Rat-tails, Whelps, and a Shower

My brother had this friend. His best friend. The kind of friend that I hated to babysit. My brother is 4 years younger than me, and I could handle him just fine (and still can). However, when this friend came over, I preemptively took 14 aspirin just because I knew the headaches were coming.

Well, one day I had enough. After all, I was a teenager and could handle these guys who were still in elementary school. (Taylor’s mom, please stop reading right here.) So, I took a towel and created a “rat-tail” with it. You know what a “rat-tail” is? It’s a weapon of mass destruction in the hands of a teenager. You roll up a towel and hit it against some unsuspecting leg or arm. It’s capable of producing MAJOR whelps and INTENSE bleeding. So, as soon as I created it, I could see the fear of God in their eyes. I grabbed my towel and begin to force them into my parents room. After all, you do what you’re told when someone has a crazy look in their eye and a “rat-tail” in their hands. After we made our way into the master bedroom, I made them hop in the shower together, turn on the water, and told them to stay in there till I said they could get out.

I didn’t win the brother of the year award that year.

But you know, as irritated and as aggressive I became to fix the problem, we’ve got to do the same with our thoughts. The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 10:5, “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”

I knew that day that I created the “rat-tail,” I had to “take captive” the source of the problem. It’s the same way with us. Every thought that doesn’t align with what God says, we must take captive and make it obedient. The problem is, many times we fail to even think about what we’re thinking about.

Maybe you’re dealing with thoughts of inadequacy. The lie is that you’re a nobody, unloved, and unaccepted. The truth is that you are God’s child (John 1:12) and Christ’s friend (John 15:15). The truth is that you have been bought with a price and that you belong to God (1 Cor. 6:19-20). The Bible says that you’re a member of Christ’s body (1 Cor. 12:27) and have been adopted as God’s child (Eph. 1:5).

Or maybe you feel like you’ve done too many bad things in your life, and that somehow, God is mad at you. The TRUTH is that God is patient and slow to anger (2 Peter 3:9). The Bible also says that because you accepted Christ as Lord and Savior, you are free forever from condemnation (Rom. 8:1-2) and that you are free from any charge against you (Rom. 8:31-34).

These are just a few examples, but the point remains, that you have to replace the lie with the TRUTH of the Word of God. THINK about what you’re thinking about.

I’ve got more to say on the subject, but I’ll go ahead and stop here for today and pick this back up later on this week.

So, grab that “rat-tail” and get rid of the thoughts that don’t align themselves with the Word of God. You’ll be glad you did. After all, the Bible says that mind controlled by the Spirit, is full of life and peace. I think we all could use a little more peace in our lives.


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