I don’t know about you, but, I have found myself bombarded with negative thoughts lately. One minute I’m working happily on a project and the next, my mind is a whirlwind of non-related thoughts that leave me stressed, fearful, and frustrated. It has been a real struggle to say the least. There is no doubt in my mind, that we are all finding ourselves in a major mental battle right now.
It is so important for us to realize that there is a spiritual battle that is taking place. If we allow the negative thoughts into our mind, then Satan and his cronies can build a stronghold that can intensify. Satan’s time is very short and he is doing everything in his power to make you change course and give up. The Apostle Paul told us how cunning the serpent (Satan) really is and why he attacks our thoughts.
“But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ.”
Well, we can not allow that to happen. We need to continuously fight the good fight of faith. (1 Tim. 6:12) So, what should we do?
“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”
When negative thoughts come streaming into your mind, the best thing you can do is stop and speak up. If the devil is trying to make you feel guilty, quickly say “No, I am made righteous in the name of Jesus and my sins have been forgiven.” (Acts 10:43) Or maybe he is trying to make you feel fearful because your bills are coming due and there simply isn’t enough to pay them….then, say out loud, “God supplies all my needs according to His riches in glory by Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 4:19)
God has given us the truth in scripture. No matter what Satan throws at you, you have the ability to stop it in its tracks. Speak the word and Satan will flee for God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power, love, and a sound mind. (II Tim. 1:7)