ECHO (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 209)
2 Corinthians 10:4 (NLT)
We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments.
When people speak negative words to us, many times, we have a tendency to rehearse that negativity in our minds. Maybe it was a teacher who told you that you were stupid or dumb. Or maybe it was a parent who said you weren’t good enough. Or perhaps it was a friend, or someone you thought was your friend, who embarrassed you for your weaknesses.
In the Bible, the word “stronghold” means “echo” in the Greek. An echo by definition is a “repetition of an idea, thought, experience, or feeling.” Isn’t it amazing how we can mentally, emotionally, and spiritually repeat past words and experiences in our lives. When we do this, we can allow those things to develop into strongholds that control our lives until we choose a better way.
When we think about negativity, it becomes our focus. Likewise, when we think about truth, it too becomes our focus. Don’t let negativity from the inside or from other people be your echo. Let a new echo of joy and peace ring in your ears. Your focus will direct you in the path of faith and a lifestyle of passionate belief in God and his word.
How do you stop listening to negativity? By focusing on truth and truth is found in the Bible. When you choose to repeat God’s Word in your mind and in your heart, you are refusing to listen to that negative echo and starting a new echo in your life. When you start speaking and listening to truth, you will start believing it. And it will make a world of difference in your spiritual life.
“We must allow the Word of God to confront us, to disturb our security, to undermine our complacency and to overthrow our patterns of thought and behavior.”
— John R.W. Stott