*******IF ...WE DON'T TAKE CONTROL OF OUR MINDS - WHO WILL????*******
* 2 Corinthians 10:5* the bible says , we must learn to bring (every thought) into captivity. A big part of standing against the enemy of our souls is to take control over our minds. It really was astounding to me to find out ,
we don't have to entertain every thought that comes across my mind. I had a choice of whther to listen to them
or not. Do you ever have such thoughts as: If only I hadn't done that? Or self punishing thoughts, like: I'm such a failure, Nothing I do turns out right or Do certain thoughts keep going over and over in your head that cause you to fear, stomach go sour , chest start hurting? Please know this is not God giving you a revelation, it is the enemy trying to plant doubt ,anger,confusion, loneliness, fear, whatever bit of negative -ugliness he can, in your mind.
Satan has come to steal , kill and destroy. Are we going to let him? Let him rob us of all the blessings the Lord
has for us. I am not saying everything is roses and we aren't going to suffer some of life's circumstances.
But... we need to overcome each lie with prayer, faith and the truth of God's Word. We need to be aware of how
the enemy is trying to steal God's Word from us. When those thoughts begin to question the Word of God,
that is a sure sign the enemy is moving in to decieve us. Remember, *Proverbs 14:12* " there is a way that seems right to a man,but it's end is the way of death."
So..... we need to choose our thoughts carefully, if you don't take control of your mind the devil will. That is why we need to be careful what we allow in our minds. Personally for myself and my family , we are careful what we watch, magazines, books, music , radio programs and so on. The first question we ask ourselves is: Do they fill our minds with godly thoughts and feed our spirit so we feel enriched, clear-minded, peaceful and blessed OR do they deplete and leave us feeling empty, confused anxious, and fearful? God is not the author of confusion but of peace *1Corinthians 14:33* So example if you are sitting in church and all of a sudden , you envision the choir naked - LOL! that is a clue where it is coming from.Rather than beat yourself over the head for having impure thoughts, just tell the enemy to get off your brain , bind and rebuke him in the name of Jesus, tell himyou aren't letting your mind be his dumping ground. ************* Tell him you HAVE THE MIND OF CHRIST.************ We don't have to live with confusion or mental oppression. You can have clarity and knowledge even if the enmy tries to convince you that your future is as hopeless as his or you are a failure with no purpose , value, gifts or abilities .
**************God says exactly the opposite ******Believe God and nothing else.************************
LORD, HELP ME TO KEEP MY HEART AND MIND SATURATED WITH YOUR WORD SO I MAY NOT SIN AGAINST THEE . IF I HAVE EVER BELIEVED A LIE, SHOW ME SO I MAY REPENT AND NEVER FALL FOR IT AGAIN. HELP ME TO HAVE CLARITY, THAT I MAY KNOW THE DIFFENCE BETWEEN MY FATHERS VOICE AND THE VOICE OF ANOTHER. I DON'T WANT TO GIVE PLACE TO THE ENEMY IN ANY AREA OF MY LIFE NOR DO I WANT TO WALK ACCORDING TO MY OWN THINKING. I WANT TO BRING EVERY THOUGHT INTO CAPTIVITY.
YOUR WORD IS A DISCERNER OF THE THOUGHTS AND INTENTS OF THE HEART. AS I DO READ YOUR WORD LET IT REVEAL TO ME ANYTHING THAT MAY BE WRONG.
SPIRIT OF TRUTH , KEEP ME UNDECIEVED . I KNOW YOU HAVE GIVEN ME THE AUTHORITY AND POWER OVER ((ALL)) THE ENEMY. *LUKE 10:19*
HELP ME TO THINK ON THESE THINGS:WHAT IS TRUE, NOBLE, JUST , PURE, LOVELY,OF GOOD REPORT, VIRTUOUS, AND PRAISEWORTHY. *PHILLIPPIANS 4:8* AND I LAY CLAIM OF A SOUND MIND :) *2TIMOTHY 1:7*
SCRIPTURE REFERENCES ***ROM.12:2***2 COR.10:3-5***ROM.8:6***EPH.4:22-24***ISA.26:3***