How do you control what you are thinking about ?
Did you know that your thinking can affect your body and your physical health ?
It’s important to control your thoughts because repeatedly thinking bad thoughts makes them take hold of your mind…. and recovering that territory becomes more difficult.
One of my favorite verses is Isaiah 26:3 “You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You”
When Peter walked on the water to go to Jesus, he was OK as long as he was looking at Jesus…. but when he looked around, he became afraid and started to sink. (Matthew 14:28 – 31)
May I say, from experience, this is a good illustration of Isaiah 26:3….. as long as we are thinking good thoughts of the Lord the enemy cannot disrupt our minds…. but if we dwell too long on negative thoughts that the enemy feeds into our minds, we are overcome…. our peace is gone and our body is in distress and the longer we go on in this state the harder it will be to get back to that quiet resting place….. even if we can get our mind back on God, it may take some time for the physical body to follow.
Anxiety, fear, depression…. the doctors treat the physical symptoms in the body and they deaden the mind with drugs that they barely understand (the long term consequences have never been explored because they have only just been discovered).
God does not want this for any Christian…. He says, “Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden and I will give you REST” (Matthew 11:28)
YOU CAN RECLAIM the territory in your mind that you have given to the enemy…. because it is GOD’s WILL that you have control of YOUR mind.
The demons do not own your mind…. YOU DO…. they are trespassing on your territory and they can only do it because YOU have allowed them to do it by the thoughts that you dwell on the sin in your life.
Dear children of GOD…. your Father WANTS for you to live in VICTORY… and He will help you recover all lost territory but you MUST be willing to PLAY YOUR PART….
1. FAITH…. have a steadfast faith that God IS delivering you in spite of anything that may appear to contradict this.
2. SURRENDER to God… do not hide sin…. confess and forsake it… you cannot hold on to sin because then you are aiding the demons and hindering God’s work on your behalf.
3. RESIST…. God needs YOU to resist as much as you are able… He WILL defend you when you are unable to help yourself….. but it is HIS WILL that you make some effort of your own…… the demons love human robots that they can control (2 Timothy 2:26)…. but God WANTS you to CO-OPERATE with Him, He gave you FREE WILL and He will not trample on your free will and He will not allow the demons to trample on your free will either…. you must actively RESIST evil thoughts and CHOOSE good thoughts (2 Corinthians 10:5).