To be “caught in the act” of something means someone witnessed your guilt. It’s a startling and embarrassing moment. That’s why I was tickled to see Beth Moore use the expression in relation to unhealthy thinking.
Generally, other people can see we are stuck in unhealthy thinking long before we do, which is part of what makes it interesting to “catch ourselves in the act” of unhealthy thinking.
Read her devotional thoughts for yourself.
Let all that I am praise the Lord; with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name. Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things he does for me. He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases.
The Psalmist likely didn’t command his soul to praise because that’s what he felt like doing anyway. I believe he caught himself in the act of destructive or distracted thinking and intended to change the course of his thoughts. That’s exactly what you and I must do if we want to start living like the secure people God created us to be. We must catch ourselves in the act of unhealthy thinking and call our souls to switch tracks.
–Beth Moore, The Promise of Security, quote from “When you are feeling unlovable . . .”
I really do like that. I have bipolar disorder so I get caught in cycles of depression and anxiety. It can cause my thoughts to get completely off track. But the Bible says:
We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5, NLT).
We are to teach our thoughts to obey Christ.
The next time you catch yourself in the act of unhealthy thinking, what can you do to turn it around and teach your thoughts to obey Christ?
The Promise of Security is available from Amazon in paperback, Kindle, Audible audio edition, and Audiobook CD. It is also available from Christianbook.com in paperback, ePub, Audio CD, and MP3 editions.
|The Promise of Security, Booklet
By Beth Moore / Tyndale House
A portable boost of confidence to encourage you to meditate on God’s promises! Featuring Scripture passages and key excerpts from Moore’s So Long, Insecurity, this booklet will help you in your quest for the soul-deep security found only in God. Divided topically by common fears, it’s a great giveaway for women’s ministry outreach. 64 pages, 4″ x 6″; paperback booklet.
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