Imagine going through your day having a much greater peace of mind because you know how to deal with your thoughts. In this post I’m going to show you how, and hope it is super beneficial for you.
One evening my son came to me with a low-spirited demeanor. Those thoughts were bothering him again. I could see he was getting discouraged since he had come to me a few days in a row. Justin and I had both talked to him, encouraged him, prayed with him. I even had him read the post How to Encourage Yourself in the Lord, and discussed it with him.
“I don’t think I know how to hear God’s voice yet. Can you pray and see what God says?” he pleaded.
Time for him to learn to fight this on his own! And he is now.
Learning the simple truth that we have the mind of Christ takes time to learn. Everybody deals with undesirable thoughts. You’ve probably heard some wisdom that goes something like, “You can’t help the bad thoughts that fly by your head, but you can keep them from making a nest in your hair.” It’s true if you know how.
Renewing our mind, and learning to wield our sword of the Spirit takes practice. In order to build these habits, we need a clear picture of what the Bible instructs us to do.
Our thoughts are very much a part of our humanness, but we are in a spiritual battle. I love that the Bible is our spiritual sword. It reminds me that I have to fight against my flesh (or the devil). Here are some key verses I like to focus on when my thought life needs attention.
And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
The helmet of salvation covers our head. That means if we remember to put on (use) our armor, it will cover our thoughts. When we obey the Bible, it fights the enemy.
2 Corinthians 10:4-5 ESV
For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds.
We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ.
When that thought hits, stop and ask, “What does God say about that? What is really true?” [TWEET THIS] When we identify what is coming against what we know to be true, what God says about us, then we are taking those thoughts captive.
For example, if the thought, “I am weak. I can’t do what God wants me to do,” comes, I know that is not true. If I know Psalm 18:2 and 46:1, then I know I have God, and He is my strength.
The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower. Psalm 18:2 KJV
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1 ESV
The fact is God is my strength. I have to say what is true:
“The Lord is my rock, my fortress, my deliverer, my God, my strength, and I trust in Him! He is my buckler, the horn of my salvation, my high tower! he is my refuge and strength, and He is present to help me in whatever trouble I face!”
Remember, the Bible is a spiritual sword because we are in a spiritual battle. God will help us destroy anything that has a strong hold on us. We can obey Him by taking every thought captive. That means you aren’t going to let it have control over you. You won’t let your mind continue to think about a bad thought.
Isaiah 26:3 NKJV
You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.
When we keep our mind on God, and trust in Him, He promises us peace. That’s much better than bad thoughts, isn’t it?
What thoughts have been plaguing your mind that you could tell to go because God says otherwise?
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