Have you ever experienced this:
Something happens in your life–a setback, a reminder of a setback, or even a thought about a potential problem, and suddenly you find yourself on a ‘downward spiral’ of negative thoughts and self-loathing?
In very little time you can go from a ‘normal’ day to a battle within your mind, where you find yourself discouraged, or even hopeless.
I have had that experience a few times, most recently this morning.
So, what is going on?
When this happens…this overwhelming, cataclysmic onslaught of negative thoughts, I think it’s more than simply ‘a bad day’. I believe, in those times, it is a spiritual attack from our enemy, satan (yes, I believe he’s real, and he’s active in this world–like Jesus taught). The enemy of our souls is always seeking to “steal, kill and destroy” God’s work in this world, and he frequently does so by targeting us.
Very often the ‘target’ of his attack is our mind…our thoughts.
If we’re not careful, and if we’re not paying attention to what’s going on, we can find ourselves ‘on the ropes’ being pummeled (spiritually speaking). In those cases, we may question God’s love for us, His ability to use us and work in/through us. We may question our future, our relationships, our profession and calling…all of which is playing into his hands.
What we need to do instead is to prayerfully take back control of our thoughts, submit them to God, and believe instead what God says about us.
For me, this meant reminding myself of the following:
I am saved by God’s grace…not my own merit. (Ephesians 2:8-9)
I am not condemned, because I am ‘in’ Christ Jesus. (Romans 8:1)
My hope–and my help–is in the Lord. (Psalm 121)
I am “more than a conqueror” because of my union with Jesus (Romans 8:37)
I need to “take every thought captive and make it obedient to Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5)
…and I need to put on the “Full armor of God” to that I can “take my stand against the devil’s wicked schemes”. (Ephesians 6:11)
In fact, those are good passages to read and re-read, meditating on and soaking in…Psalm 121; Romans 8; Ephesians 6.
The point is this: Rather than believing the lies of the enemy, or the junk of this world, we have a choice to make: We must believe the truth of God’s Word!
We must stand on what HE says about us–nothing else, and no one else.
THAT is our secret to victory.
Don’t let faithless, hopeless and dark thoughts control you…take them captive and stand on the Word of God instead!
HE is your victory!