As women we are bombarded with attacks on who we are: our appearance, our ability, our roles as wife, mother, sister, friend, and coworker. Psalm 139 (pictured below) is one my favorite sources of truth to fight the battle for my thoughts. As believers, we each need to be confident in who we are and whose we are. Here are some simple steps you can take today to capture negative thoughts and make them obedient to Jesus Christ. (2 Corinthians 10:4-5)
- Be alert and sober minded.
- 1 Peter 1:8 tells us that “our adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion seeking someone to devour!”
- Consider what you are thinking. Is it true or is it a lie?
- A great way to know truth is to see if you can connect it to scripture. Is there a scripture to support believing that thought? If there isn’t then make sure you consider carefully before allowing it to hang out in your mind.
- Lies allowed to hang out in your mind become beliefs upon which we eventually act.
- When lies come, and they will, be ready to reject them and replace them with the truth of who you are. I’ve given you a couple of examples below.
- “I’m not good enough” could be replaced with “I am God’s child and He says I am enough.”
- When your enemy tries to isolate you and get you to believe that you are alone, and he will, remember whose you are. “I belong to God.”
- Below are “I am” statements to get you started in this substitutionary process.
|I am God’s Child||John 1:12|
|I am free forever from condemnation.||Roman 8:1-2|
|I am God’s workmanship.||Ephesians 2:10|
|I am confident that God completes what He starts.||Philippians 1:6|
|I am redeemed and forgiven.||Colossians 1:14|
|I am born of God; the evil one can’t harm me.||1 John 5:18|
|I am bought with a price; I belong to God.||1 Corinthians 6:19-20|
- This is a process that requires passion, persistence, and personalization.
- We won’t defeat the enemy over night. It takes a passionate pursuit of God and His Word.
- We must persist even when we would rather give up. “Do not grow weary in well doing for at the proper time you will reap a harvest.” (Galatians 6:9)
- We must anchor our minds in truth by placing our name in the passage.
- For example, Philippians 1:6 would be “I am confident that He who began a good work in me/Elizabeth, is faithful to complete it.”
- We must repeat the process as many times as necessary to train our brains in biblical thinking.
- Find and submit to accountability.
- We all need someone who loves us enough to tell us what we need to hear not just what we want to hear.
- We need someone we can send an SOS “Need Prayer” text when we are in the thick of our mental struggle.
When Jesus said, “I come to give you life, and life to the fullest” that includes knowing we are His and He is in us. “Christ in you, the hope of glory” Colossians 1:27 tells us. Today may we walk in the FULLNESS of God’s Word.
Let us give thanks to the Lord for we are indeed fearFULLy and wonderFULLy made.
Serving with Love,