Controlling Your Thoughts

Do you suffer from disturbing or obsessive thoughts? If so, relief is available. It will be in an uphill battle, but with perseverance and the help of God, it’s a battle that’s worthwhile because it can be won.

Indeed, we live as human beings but we do not wage war according to human standards; for the weapons of our warfare are not merely human, but they have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every proud obstacle raised up against the knowledge of God, and we take every thought captive to obey Christ.(2 Corinthians 10:3-5)

The worst attacks come during the night when you’re trying to go to sleep. Some cases are worse than others. The trick is to divert the troubling thoughts by replacing them with something else. Even if the thought persists, perseverance will one day win the war.

Controlling Thoughts

Here is how to begin. When you’re trying to go to sleep, and a troubling thought invades your mind, deflect your attention from it by concentrating on your own breathing. Repeat one word: ‘inhale’. Don’t force feelings of any kind, and stay relaxed.

As long as your will is occupied on another task the obsessive thoughts will be held at bay. Choose a sweet thought or a beautiful picture to replace it. A sleeping pill will be helpful until the annoyance subsides.

Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.(Philippians 4:8)

Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.(Colossians 3:2)

There are also other more important remedies you may need in order to deal with the root cause of a problem. If you suffer from envy, which is sadness or anger over the good fortune of another, you will need to repent, otherwise, the attacks will increase.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.(1 John 1:9)

It’s a matter of breaking a bad habit.

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God- what is good and acceptable and perfect.(Romans 12:2)

Any vice, like anger, that has become a habit will make your life a needless ordeal. Put on the will to break the habit. It can and must be done.

No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. (Corinthians 10:13

Your weakness is making your life a needless ordeal. The same is true if you are a vindictive person when anger begins to seek revenge.

Pray for the spirit of forgiveness. Call on God to do the heavy lifting; because His grace is necessary to reduce and eventually destroy this passion of anger.

I can do all things through him who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13) 

You can see that a careful analysis of the cause of any problem is also necessary if you hope to rid yourself of it. Like any form of weakness, there’s a need to persevere in the healing process.

Morality should be an essential part of everyone’s education.

Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others (Philippians 2:2-8)

The Church is often criticized for insisting on this discipline by always stressing the danger of sin, but secular society claims the right to punish criminals, thieves, and those who do harm to others. To neglect a child’s moral training can lead to all kinds of trouble.

For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace, because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so (Romans 8 :5-7)

May the Lord be your strength and your joy as you carry out the responsibility.

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