The biblical term for thoughts which are negative is referred to as a stronghold, an area in which we are held in bondage (in prison) due to a certain way of thinking . For example a daily negative thought pattern for me, when suffering depression, would run like this: “life is not worth living, I am worthless and I will never be happy again”. This train of thought would play over and over in my mind keeping me oppressed, depressed and in bondage, a prisoner held captive by my thoughts.
You may be experiencing this battle with a negative thought life right at this moment, maybe you have strongholds in your mind, scripts you have been playing for years and you’re not even sure how they got there. Let me encourage you, God is on your side He will not forsake you.
There is a war going on and your mind is the battlefield but here’s the thing, as Satan attempts to build strongholds in your mind rest assured we have all the weapons we need to tear down the strongholds. Strongholds in the mind are, in essence, deceptive lies and false beliefs. The Bible has promised you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free (John 8:32). I believe what Jesus was saying is that the truth (God’s word) is our primary weapon for tearing down strongholds. Consider it this way, the opposite to a lie is truth, therefore the more time you spend immersed in truth (reading the Bible, hearing Biblical teaching) the light of God is shed upon the darkness, the lies in your mind.
Without question the truth will dispel the darkness, that my friend, is the power of God’s word! Take a simple example of walking into a dark room, we switch the light on and the dark is gone instantly, light and dark cannot coexist and so it is with truth and a lie so go ahead ‘switch some lights on’ disempower Satan’s ability to influence your thoughts. X
August 6, 2013 at 2:10 pm
Wonderful word…thank you for sharing 🙂
August 9, 2013 at 6:31 pm
There really is a battle going on being aware of it helps us win it, Great word!!
August 10, 2013 at 8:55 pm
August 10, 2013 at 8:57 am
Good word. The Word of God changes our thinking.
August 10, 2013 at 8:56 pm
August 10, 2013 at 7:28 pm
I so needed to read this, as have been feeling under attack in the area of my thoughts and fears. Thanks for the wonderful reminder to shine His light onto the darkness that threatens to wash over us.
August 10, 2013 at 8:55 pm
So happy to hear it was a timely reminder… keep shining the lights x
August 20, 2013 at 6:35 am
AMEN! Great post!
August 25, 2013 at 6:30 am
Thank you for the like on my poem — know?. You ArE beautiful and courageous. =) Yep: it all starts in the mind. The descent, the ascent. Health. Renew our minds, right?