“Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;”
2 Corinthians 10:5 KJV
Do you wake up some days feeling bad, sad anxious and defeated? Then it is time to screen the train of your thoughts that either happened in the morning or the previous day.
The way we feel is directly connected to our thoughts. As a matter of fact, there is scientific research stating that when these negative thoughts come, our body begins to release chemicals in response to it which in turn adversely affects our moods. We become tired and stressed out and at night when it won’t let us sleep, we rely on sleeping pills to fall asleep.
This is why the Bible tells us to cast down every thought, imaginations or theories, not in tandem with the scripture. We are heavenly Beings in earthly bodies, therefore, we are to think as God thinks.
How we think also determines how we turn out. As the scripture says, as a man thinketh, so is he- Proverbs 23:7. We think like God in order to be conformed to His image. Our life is shaped by the thoughts we let dwell within us
Every thought that crosses our mind is to be brought to the obedience of the word of God. If the word of God says, The Lord is my Shepherd and I shall not want, why would I let the thoughts of lack and worry fester in my mind?
In the book of psalms, it says that because I am a child of God, nothing that ever belongs to me would be taken from me. so even if I lose a relationship, I draw strength from the fact that all things are working out for my good.
When in a difficult situation, why not praise instead of complaint? Complain makes us bitter. Praise keeps us joyful.
The devil knows He cannot have access to us until he gets into our mind first. He comes at us with bad thoughts so he can elicit negative emotions in us which would affect our performance and outlook for as long as the thought lasts. We are in a constant battle in our mind against the wicked one which is why we have to be at alert in order to refute any theory that does not agree with what God has decreed over our lives.
Negative thoughts can come in these modes;
1. Guilt-tripping –You feel guilty for past mistakes and cannot stop thinking about is.
2. Blame – You continually blame yourself or others for most of the mistakes that have occurred in your life. If only you did this if only they didn’t do that… This is even worse when we blame others in places we are supposed to take responsibility.
3. Jumping into unnecessary conclusions – Just because you have a thought does not necessarily make it true. So before you conclude you know the reason behind every action, think again.
4. Negative self-image – Thoughts of not being good enough for anything.
When these thoughts come, take up your weapon- the shield of truth which is the word of God. With it, we can trump any lie the devil will try to feed us with.
I look back on all the times I spent miserable, sad, anxious and I cannot even understand why i wasted the precious moments I cannot get back.
These days, I am more intentional in catching my thoughts, once it comes, I recognize it and shut it off. We are redeemed of the Lord, we have dominion here on earth and God has us in the palm of His hands. This is our truth as children of the Most High.
We become miserable because we let ourselves sink into the pit of despondency. Bad thoughts emanate from the devil, years of letting our experiences mould our thinking and they poison our lives until we become a shell of ourselves.
Why sit and think about the situation and occurrences I have no control over and can do nothing about? The only thing I know I can control is myself and how I feel. And I choose to feel good so I must think right so I can feel right. So I try to identify my emotions and the thought behind it so I keep my mood clear from going yo-yo.
I agree we are not robots, it is impossible to feel happy all the time but we can choose to always look on the bright side. We can make a list of all the things we are grateful for and keep it handy for times like this, Go out and engage in mood-boosting activities like helping others, taking a walk and listen to happy songs.
Let me add that this does not happen overnight, it is a life long process with daily practice. Practised mindfulness helps us keep track of all the thoughts we have in a day. Note how you felt when those thoughts came and record the time the thoughts creeps in.
Study the word of God, find out the truth then choose the thoughts you want to think about. When we do this, we redirect our brain to dwell on the positives we have chosen. If you are trying to chase away anxiety, picture a confident ’You’ and focus on this person. Get into character and it would become a part of you in time. Banish any negative self -talk that may try to creep into your mind throughout the day.
You can also talk to a godly person about these negative thoughts and maybe hearing them being said out loud will put things in better perspective for you. Controlling your thoughts takes effort but it gets easier with the more knowledge you have of God’s word.
You are not living in denial when you cast down these negative imagination, it only means that in spite of prevailing situation, there is a God who loves you very much and He is in control so we hold on to His truth.
Dwelling on negative thoughts is a barrier to our greatness. It is a strong limitation, disabling and crippling so we must be aggressive in our approach. Fight until we conquer with the help of the Holy Spirit in us.
“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
Philippians 4:8 KJV
What are some of the thoughts you need to take captive?
You are loved 💙💜💚