Why do we allow Satan’s voice to interrupt our joy so easily?
How many times have you walked out of Bible study where you just had 2 hours of God’s love and truth poured into your thirsty hearts and spirits, and you started feeling oogie about the comment you shared in group.
Or when was the last time you were jammin’ to some Christian tunes and an ugly thought popped into your head about the fight you had that morning and suddenly, you’re angry again.
What about when you walked to your car after a great church service and noticed that the woman walking in front of you looked 10x better than you do in those jeans, and suddenly you felt ugly and unlovable.
Dang it, dang it, dang it!
How can the good be wiped away so quickly by the bad?
On the flip side, however, I’ve had really bad days that have been salvaged because of a kind word. But to be honest, the lift is minimal and short-lived. Why is that?
Is anyone but me tired of our willingness to entertain these negative messages strategically designed to take us out of the game? It’s like 1 step forward and then 10 steps back.
Not surprisingly, the Bible offers a suggestion.
“We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:5 (emphasis mine)
We do it. We are the ones who have to be intentional in stopping that train of thought. Sisters, it’s us. You and me. But just how do we do that?
- When those self-loathing thoughts try to land, speak out loud who you are in Christ. (Ephesians 1:3-8)
- When you are bombarded by messages that you are not valuable, remind yourself you are established by God. (2 Corinthians 1:21-22)
- When you feel unaccepted, remember that you are God’s child. (John 1:12)
- When your friends seem few and far between and you are lonely, know that you are a friend of Jesus. (John 15:15)
- When you believe you can’t do it, know that with Him you can do anything. (Philippians 4:13)
Without a doubt, the biggest battlefield is our mind. By allowing our thought-life to spiral out of control, we are opening ourselves up to certain disaster.
When your mind wanders to things it shouldn’t, bring it back. When it begins to think negatively about others, bring it back. When you begin to believe the lies of the Enemy, bring it back immediately.
You’re the air traffic controller of your mind and you say what thoughts land and what thoughts don’t.
Take that job very seriously.