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Making An Exchange

I love how easy it is to make exchanges in our society. Recently, my husband asked me to go to the hardware store and buy some light bulbs. I purchased the wrong kind of light bulbs and had to return to the store and exchange them. The man at the customer service counter was very nice to me. He asked me why I was returning the light bulbs and I told him I had bought the wrong kind. He in turn helped me find the right type. I made my exchange; it was so easy. Exchanges are made everyday in our lives. We exchange things that are not a good fit or are not the right size. Sometimes we exchange an item simply because we changed our minds and decided we did not like it or need it.

If something is not right or is not working for us, an exchange needs to be made. We can exchange our something for something “better”. This idea applies in God’s economy as well. Paul teaches us in 2 Corinthians 10:5 that we should “take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ”. What types of thoughts do we need to take captive and exchange for thoughts that are obedient to Christ? There are a lot of thoughts that we believe that actually do not line up with Scripture.

Some of those thoughts are:

•I do not measure up

•What I do determines who I am

•I must perform in order to be loved

•God could never forgive my sin

All of these thoughts are destructive. They are not true and they keep us in bondage. If I believe that I do not measure up, then I am not believing God’s word. I need to exchange the thought that I do not measure up for God’s truth that I DO measure up because of Christ.

How do I exchange one thought for another? Is that even possible? Yes!

Scripture tells us to:

•Take our thoughts captive

•Renew our mind

•Confess

Stand firm and believe God’s word and it’s truth

As I go about my days, if the thought “I do not measure up” comes into my mind, I must instantly take that thought captive and recognize it is a lie. A lie given to me by Satan to keep me in bondage. Our enemy, Satan, wants us to believe that we do not measure up because then we are defeated, but God’s word tells us differently. God’s word tells us that we are a “new creation” (II Corinthians 5:17) and “we are chosen by God and holy” ( I Peter 2:9).

Secondly, we must renew our minds with what God says is true. Romans 12:2 says, “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” We must renew our minds and exchange the lies we are believing for God’s truth, because the “truth will set you free” (John 8:32).

Next, confess to God that you have believed the lie that you do not measure up. Acknowledge before Him that because of the Bible you realize that is not true. II Corinthians 3:5-6 tells us that we are made adequate in Christ Jesus. Confess to God that you may not feel like a saint, but you are going to trust Him and take Him at his word.

Lastly, stand firm and have faith that what God says is true. Your emotions are always the last to catch up. If you believe God and continue to renew your mind, eventually your emotions will match your beliefs. I always tell people that our emotions are the Pokey Little Puppy, but they will eventually catch up.

Imagine the day when you no longer believe that you do not measure up. God does not want you to stay in bondage. He wants you to be free and to live an abundant life (John 10:10).

What thoughts do you need to exchange today? God is waiting at the customer service desk to aid you in your exchange. He promises something that is a perfect fit for you.

Karen Stubbs

About the Author

Karen is the founder and leader of Birds on a Wire, a non-profit ministry designed to minister to moms through encouragement, truth and community. Karen is also the author of Letters to Moms, a practical, Biblically based book written to equip and encourage mothers. Raising young children while her husband Greg—a fighter pilot in the Navy—was away most of the time, Karen grew in her reliance on God to sustain her as a mom. It was during these challenging years that she gained her passion for motherhood. Karen and Greg have been married for over 26 years now and reside in Cumming, Georgia. They have four children.