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From youversion on taking thoughts captive

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

One of the most challenging issues for sparkers is that self-talk! I hope someone finds this helpful. This is from the youversion devotional "Living Changed: Spiritual Warfare." It's a free app with many topics. This was part of my readings this am.

"One of the most common ways we experience spiritual warfare is in the mind. The enemy is constantly hurling lies at us and trying to get us to agree with the discouraging, destructive, and dangerous things he says.

But Satan isn’t creative. Creation belongs to God. So the best he can do is figure out which lies hurt us the most and torment us with them over and over again. The attacks impacting us most today are probably the same attacks he’s been throwing at us our whole lives. But his lies only have power when we choose to agree with them.

When we agree with a lie, we give it credibility. We internalize it and let it become a part of who we believe we are. You’ll know you’ve made an agreement with a lie because it will sound like the voice in your head. If we heard an evil, hissing voice like something out of a movie, we’d never listen to it. But because it’s in our own voice, we’re so much more willing to believe it as truth.

When our thoughts are aligned with God’s word, the devil can’t lie to us. The apostle Paul encourages us to take our thoughts captive. That means not letting our thoughts run wild, but checking our thoughts against the truth of God’s word. He also urges us to think on whatever is true, noble, lovely, and praiseworthy. He understood the mind is a battlefield, and he wanted us to cast out everything that doesn’t line up with God.

Again, taking thoughts captive and casting out lies is active. We can’t simply think “go away.” Satan can’t read our minds. Sometimes we allow him to influence our thoughts when we pick up the lies he hurls at us, but only God is all-knowing and able to hear our thoughts. When Jesus was in the desert being tempted by Satan, Jesus spoke Scripture and told him to go away. In the same way, we have the authority to command him to flee in the name of Jesus.

With practice, it gets easier to spot the inconsistencies between what you’re hearing and what God promises. You’ll get faster at taking thoughts captive, speaking against lies, and realigning with truth. Ask God to help you spot the lies and remind you of the truth so you can more easily fight back!"
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    nice that yu are here to add yer comments--I enjoy read9ing them-Lynda
    20 days ago
    Yes lets be wise about what we eat--I absolutely love yer comments-Lynda
    67 days ago
    Although my own context for considering self-talk is more spiritual than religious/theological, the effect is very similar!

    I accept that I'll have 60,000 to 100,000 random thoughts a day -- just the way the mind works -- and that many of them will be focused on unpleasant events from the past and fears for the future. But: I not happening right now. And so I do not have to accord them a whole lot of effort, a whole lot of attention -- not even to vanquish them in some kind of battle. Just the TV burbling in the background, some kind of drama that doesn't have to touch or concern me: so I can instead be present in the moment, with the hummingbird at my feeder.
    67 days ago
    Thank you for your prayers--- he surgeries back on--so happy about that--- The goops Lord was listening--Lynda
    68 days ago
    Thank you! It is something I am always working on. emoticon
    95 days ago
    Excellent advice and thought provoking! Thanks for sharing!
    95 days ago
    Such rich and help advice! Thank you! 💐
    96 days ago
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    I try to adhere to Phillipians 4:13----thinking on things that are pure, lovely, and of good report. It takes diligence---But not focusing on negative things is very important.
    96 days ago
    Important work, to be sure. Kind of lines up with something I was thinking about as I "played" with the voices in the Runkeeper app on my phone. This is one of those exercise GPS apps, and it gives you audio cues at time and/or distance intervals. It offers a choice of voice options, and the voices say different things. Recently I've been using one called "Your Conscience", and while I laughed at being told I run like a bear just up from hibernation, it reminded me that we're not always very nice about what we say to ourselves, are we?

    Yep, capture the lies, expose 'em, and think on the things that are noble, true, lovely, and worthy of praise! Onward, one blessed day at a time!
    96 days ago
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