THOUGHTS TOWARD A NEW LIFE:
Is your mind often plagued with negative thoughts of doubt, worry, fear or insecurity of any kind? You are not alone. Even great men and women of the Bible experienced these things. The Word said that even Jesus was troubled to the point of death in the Garden of Gethsemane when faced with His death on the cross. The reality is, the enemy will come against your mind with his negative suggestions, particularly if you are dealing with challenging circumstances. Let me encourage you today that you can overcome them and emerge with more victories than you ever imagined.
Every day you are faced with opportunities to demonstrate your faith in God and defeat Satan. Your first line of defense is a mind that is guarded by the Word of God. You must become a custodian over your thought life and refuse the negative thoughts of the devil by speaking the Word when they come (2 Corinthians 10:5). When you do, you’ve won your first personal victory over the enemy.
The first thing we must understand is that our mind is a battleground. I’ve often heard it said, “that the mind is the arena of faith and that every battle you face will be won or lost in your mind.” God wants your mind to be completely subjected to His Word so that you can overcome the enemy. But remember, the enemy also wants to control your thought life and he will gain access to your thoughts if you allow him to. John 10:10 declares, “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy…” He knows that your mindset will determine your feelings, actions and ultimately your destiny. If he can win the battle for your mind, he can destroy your life.
You can’t just close your eyes and wish bad thoughts and negative circumstances will disappear. When Satan challenges you, get in the fight and stay in the fight until you see the victory! I don’t care if you have to confess a scripture 500 times a day. Do what you have to do. Also, remember to put on the armor of God described in Ephesians 6:10–17. Declare that you wear the helmet of salvation (v. 17) and that you hold the thoughts, feelings and purposes of God’s heart, not the thoughts, feelings and purposes of Satan’s.
Once you’ve put up your defenses, those negative thoughts will still come, but stand strong. Know that the Word is the most powerful weapon you possess (Hebrews 4:12). Allow it to shield your mind and show you how to live victoriously. The Bible declares, “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he…” (Proverbs 23:7). Don’t become the victim of stinking thinking. Allow God’s Word to anchor your mind when the battle comes. If we will focus on, maintain and speak only what God has said we will experience true victory.