According to statistics, on average, a person has 12,000 to 50,000 thoughts per day. That’s a lot of potential influence!
Our minds really are a battleground for Spiritual warfare. I still struggle with this daily and that’s why I’m sharing this post as a good reminder to myself and hopefully an encouragement to you.
A thought enters our mind as information and then we consciously or unconsciously choose whether or not we allow that thought access to our heart.
It’s in our heart where we meditate on thoughts, which in turn produce feelings. Those feelings have the potential to motivate us to action or inaction.
Thoughts are powerful!
Proverbs 23:7a tells us:
For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he...
Proverbs 12:5 tells us:
The thoughts of the righteous are right:
but the counsels of the wicked are deceit.
That’s the verse the Lord used in my devotions a few weeks ago that made me realize our thoughts are counselors—with the power to exert their opinion and persuade us.
It’s up to us which thoughts
we choose to follow.
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:
(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal,
but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)
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 10:3-5
We all have thoughts that enter our minds…the important thing to remember is that just because a thought enters our mind, it doesn’t make it true—nor do we have to entertain that thought.
We entertain a thought
when we allow ourselves
to dwell on it longer
than 3 seconds.
When a thought enters our mind, we must quickly discern if it is coming from God or if it is a fiery dart from the adversary:
Thoughts from God will be a still quiet voice of instruction and peace.
Fiery darts from the adversary will accuse, confuse, or oppress.
Thoughts from God will turn us to Him or toward others in love.
The adversary’s fiery darts will turn us inward to ourselves or toward others in blame.
How can we know when thoughts from the adversary have entered our heart?
By the feelings they evoke:
Feelings of condemnation, self-pity, hopelessness and despair—those are caused by thoughts (fiery darts) from the adversary.
When we begin paying attention to our thoughts as they happen,
we can examine them and determine 3 things:
By process of elimination, where is that thought coming from, God or our adversary?
If the thought we have is not from God, then we have three seconds to cast it down. If we allow ourselves to think about it longer than three seconds, then we are entertaining the thought.
Once we cast the thought down, we replace it with a truth from God’s Word and meditate on that truth. Believe on it in our heart and praise God for it.
This is one of the principles God used to deliver me from addiction. I know it will continue to help me now in my daily Christian life…if I will start practicing it more!
I encourage you to join me in capturing thoughts and discerning ‘whose counsel’ it is and then replacing lies from the adversary with God’s truth:
Thy testimonies also are my delight and my counselors.
~ Psalm 119:24