August 29, 2016
Are your thoughts poisoning your emotions? Do you struggle with self-condemning thoughts? Does your thought-life bring you anxiety about your future? Do you have disturbing, imaginary conversations with others that bring you anguish? Does your thought-life bring you to a place where you feel you will never “measure up,” always leaving you feeling inferior? Do you despise yourself because of your shortcomings? Do you wonder if God truly loves you? If you said yes to any of these questions, I have great news for you! Please read on.
What should we do when toxic thoughts come into our mind?
First, never lose sight that God loved you even before you said yes to Jesus. God revealed His love even while we were still sinners by sending His Son to the “Cross” to pay the penalty for our sins (see Romans 5:7-9). And your Heavenly Father is proud of you as His growing child. Yes, you are God’s child, and He loved you enough to send His only Son to die for you. And a horrible death that was. Never, ever doubt God’s love for you!
Second, when Satan attacks your thought life, recognize the source as demonic, resist Satan, draw close to God, and Satan will flee. But you might ask, “How do I resist Satan in such a manner, he would flee from my presence.” The answer is in God’s Word. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you (James 4:7-8).
Let me explain further. Satan has been tormenting God’s children ever since Adam and Eve listened and agreed with his evil suggestions. And Satan hasn’t changed his tactics. He still introduces to us his thoughts, ideas, and concepts, which all oppose the righteousness and will of God. You might wonder if Satan can share his thoughts with us? The Bible refers to Satan as “father of lies,” (see John 8:44) and the “deceiver of the world,” (see Revelation 12:9). “King David was overcome by prideful thoughts resulting in the death of 70,000 people. When Jesus announced to His disciples that He must die, Peter took him aside and rebuked him. Jesus returned the rebuke. He looked at Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man (see Mark 8:31-33).”
So when Satan attacks my thought life I do these things:
• In the Name of Jesus, I rebuke Satan!
• I humble my self before my Lord Jesus and ask for His help!
• I invite Holy Spirit to flood my thoughts with godliness!
• I pray for and bless anyone I’m struggling with!
• I draw close to Jesus by thanking Him for all the wonderful blessings He has poured into my life. And this usually goes on for a long, long time because He has blessed me so greatly!
• Moreover, I draw close to Jesus by praising Him for all of His Names that come to my mind – and each one of His Names reveal His perfect nature. For example: “Jesus, I praise you for being my Healer. You have healed me of my diseases, illnesses, brokenness, sinful habits, destructive relationships and much more. I meditate on many of His names such as: “Redeemer,” “Restorer,” “Savior,” “Shepherd,” “Sanctuary,” “Refuge,” and so much more.
When Satan is attacking me, I pray like this: “Lord, you are my Deliverer, and you deliver me from all my enemies. You are my place of refuge where I find restoration (see Psalm 143:9). Lord, you are my hiding place where I am safe from all my enemies (see Psalm 119:114). Lord, when my enemies attack me from one direction, you scatter them in seven directions (Deuteronomy 28:7). I could go on and on!
What I’m sharing with you works 100% of the time. Jesus immediately delivers me from any demonic thinking such as anxiety about circumstances; critical/judgmental thoughts towards others; envy towards other’s successes; lustful thoughts; prideful thoughts; or doubtful thoughts! And I am overcome by God’s peace and joy.
That is how I resist Satan. I humble myself before God’s power and draw close to God. When I do so, no demon can stand in the glory of my Heavenly Father – all they can do is flee!
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places (Ephesians 6:10-12 ESV).
Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits (Proverbs 18:21).
Jesus is the “Living Word” of God. Remain in Him and all will go well!