Statistics show that a person has on average 50,000 – 70,000 thoughts per day. Whether those thoughts are negative or positive is another story. In the last couple of years, I’ve become more aware than ever about the management of my thought life. I’m still managing it, and I don’t think it’ll ever stop.
Why does it need to be managed in the first place?
Fear, doubt, anxiety, insecurity, lust, pride, false assumptions, and anger, just to name a few of the reasons why my thought life needed and still needs to be held in check.
These are a few things that I know many of us have experienced and have had thoughts about:
“What if I’m rejected?”
“I’ll just fail again.”
“It’s not like I’m really cheating.”
The danger comes when those thoughts get a relentless grip on our heart as they temporarily appease our emotional state. Thoughts become seeds of identity and behavior in the bed of our hearts. “I’ll just fail again,” leaves you locked in a frozen state of fear ultimately insuring nothing gets accomplished and prematurely aborting something great. Even if what you accomplish is solely the lesson from failing, you can’t really call it failing then, can you?
Intentionality is key here. I remember coming to my Dad with a situation regarding my fear and anxiety and he gave me gold that I’ll keep for the rest of my life. He said, “Rebuke it, in Jesus’ name.” In essence he handed me 2 Corinthians 10:4-5, “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ…” Two important things here: I brought Jesus to the table, and, I realized I really did have control over what I allowed to be embedded in my heart.
So, here’s an easy process to begin to take control of your thoughts and walk in victory. Addressing your thoughts, ask: Does this line up with the Word of God? If not, ask yourself why it’s affecting you the way that it is. What’s at the root of the thought. Then, reject the thought in Jesus’ name. Period. And finally, fix your mind on the opposite. If fear comes knocking, thank Him for courage. If false identity and insecurity knock, speak His promises over your life. You’re formed in the image of Christ and a child of God, not a slave to fear. I think you get the idea. 🙂
Most importantly, spend time in His presence. A song I’ve been ministered by really explains it. “Prince of Peace” from Hillsong United, recently released on their Empires (Of Dirt and Grace) album, has been wrecking me every time I hear it.
“Your love surrounds me
When my thoughts wage war
When night screams terror
There your voice will roar”
Needless to say, I highly recommend it. The words couldn’t ring more true. Let His love surround you as you walk in victory and defeat every lie of the enemy.