These uninvited and unwelcome guests came a few days after Christmas with an invited guest that stayed a few nights with us. To his credit, he didn't know they were even there. None of us did. Until that house guest went to the vet, where it was discovered that he had...yes..
Luckily, we use Frontline on Lucy religiously, and so far we haven't seen one flea anywhere--on her or in the house. But that doesn't mean they're not there. I won't bore or gross you out with the life cycle of a flea. Suffice it to say, their eggs and larvae can be lurking in the rugs for up to eight months. Yes, eight months.
Therefore, the last few days have been spent furiously washing everything--blankets, throw rugs, dog beds, our bedding (the King slept on our bed when we weren't home). And vacuuming. Every day. Behind the furniture, under the furniture, around the baseboards.
Then it occurred to me that negative thoughts are like fleas.
Negativity often comes in the form of lies. Just as it takes only one flea to infect an animal, then to infest your home, it only takes one lie to infect your thoughts, then infest your mind.
Take, for example, the person who makes a mistake at work, and the boss calls her out on it--maybe even in a kind, thoughtful, and gentle tone and manner.
If that person is insecure, that mistake just infected her thoughts.
She hears, "I'm stupid" (which, by the way, is a lie)
That "stupid" flea has just found a host! It now feeds on her, which sustains the life of the "stupid" flea. That flea now lays more negativity eggs in her thoughts...eggs that say,
"You can't do anything right."
"You'll never amount to anything."
"You should just quit before they fire you."
And so on.
The average female flea can lay up to 50 eggs a day. Sounds like a lot, right (and it is!)?
But think about all the negative thoughts that come from one lie. We've all had at least one flea suck the blood from us at one point or another. How many negative thoughts have you believed from one lie?
Here's the kicker:
If those eggs aren't cleaned up they will hatch, and the flea population will grow until there is an infestation.
In other words, if you do nothing, it will get worse.
We all know people who have been infested with the "negativity flea." Nothing is ever right, no one is ever on their side, and nothing will ever change. Always and never are their favorite words, and blame is their favorite pastime.
In order to halt the process, we need to vacuum those eggs up, and wash anything that we come in contact with.
That's the only way to kill the offspring of the lie.
We vacuum our thoughts by replacing them with truth. And the one who tells us that truth is the One Who IS Truth---God.
I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me
Am I stupid?
Can I do anything right?
Sure, I do lots of things right (and then find those things and tell yourself what they are).
Are they going to fire me?
No, or the boss would have already done so. Everyone makes mistakes.
Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.
Therefore, you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.
When we speak forth the truth, the vibration of our Lord's Presence will wake up those pesky thoughts, and when we take authority over them, they are sucked into God's holy vacuum.
And washing? Well, to be honest, washing will destroy those little pests, but it is actually the high heat of the dryer that kills the fleas/eggs/larvae/pupae. So, turn up the heat!
Tell the Father of Lies--Satan--the truth that comes from the Word of God. Don't let him plant that seed of doubt, the lie that will infest your mind! Let the heat of the Son break through the clouds of doubt and confusion and wash away those thoughts with His blood and the water of His Word!
And remember--you have to do this EVERY DAY because the eggs are in various stages in your mind.
Get rid of those uninvited and unwelcome guests. Don't let them lie dormant or they'll come out to play when you least expect it. And then they'll reproduce, and the whole cycle will begin again. Be proactive and stop the cycle before it gets out of control!
Blessings Along the Path,
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