The mind is a powerful tool and can be used to accomplish both good and evil. That’s why it is ever so critical that we seek to strengthen the mind against unpleasant thoughts that creep in from various sources. We especially need to guard our hearts and minds against the lies of the enemy by reinforcing certain principles on a daily basis. It is our hope that the following four truths will assist you in the task of remaining conscious of one’s own thoughts.
The Power of Positivity
Being positive is necessary especially when one is going through a circumstance in life that could cause you to become negative. Positivity is something that needs to be practised daily and can be something as simple as reading an inspirational quote or book. It is stated in Proverbs 23:7, “As a man thinketh in his heart so is he.” Meaning that if you tend to be a positive person, your energy will radiate to others whom you come in contact with. Rejoicing in the Lord always is a Biblical passage which speaks to the fact that we should be glad in whatever situation we find ourselves in (Philippians 4:4).
The Power of Prayer
Prayerfulness is a definite shield that we can use to ward off the attacks of the enemy. We should ensure to keep constant communication with God, to the point that it becomes a lifestyle. We are told in 1 Thessalonians 5, that we should “pray without ceasing…for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” If even the angels pray, then certainly we should or else how can we as feeble human beings expect to function in this world? Prayer aids in bringing us closer to God—Being in His presence alone will cover us with His Spirit of peace which can counteract against the destructive thought patterns that form in our minds.
The Power of Persistence
Persistence in maintaining a relationship with God is key to overcoming the daily challenges that creep up on us. Yet, despite the challenges we may face, we have to make a consistent effort to safeguard the mind against belittling and negative thoughts. When we strive to maintain our relationship with God—whether through prayer, witnessing, attending regular church services or taking part in worship activities—we show God our vested interest in Him and our desire to remain a part of the winning team.
The Power of Proclamation
Proclamation could be in the form of declaring God’s goodness through singing, testimony or the written word. Speaking out publically shows the enemy our stance in the work of God in our lives and especially that he is not welcomed. It also helps to show others what you believe by affirming God’s mighty influence and His power to protect you against all forms and manner of evil. Now, this doesn’t mean that bad things will not happen to you. However, you can remain strong and encouraged knowing that whatever storm you may go through, God will be with you, and will never leave you nor forsake you (Hebrews 13:5, Deuteronomy 31:6).
When you align your life with the will of God’s, He positions you for blessings and the high calling He has placed on your life. If you seek to fortify your mind with good and beautiful things, then the influence the enemy has over your life becomes severely limited. While the Lord doesn’t promise that life will be easy, we can be rest assured that the Lord does not want us to live dull and mediocre lives, rather He has ordained that we let our lights shine for Him (Matthew 5:14, 1 John 1:7, Ephesians 5:8).
God wants His children to succeed in this life, but we have to seek Him daily and prayerfully, in order to make sure we are walking in His will and to claim the blessings He wants to bestow upon you. Now, is the day to start declaring out loud God’s promises to you!
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