You are not a victim of your thoughts! The battle is in your mind, but the battle is not FOR your mind! If you are a child of God, you have the mind of Christ. The enemy of your soul can’t take control of your thoughts. You are indwelled by the Holy Spirit.
Does that mean the enemy cannot tempt you to think wrongly? Does that mean that years of wrong thinking will not have to be washed away by the Word?
There is still a battle, but the victory is yours!
A while back, I was about to take a shower, and praying for someone as I turned on the faucet handle. Then, just before I stepped inside, the thought came to my mind: Why do you bother praying? Your prayers are never answered anyway.
I had a choice at that moment. Did I receive that discouraging thought, or reject it? Of course I rejected it. It was not even true! I’ve had plenty of answered prayers.
The good news is that you can also resist such thoughts. You can purposely choose to reject the thoughts that are detrimental to your spiritual walk.
This means that you will first need to be aware of where your mind is taking you, and decide if it is a place you want to go.
One of the ways I’ve learned to keep my weight down is to always ask myself if I’m hungry before I put something in my mouth. It seems simple enough, but it is an intentional process I learned from an aunt of mine who remained a healthy weight her entire life. I do not mindlessly eat because it’s six o’clock and that is typical dinner time or because I find myself at a table with family and friends.
Where am I going with this?
I want to encourage you to apply the same principle to your thought life—choose to be intentional on what thoughts you receive into your mind and what thoughts you reject. Just because a thought is set before you doesn’t mean you must gobble it up!
You can choose to reject what brings you spiritual death and what is in rebellion to the Word of God. You can choose to receive and savor the goodness of God’s word!
Recognizing God’s Voice
The enemy of your soul desires that you believe lies about yourself, about others, and about God. He will tempt you through every means possible. That is why it is so important to read Scripture – so you can more readily discern the voice of the Lord and the thoughts that are contrary to His Word.
Jesus prays in John 17:17, “Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.”
God’s voice will edify, encourage, strengthen, correct, and convict. It will never veer away from Scripture. And, it will never bring condemnation, but seek to reconcile you with your Heavenly Father through conviction, repentance, and forgiveness.
In the end, you have the Spirit of the Living God inside of you! You are a daughter of the King, and royalty in the courts of praise! Choose to receive the goodness of the Lord and meditate on His Word every day.
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. (Philippians 4:8)
TRUTH about God’s voice:
The Father’s voice will align with the Scripture. All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
God’s voice will never seek to crush you. A bruised reed He will not break, And smoking flax He will not quench; He will bring forth justice for truth. (Isaiah 42:3)
God’s voice will convict but never condemn. There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. (Romans 8:1)
God’s voice will not tempt you to sin. Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. (James 1:13)
God’s voice is filled with wisdom and godly fruit. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. (James 3:17)
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