his work and was making quick and determined progress. Then suddenly I became conscious that my husband was standing beside me, and I was very excited, pointing toward the vision I was seeing, and telling him to watch what this beautiful dove was doing!

My understanding after prayer and meditation;

The beautiful dove was the Holy Spirit. I had been ushered into a new place in the life of the Spirit and He was showing me through this dream the work He was beginning in my life. I had been called and had succeeded in giving him room and He was laboring for my good and the good of all my loved ones. He was preparing the way for future life changes and heavenly vision fulfillment. The land he was clearing was as a highway which led me and my house out of the old and into the new.

Isaiah 62:10

Go through, go through the gates; prepare ye the way of the people; cast up, cast up the highway; gather out the stones; lift up a standard for the people.

The other birds were people who had at one time had authority over my life and circumstances. Some were still present, and loved, but he was now the one reigning on the throne of my heart. He was taking over.

John 14:26

But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

In a deeper depth of understandings, I’m learning that many life changes bring us into a time of old things becoming ashes. Old ways of thinking and lifestyles and very often relationship matters. Right relationships are key things in kingdom life. As we learn how to co-operate with the Holy Spirit He begins to remove the old and ugly things and bring heavenly beauty into our everyday lives. The work of God brings beauty out of the ashes of the old. This is the more abundant life promised to sons and daughters of Christ..

Isaiah 61:3

To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified.

The dream and revelation began to teach me things about the times and seasons of the people of God. How the Lord moves to prepare a people who will be equipped by the Holy Spirit to prepare the way of the Lord. As we surrender all control to the Lord and give him his rightful place of authority over every facet of our lives He begins to prepare the way for our journey into the promised land. As the new beauty of the Lord and King is present and reigning over our mind, will and emotions, we are able to conquer by faith the evils which come from the kingdom of darkness which are set to destroy us and those we love. We will find as we follow on to know the Lord that we are always in a process of change. We will learn that change is a constant with the God who never changes. As we hold fast to Jesus and His word abides in us He will not leave us nor forsake us.

Titus 3:4-8

But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

 

Psalm 40:1-3

I waited patiently for the Lord; and He inclined to me, and heard my cry. He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps. He has put a new song in my mouth – praise \0/ to our God; many will see it and fear, and will trust in the Lord. –

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