Dont let the devil invade your thoughts

I don’t know about you but I sometimes struggle with negative thoughts, and ever since re-dedicating my life to the Lord again, those thoughts seem to me more frequent than usual. I read a book a few days ago that this is the devil that keeps replacing your positive thoughts with negative ones, trying to make you stumble, trying to make you give in and go back to your sinful life.

 

Like for instance, I feel God is leading me in the direction of fasting, it has been on my mind quite a lot lately but every time I think of it I also have this thought pop in my mind saying you will never last, don’t even bother starting because you do not have the will power to follow through to the end, if that is the case then why has God placed it in my heart to fast.

 

The bible says we need to take our thoughts captive, so for me this means that the minute you have a negative thought you need to discard that thought and replace it with a positive one and discipline yourself with this do it over and over again until the negative thought is no longer there

 

2 Corinthians 10:4-5 – For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ.

 

I have been speaking to a friend who recently did the Daniel Fast, if I am not mistaken he did it for 21 days, which is quite a long time, he said it is very difficult but that this is the time that I must stand strong and not GIVE UP, he suggested that seen as this is the first time in my life that I will be fasting that I do not do it for a long period of time, so I am going to start off with just 1 week.

 

This will definitely be a true test of how dedicated I am to strengthen my relationship with God. That is my goal so that I can grow more in my walk with the Lord, I am so hungry for more it seems like I can’t get enough.

 

This is why I am being bombarded with negative thoughts, because I want to be closer to God.  It’s not just with the fasting it is really with a lot of aspects in my life, I really struggle with my thought life, to get a handle on it is NOT easy, I am trying though. I AM A WORK IN PROGRESS, with every passing day the negative thoughts don’t become easier or being a Christian does not become easier, the difference is that as we mature in Christ with every day we become stronger to fight the battles against the Devil.

Philippians 4:8-9 – Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.

 

Has anyone read the book A battlefield of the mind by Joyce Meyer? My friend told me to get it as he had the same problems with his negative thoughts, and said I should get it… I have looked all over for this book and cannot find it anywhere. I will continue to look for it though sure eventually I will find it.

 

1 Peter 5:8 – Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.

I find that reading books have also helped my along this Journey so here are a list of some of the books I have read they are all really good.

 

A Divine Revelation of Hell – Mary K Baxter

A Divine Revelation of Heaven – Mary K Baxter

Walking in your own shoes – Robert A Schuller

A Case for the Real Jesus – Lee Strobel

He came to set the captives free – Rebecca Brown

Prepare for War – Rebecca Brown

From Bondage to blessing – Dee Alei

 

Not all of these books relate to dealing with negative thoughts however they are all books that have helped me along the way.

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Posted on December 30, 2011, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 19 Comments.

  1. Hi Bernadette,

    As your spiritual sister I would like to say congrats on making the decision to fast during the New Year. It is a great challenge BUT God will see you through this challenge. Now I know you may trust your friend dearly and sometimes the devil has control over our friends too and we may not know it but you just allowed him to give you another negative thought by believing that the fast is hard and you will only do it for a week. Think about it. When I read that paragraph I said wow she still allowed Satan to pick her brain and made her believe she is not capable of standing on God’s shoulder during this fast. I have NEVER fasted before, the only time I fast is when I’m asleep lol, but I know that in order for me to get through these 21 days I have to rely on my faith and the word of God. There is such a large group of people who fast and there is no way you don’t have support in the flesh and in spirit. So girl friend I want to believe that you are changing your mind and doing the entire fast. Today allow yourself and hour to look up recipes and join an email group to give you scriptures each day so you can be encouraged my sister. The devil bows down to Jesus just by mentioning his name. “Get thee behind me Satan in the name of Jesus” and he must leave you. Don’t ready those books for encouragement read God’s word. I’m going to post the ABC’S to living a Christian life when you’re concerned about something later. This post just encouraged me to share it. Think about this scripture, Psalms 138:8, “The Lord is perfecting that which concerns me”. All week I found so much hope in that scripture. You can find the same hope! Love you girl and God bless! Sorry so long. It was the HS in me that led me to encourage you some more!

    • I do trust my friend, as he has helped me so much on this journey that I am on, in fact if it were not for him I would not be on this Journey, he did say that we can choose how long we want to do it for, he did 21 days as well but he is starting another one as well in the new year but only a 7 day one.

      You have encouraged me indeed, so 21 days it is lol. IT WILL BE HARD, I think the devil will try EVEN harder during my fast. Thank you for the encouragement.

      God Bless

      • You’re welcome and all you have to do is use your blog as your platform! I definitely will. Tomorrow i am going shopping for fruits and veggies! Happy new year doll, many blessings! Fasting starts at sun down in jan 1 and we are ready! 😉

      • 🙂 good luck, I have decided to start mine round about the 5th though. Looking forward to it.

  2. You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you :)! I will be doing a Daniel fast myself. Our family is in the process of goal-setting, prioritizing life, considering changes needed, etc. New years are always good for that. New year, new leaf.

    Re: Joyce Meyer’s book – I haven’t read it, but have you tried your local library?

    Blessings!

    • Thank you, yes a new year is a good s time to start, I must admit I haven’t tried the library, I have however decided to order it online, as I like to highlight points I feel are important and make notes, so a book from library would prob not be best lol.

      I wish you the best with your fast as well.

      God Bless

  3. Hi Bernadette,

    Thank you so much for your post! Whenever I read here I always reap encouragement and gain some things to think about.

    And yes, I too struggle with negative thoughts. Being an addictive personality, Satan’s minions have a ready made wedge that I constantly have to fight.

    One of the scriptures that helps me when I feel like giving up and giving in is is iCor 10:13, “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”

    When I remember this verse I know that giving up is only of the flesh, in the Spirit, God has given me the strength to continue.

    Also, implicit in this verse is the idea that, as I grow in the Lord, so will the severity of the temptations I may have to face. But still, God does this only that I may grow stronger in Him.

    Finally, if you are interested in the book, “Battlefield Of The Mind”, I see it is available on Amazon. Not sure if you can conveniently use Amazon from where you live, but it is also on both Kindle and iBooks. Even if you don’t have a Kindle device, you can download an app for your PC, iPod, etc. and read a downloaded copy of the book.

    • Thank you John, I too always find inspiration in your blogs. Thank you for the scripture I will most certainly keep that in mind, I have decided to order the book online. Can’t wait till I can get to read it my friend said it is brilliant

  4. Sorry, I forgot, God bless you as you fast!

  5. Battlefield of the mind is an excellent book. I highly recommend it. Great post!

  6. Bernadette, this is the struggle I was talking about that is in my post for Monday. Negative, angry thoughts toward family members that have been believing and spreading lies about me for quite some time now. I tell myself to let it go, then something else happens and I get dragged back down again. Thanks so much for this post – I really needed the encouragement.

    I have fasted before, but am borderline diabetic and can’t go for hours with no food. I normally can go a day or two, but have to have something small to keep my bloodsugar level up. You have given me the incentive to seek God’s guidance on whether I need to start a fast to go along with my prayers about my family situation. I will have to do research on the Daniel fast – have heard of it, but am not really familiar with it. thanks.

  7. Bernadette,

    I must thank you again for your post here. Reading it made me realize that I had been thinking a lot about fasting, but usually at a barely conscious level. Reading your article brought it all out into the light and I have begun my own study of Biblical fasting.

    I came across an article that might interest you: http://www.bible.com/bibleanswers_result.php?id=179

    It has certainly provided me with a lot on information.

    God bless you as you begin this new year.

  8. I have problems with negative thoughts, too, and sometimes I really struggle to refocus. I’ve found that trying too hard to ‘think positive’ actually tires me out. Sometimes we just hit a mental dip. Keep the faith and ride it out 🙂

    You can order ‘Battlefield of the Mind’ on kalahari.com (here: http://bit.ly/rRHTZ4 ), or try cumboeke.co.za. Hope that helps 🙂

    Good luck with the fasting!

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