There are words floating through our minds at all times; some are good and purposeful, and others are not. Our mental monologue generally contains too much self-focused and self defeating babble. Like, “What a stupid thing to say.” Did they just ignore me? Am I that easily forgotten? “ I’m going do to that, don’t you think I can get away with that?” And on it goes. It’s exhausting.
Our mind sometimes need a refresher. Maybe you will benefit from this steps.
1. Ask the Lord to guard and direct your mind. Our mind is a place of intellect, reasoning, and intentions; our behavior begins in our mind, and our mind is where spiritual transformation happens. (Romans 12:2) The object of our regular thinking determines how our days, years, and ultimately our lives turn out. Everything starts in the mind.
Too often, we simply don’t bother to ask for the Lord’s protection, direction, and oversight in our minds. Starting now begin your day with a simple prayer: “Father God, by your Holy Spirit keep my mind firmly set where you want it to be focused today.
2. Recognize the source of self-focused and self-defeating thoughts. Given that your behavior begins in our mind, and our mind is where spiritual transformation happens, it is any surprise that the adversary wants to mess with our thinking? It must be his favorite first attempt to distract and disarm believers, and it usually works.
I have experienced periods of mental oppression that seemed almost physical. A feeling of heaviness accompanies my self-defeating thoughts. Most of the time, I realize that I’m engaged in a spiritual battle of some sort, but I cannot immediately free myself of it. I pray. I confess, I read God’s word. I pray some more. ( it’s should be noted that it’s not clinical depression)
Eventually my mind is unencumbered, but it’s not because I thought positively enough or talked myself out of it. That may work temporarily, but it won’t root the problem. I know who the enemy is, and I also know the only one who can defeat him.
Recognizing the enemy,and fighting him with God’s power and scriptural truth.
3. Replace self-focused thinking with a God-focused mindset. After praying for the Lord to protect my mind and recognizing the enemy, we have a choice. Will we train our brain to concentrate on thE things of God, or will we let it be consumed by the things of this world.
To focus our mind on God requires some work. If you don’t take purposeful action to set your mind on God, then your allowing your mind to go anywhere it wants to go. You know where it will go, and it’s nowhere good.
We should know ourselves so, even when your fully confident of God’s love and care, we still must decide what we will and will not think about.
The following Verse have helped me to set my mind on things above and not on earthly things.
If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not things that are on earth. (Colossians 3:1-2)
For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. (Romans 8:5)
Finally, brother/ sisters, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, 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. (Philippians 4:8)
4. Rest in the truth that you are accepted in Christ Jesus. I pray for the Lord to protect my mind, help me recognize the enemy, and work to keep my mind focused on God. Sometimes I will be successful, and sometimes I will not be. Over time. It’s good to know it will be more often the former.
These are days when we can rest in the truth, that we are at peace with God, and that we’re free from accusation, and that we are God’s children.
Through faith in Jesus, we are at peace with God. “Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Christ Jesus.” (Romans 5:1)
In Christ, we are free from accusation. “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” Romans 8:1)
In Christ, we are children of God and heirs along with Jesus.
“The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs – heirs of God and fellow heirs with Jesus. (Romans 8: 16-17)
Our identity in Christ is the central fact that influences our present circumstances and determines our eternal future, and it is available by faith a,one. Don’t doubt, don’t wonder, and don’t question it.
Accept God’s Gracious Gift, And Rest In It.
5. Repeat steps 1-4 daily. By using these five steps, I hope that the next time you feel stupid, ignored, or question your ability. You will learn to test your thinking. God doesn’t condemn us, so know that thoughts of self-condemnation are not from Him. There is no fear in God’s love, so when you feel afraid or defeated, We can safely ignore those thoughts.
Ultimately, God want us to be transformed to be like His Son, Jesus. Jesus did not engage in the types of mental machination that I’ve described He – He was totally focused on the will of His father. Because that was true of Him, it will increasingly be true of you, and someday, that work will be completed.