Learning to take control of our thoughts, deal with bad thoughts, and resolve problems we face in our mind, etc.
- Our thoughts determine our actions. Actions develop into behavior. Behavior forms lifestyle.
- Our thoughts affect our emotions/moods/feelings. Our emotions affect our spiritual, mental and physical states.
- Our imagination can either energize or impair us.
SOME MIND PROBLEMS
- Fear (of people, situation, non-existent things, etc)
- Lack of concentration (wandering mind)
- Confusion (double-mindedness, irresolute)
- Poor self-image (low self esteem)
- Denial, Deception and Incorrect reasonings
- Strongholds leading to compulsive behavior
- Diseases of the mind – depression, mania, schizophrenia, etc.
THE PROCESS OF TEMPTATION
Thought ↪ Imaginations ↪ Affects emotions, weakens will ↪ Action, Reasonings that defend the action ↪ Accepted practice ↪ Stronghold of the mind.
TAKING ACTION IN THE MIND
1 Peter 1: 3
- Take control of your mind. Your mind is your business.
- My mind is mine.
- I will decide what thoughts should go in my mind.
- I refuse to allow my mind to wander aimlessly.
- Avoid passivity. Do not keep your mind blank.
- An idle mind becomes the devil’s workshop.
A. TAKING CONTROL OF YOUR MIND – FIGHTING EVIL DESIRES.
Galatians 5: 24; Romans 8: 13; 1 Thessalonians 5: 21.
Whatever you feed, grows. Whatever you starve, dies. Starve the ‘fleshly lusts’, the ungodly desires of your body and mind.
B. TAKING CONTROL OF YOUR MIND – FIGHTING DEMONIC DARTS.
2 Corinthians 10: 4-6
- Understand your mind is yours.
- Judge or evaluate every thought, every reasonings and every imagination in the light of Scripture. Discern, Discipline and Deal with every thought.
- Speak the Word into your own mind. For every negative thought you may need ten positive thoughts to get rid of it.
- Paint new pictures in your mind. Create new pictures and Imaginations based on the Word of God, concerning every area of your life.
C. TAKING CONTROL OF YOUR MIND – FIGHTING NEGATIVE WORDS THAT PEOPLE SPEAK
Psalm 64: 3; Proverbs 12: 18; Proverbs 16: 24; Psalm 23: 3.
- We must develop the ability to receive or reject what people say.
- Words that people speak can either bless or hurt our mind, will and emotions.
- Therefore, we need the ability to counteract and limit the impact of negative words.
- Counteract negative words that people speak, with what God has already spoken about you. “I am who God says I am, I can do what God says I can do, I will become everything God has promised!”
- Receive healing from God for emotional hurts and wounds that have come through traumatic or unpleasant experiences.
D. TAKING CONTROL OF YOUR MIND – OVERCOMING FEAR & WORRY
Isaiah 26: 3. Matthew 11: 28-30. 1 Peter 5: 7. Philippians 4: 6,7
To walk in perfect peace you must discipline your mind to rest, rely on the Lord. You must maintain thoughts that express your dependence on the Lord and on outcomes resulting from your dependence on the Lord. Through prayer you can exchange your anxieties for His peace that will garrison your heart and mind. You can lay your burdens down at His feet through prayer. Pause, pray and exchange your worries for His peace.
E. TAKING CONTROL OF YOUR MIND – PULLING DOWN STRONGHOLDS
2 Corinthians 10: 4-6. James 4: 7
Pulling down Strongholds needs a bit more work. Thoughts, arguments and Imaginations come and go through the mind everyday. But Strongholds have been built over a period of time.
- Repent. Repentance simply means a change in your thinking. Start thinking differently. Submit that area to God.
- Reject (Resist) corresponding demonic spirits that may have gained entrance.
- Renounce every activity that would have opened doors to demonic influences.
- Remove the bricks. A Stronghold is a ‘house’ made up of thoughts.
Each one of these bricks that are built in the Stronghold has to be dislocated and removed with the Word. God’s Word is like a hammer that breaks them down. (Jeremiah 23: 29).
Scripture to Help Us.
- Lust for women Proverbs 6: 25. Proverbs 31: 3
- Fear 2 Timothy 1: 7, Proverbs 28: 1
- Fear of Rejection Psalm 5: 12, Psalm 119: 74
- Anxiety Philippians 4: 6,7
- Confusion 1 Corinthians 14: 33
- Lack of Concentration 2 Timothy 1: 7, A sound mind has a sound memory, sound concentration and a sound understanding.
- Condemnation (Accusation, Guilt, Unworthiness) Romans 8: 1, 33, 34.
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