The Illusion of Our Thoughts

The Illusion of Our Thoughts

Posted on 28. Feb, 2012 by in Challenging Status Quo

“If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right.” – Henry Ford

Have you ever thought about thinking? Kind of a funny question I guess. But think for a minute about the power of thoughts. They are creative: every new invention started with a thought. They can be challenging, many even revolutionary: the USA started with a thought. On an individual basis, our thoughts create for us our realities – or at least a perceived reality. It is from this reality, our behavior or actions are derived. We cannot consistently act different from our beliefs.

The power of thought is revealed in the creation process. We understand that the Word of God created the world. The deeper meaning is that the Greek for word in the text is logos, and it means more than the spoken word, but the entire thought behind it. In essence, regarding God, every word is already completed in his mind before it is spoken. In God’s case, his thoughts are true reality and his actions are an expression of this reality.

Exploring the idea of thoughts, there is a flip side to the creative power and that is they can also be restrictive. The perceived realities our thoughts create are just as powerful to create for us strongholds that limit our actions. These thoughts create a reality that is based on illusions.

According to an illusion is: “something that deceives by producing a false or misleading impression of reality.” Wikipedia tells us: “An illusion is a distortion of the senses,” which describes “a misinterpretation of a true sensation.” An illusion takes the facts, but somehow distorts them into a misleading reality that can then cause us to limit our actions.

Paul makes the connection between strongholds and our thinking when he describes their destruction in 2 Cor. 2:5. He states that we are: “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Chris.“ In this text, “imaginations” is the Greek – logismós and it means: “calculated arguments or thoughts.” It emphasizes reaching a personal opinion.

Imaginations are calculated thoughts that bring us to a PERSONAL opinion, or stronghold of illusion. Notice, personal. They may not be universal or based on proven facts: but to the individual they have reasoned them to be real, so therefore they act as if they are. The power of thoughts create our personal realities that determine our actions.

A classic example is when Israel was ready to enter Canaan, the land God had promised them. It was the report of 10 of the spies that revealed the stronghold of their thinking: “And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight” (Num 13:33). Notice, they saw themselves as grasshoppers so they assumed it was how the giants saw them. And we know the rest of the story; they wandered for 40 years because of their unbelief: the fruit of their discouraging, self-limiting stronghold of their thinking.

It is a sad testimony to a stronghold of illusion: instead of believing God’s promises, they came to their own conclusions about what they saw.

Our challenge today: we should examine the thoughts that limit us from demonstrating Kingdom authority.

In future posts I plan to explore what I believe is a major source of these strongholds. Then I want to discuss a few specific ones that limit us from fully expressing Kingdom authority. It is my hope that for some of us, we can begin to cast down these calculated thoughts or arguments that have been lifted above the knowledge of God. Hope you will join me.

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One Response to “The Illusion of Our Thoughts”

  1. Vince DeMuth

    23. Mar, 2012

    Thanks Martin for the great word. I feel like you have been reading my recent journal entries.


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