Do you know approximately how many thoughts that go through your mind each day? While I don’t know the exact number, I know that my mind is always busy jumping from one thought to another. The problem occurs when our thoughts don’t align with our beliefs or when we start believing the lies.
The devil lives in our minds. When we are stuck in our heads all day, thinking and dwelling on events of the past or worrying about our future, then we give him room to work. My daddy tells us to stay away from him. The devil is on a leash. He can’t come to us, we have to go to him. We do this when we start believing the lies. With each one, he draws us in a little further. Before we realize what is happening we are visiting with the enemy all day. Then we become melancholy and weaker.
I have learned when I get in my cycle of continuously thinking to break the cycle. Anytime we think something bad, we need to recognize that the Lord doesn’t place bad thoughts in our minds. Lies, gossip, worry, anger, hopelessness, evil, etc. all come from the enemy. He slips them into our thoughts and hopes that we will run with them. The Bible, however, tells us to meditate on the good things.
Philippians 4:8-9 (KJV)
8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
9 Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.
Things to help me break the cycle:
- Paint or color
The devil will steal our peace if we allow him to. He has the ability to turn our blessings into heartaches. He will take every aspect of our lives and transform it into a problem—if we listen to him. If we truly want more peace, then we need to spend more time seeking peace.
Love and blessings,