Seek peace and pursue it. -Psalm 34:14b
This morning as I was doing my devotion I found that my mind was all over the place. I had difficulty controlling my thoughts and even after praying it seemed like they were still taking over. That was discouraging in itself! I mean why weren’t my prayers working!? (SN: Just because I didn’t see immediate results didn’t mean they weren’t working—God’s word is true and says that He will do anything we ask in His name (John 14). Don’t forget to rest on that, even if we don’t see that thang happen right, right now) The lies that were attempting to infiltrate my entire being almost made me feel like I needed to put down my reading for a minute and come back to it later but I was reminded by the spirit to keep pressing through. I needed what was in that text! (Hence the enemy’s strong attempts to keep me away from it since the night before)
As I read, God began to answer many of the prayers I have prayed over the last couple months. He continued to encourage me and was even able to counter many of the thoughts that were rushing through my mind. Sure, I could have taken greater authority over the thoughts and rebuked them but honestly in the moment that’s not what I did. Because I didn’t hear these thoughts quieted quick enough I became frustrated with them, I wasn’t able to think clearly, and was becoming overwhelmed.
But what God showed me today is that in everything, I will have to press through the negative thoughts in order to get what I need. Seek peace and pursue it! In order to get to a better mind space, in order to have a productive day, in
order to experience the feelings of peace and joy, there will be some moments I will have to continuously press through the negative thoughts that seek to keep me bound and NOT live/dwell in them! I would have to keep on going knowing that God can work through those thoughts and still have His way!
We know the enemy comes to steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10). Today he attempted to steal my peace of mind, kill my quiet time with Jesus, and destroy the ability for me to get the word I have been seeking that will take me to another place in God internally and externally.
I want to encourage someone who is having invasive thoughts! Those negative thoughts that might make you want to just melt over and conform to them even though you know they are not from God.
1) Take authority over the thoughts
Although I didn’t think to do this then, I know now I needed to.
It is ok, wait no…It is imperative that we speak/pray the Scriptures because the devil can’t beat em! You can say: I have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16). Every thought that is not like God I bring it to the obedience of Christ right now in the name of Jesus (2 Corinthians 10:5). Christ has come so that I may have life and have it more abundantly, that includes my thought life (John 10:10). I am the righteousness of God and there is no condemnation for me because I am in Christ Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:21; Romans 3:22, 8:1). I am victorious and a conqueror and there is nothing man can do to me because God is my refuge (Romans 8:31-39; Psalm 27:1; Psalm 34; Psalm 91). [Find Scriptures related to your situation and use them!]
Take authority by speaking the word. Psalm 34 tells us several times that when the righteous (that’s us!) cry for help, He hears and He responds. Speak out to God and allow Him to rescue you from the tricky thoughts of the enemy by allowing His word to spring/well up in your spirit.
2) Press through the negative thoughts to get what you need…
Sometimes you just have to fight through the pain. Have you ever been exercising and when it gets rough your coach or trainer tells you to keep going? You literally think you have nothing left but their encouragement and probably the lack of desire to hear them fuss, pushes you to your max and you conquer a mountain you didn’t know you could!
Or a woman at childbirth, once she’s in the game she can’t give up. She has to press through that pain until she gets to that desired end.
While thoughts definitely don’t compare with the act of giving birth (I can only assume lol) they have the ability to be painful, throw a child of God completely off their game, and can literally be fatal if we give into them. But if we continue to press forward in the task at hand, whatever it is that God has you doing…
For me it was getting in my morning devotion. Other times it’s been right as I’m about to minister to others, or in the middle of ministering to others, or when I’m going to try something new, or when I start being obedient to God in a certain area, or when I’m finally ready to give up a pacifier I was using and step out on faith…
If we continue to focus on the positives of what can be possessed by pressing through the lies the enemy feeds us (because they are just thoughts, we would have to give into them and allow them to make us abort our missions) we will find ourselves on the other side basking in a victory and seeing that the enemies smokescreens are just that… *puff nothing but hot air.
Thoughts can be debilitating but they don’t have to be. Press through every negative thought today so you can be productive in God, encouraged in Him, and victorious in all your dealings today!
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