Recently, I woke up with a strong impression by the Holy Spirit to listen to the declaration by Apostle Joshua Selman the last time he ministered in the church I attend. I did this immediately the two times it was impressed in my heart. Later that week, the thought of my mum dying kept coming to my mind. Instantly, the part of his words (YOU WILL NOT BURY ANY OF YOUR FAMILY MEMBERS THIS YEAR) kept echoing in my heart. I began to declare it and Psalm 91:16. Thus, the imagination of my mum’s death fizzled out.
At another time, I had a conversation with someone which made influenced my mind to nurse the fear of me not married in my late thirties. The Holy Spirit reminded me of one of my confession: “Drink water from your own cistern [of a pure marriage relationship]. And fresh running water from your own well.”Proverbs 5:15(AMP). I began to quote it aloud to my hearing and soon the thought left me.
Experts estimate that the mind thinks between 50,000 – 80,000 thoughts a day. That’s an average of 2100-5300 thoughts per hour. That’s incredible! But the part they’ve not been able to prove is how often these thoughts can be conflicting. The mind is a battleground where thoughts war against each other. Each of us has a responsibility to equip ourselves to always win. Below are some points that can help you:
The ears and eyes are the major gateways to the heart, consciously decide WHAT and WHO you listen to, and how their contents influence you. While you may not be able to control the sources of the contents, you can control their influence on you.
“Above all else, guard your heart, for it affects everything you do”Proverbs 4:15(NLT).
We are human beings but also spiritual beings. Constant meditation on God’s word reinforces our inner man spiritually to win this inevitable war of thoughts.
“For the word of God is living and active…. discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart”Hebrews 4:12.
Make a daily decision to fill your mind with the right content. The heart is a vacuum that cannot be empty, what you fill it with is what it express in your words and actions. Replace bad thoughts with good thoughts by replacing the contents that produce them.
“And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.”Philippians 4:8.
You don’t combat thoughts with thoughts, you combat thoughts with words. As you fill your mind with the right content, fill your mouth with it too! Say them aloud to your own hearing. Consistency is the fuel of habit. Never let a day go without your mouth confessing what your heart desires, especially as written in the scriptures. This enables the words to register in your heart.
“Since we have the same spirit of faith according to what has been written, “I believed, and so I spoke,” we also believe, and so we also speak” 2 Corinthians 4:13.
PRAYER STARTER: I receive grace to ponder on things that are right and my mouth speaks accordingly always. No evil thought shall prevail over my heart because I’m helped by the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Written by Tunmike Umarudeen
The Elevation Church (TEC) has been set up by God to develop its members as witnesses of Christ while empowering them to achieve the highest levels of distinction in life, led by Pastor Godman Akinlabi, the church is based in Nigeria with multiple expressions in Lagos.