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Organizing the Inside – Day 201 Casting Down Every High Thing

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 10:5 (KJV)

Every negative “what-if” has paraded itself through your mind and now you are a nervous wreck.
That never has to happen to you again; really you can overcome this too. Your mind can be controlled by the spirit man but it will take a bit of practice. Just because your mind decides to hold you hostage by going into the mental default mode, “negative” doesn’t mean you have to go along with it. The Word of God teaches us that we have power over our minds.

Jesus bore negative thoughts when He hung on the cross.
Right along with our sins, Jesus also paid the price for our physical health and our mental health. Isaiah 53:5 says, “But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.”  There is nothing that can torment your peace more than negative thoughts that just keep popping up, right?

You may have to assert your authority.
Negative thoughts are a trick of the enemy; there is nothing new in his arsenal of weapons. The Greater One is in you!  First settle this in your mind, that Jesus died for you to be FREE mentally, spiritually and physically. Next settle it in your heart that you have the power to do what the Word of God says; bring every thought under the obedience of Christ.

If you are struggling with fear about the future because of bad thoughts your problem is more common than you think. I think every Christian at one time or another has had the forces of the enemy try to attack their thought life.  Here are some real life applications that will help you conquer a cluttered thought life once and for all.  If you practice making these changes it will change your life.

Seven Ways to Take Charge of Your Thoughts:
You can take each one captive and make it obey the Word of God.

1). Memorize scripture that you can recite out loud when your thoughts are under attack. Philippians 4:8 and Isaiah 41:10 are both an excellent place to start.

2). Speak directly to the negative thought and say “Negative thought, I take authority over you in the name of Jesus, you have no power and I render you null and void.”

3). Pray in the spirit, your mind can not comprehend, but the Word says, He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; 1 Corinthians 14:4 (KJV)

4). Write down the negative thought and then go through the process of actually burning the paper.  This will work as a visual image that the thought has been destroyed.

5). When Jesus was tempted in the wilderness, He spoke the Word of God.  Speak the Word of God aloud and say, “It is written (fill in your scripture here).” If there is a particular thought that keeps coming up then you can look up a specific scripture to use.  This will help to increase your faith, because faith comes by hearing the Word of God. So make sure you speak the words don’t just think them.

6). Sing praise songs.  God inhabits the praises of His people.  Psalm 22:3. Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is Liberty 2 Corinthians 3:17 and your mind can not and will not stay in bondage to negative thoughts when you are praising God.

7). Meditate on the Word of God. Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Isaiah 26:3 (KJV) Meditation is a way of recalling, pondering, thinking deeply and digesting the Word of God, over and over and over. As your mind and your heart embraces the powerful, anointed Word of God the bondage will be broken.  It is the anointing that breaks the yoke of bondage Isaiah 10:27 and Jesus is the anointed one Luke 4:18 and He is the Word. John 1:14

EXTRA: Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Psalm 103:1 (KJV) Your mind is within you.  Speak to your mind and tell it that it must obey the Word of God. What you say has the same creative force behind it as the Word of God, because you are created in His image and in His likeness.  All the more powerful than what you say is when you speak the written Word.  You have the authority to do it, now all you have to do is act on that authority.

Thank God for Jesus who came that we might have life and have it more abundantly! (John 10:10)

If you know of other ways to cast down negative thoughts, I invite you to post a comment. To help a sister who might be struggling.