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4 Ways to Have Victory Over Your Thoughts

“Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5)

Picture this. You are standing in front of the mirror, but you are not alone. This day and every day, from the minute you wake up, you will be presented with various thoughts. Some are frequent visitors, and therefore become harder to turn away. But in some cases, certain thoughts in your mind need to know that they are not welcomed. What am I talking about? Well, sometimes when bad circumstances happen in our lives, we find ourselves becoming victim to negative thinking. Trust me, I have been there. During my teenage years, I battled depression, and even still today, am often tempted to give in to the same destructive thoughts that almost destroyed me.

So I speak from the heart when I say, we deserve so much better. This negative mindset may be familiar to you, but it doesn’t have to win.  These thoughts are not truth, and you can’t afford to let them take up residence. In this article, I want to share with you how you can send these negative thoughts packing and out the door, so that you can make room for much better things.

Identity the Culprit

“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10)

Ever watch a movie and find yourself screaming at that girl who can’t see that her closest friend is actually her enemy? Okay, maybe not screaming. But you do become quite concerned. Especially as you see throughout the progression of the film, that this friend does not have her best interests at heart. Well I want you to see yourself as this girl right now. The voice in your head that tells you are no good, or that you will never amount to anything, is not your friend either. Maybe you grew up with an abusive parent, were bullied as a teen or had a critical teacher who never believed in you. Although, you have moved past these stages in your life, these voices still remain. You know why that is? Because we keep opening the door of our hearts and minds to them. Every time you hear them speak, and do nothing, you are allowing them to exert control in your life. Many times, the reason we do this is because we have become so comfortable with their presence that we don’t even recognize them and the harm they are inflicting. So today, I want you to ask God for the wisdom to be able to see how this is potentially wreaking havoc in your life.

Change Up Your Surroundings

 “No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn.” (Isaiah 54:17)

Sometimes, we are well on the way to recovery from a traumatic event but because of our current surroundings, we find ourselves stepping right back into the same cycle of hurt and pain. Before any true healing can take place though, you must first get rid of the things that are holding you back. It is clear that whatever we feed ourselves on a regular basis will grow. Evaluate your day-to-day activities and the environment you find yourself in. What are you listening to? What are you watching? Who are you talking to? What are you eating? Believe it or not, all of these can contribute to feelings of bitterness and negativity. So do whatever you need to in order to release yourself from the toxicity. If the solution is not so easily accessible, pray that the Lord will make a way of escape. (1 Corinthians 10:13)

Don’t Forget Your True Identity

Since thou wast precious in my sight, thou hast been honourable, and I have loved thee: therefore will I give men for thee, and people for thy life.” (Isaiah 43:4)

You can tell a lot about a product, based on its price. You won’t find Gucci or Chanel items anywhere for less than a particular amount. With most material objects in life, there is a price. We have a price too. In fact, we are so valuable that it cost one man’s death. Yes, we are of such infinite worth that we are in fact priceless. When we fully understand our identity as in Christ, we become less likely to let in any strange thoughts that threaten to get in the way of our claims to royalty. The next time you feel low and discouraged remember that you are of more value than many diamonds…Believe it.

Focus on the Good

“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” (Philippians 4:8)

Behind every dark cloud is a ray of sunlight. No matter how dark your current circumstances, there is still much beauty to be found around you. We simply need to be intentional about seeking it out. At first, it may be hard to see past the dark clouds, but if you make it a daily habit, it may prove easier with time. Listen to positive, uplifting music that affirms your faith, and make it a habit to memorize Scripture. That way, when we are faced with negative thoughts and emotions, we can challenge it with uplifting words whether through song or vocal affirmation. Also, it’s one thing to chant affirmations, but it means nothing, unless we actually believe them. Let these words of life minister to your soul, and drown out all of those gloomy and self-hating thoughts. Here’s an example of this. If you keep hearing that you are worthless, and you have nothing to look forward to, speak aloud passages such as Jeremiah 29:11 and Psalm 139. You have much value, and lots to look forward to. Don’t give up hope.


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Alexandra Yeboah is a freelance writer and editor specializing in mental health and poverty-related issues. In 2012, she graduated from journalism and since then has discovered an insatiable love of travel, with her most recent trip being Nepal. Her blog, Speak The Words, features stories with a special focus on the intersection of faith and justice: speakthewords.com

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Alexandra Yeboah is a freelance writer and editor specializing in mental health and poverty-related issues. In 2012, she graduated from journalism and since then has discovered an insatiable love of travel, with her most recent trip being Nepal. Her blog, Speak The Words, features stories with a special focus on the intersection of faith and justice: speakthewords.com
  1. Reply

    Reminded of the song: Every high thing must come down, every strong hold shall be broken

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    2 Cor 10:3-5 says it as well as anything – we need to cast down those thoughts that do not line up with the Word of God!

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    This is so needed in my life right now. I always forget to talk to myself as if I’m a main character in a book or a movie.If I was reading about my life, what would I think or say to myself? Love this. Thank you.

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      Yes that’s exactly right. I find that a lot of the times when we approach this way, we are less likely to endulge in negative self-talk, because we rarely will talk to another the way we sometimes talk to ourselves! Thanks for reading 🙂

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    My husband did an exercise with the youth group guys last night that was similar to this. They spent 60 seconds in prayer and consciously fought off all the scattered thoughts that came into their heads. It was powerful.

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      Love this! Sounds great 🙂

    • Amy
    • March 20, 2017
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    Good word! We are each uniquely and wonderfully made and are so loved by a good good Father. I was just talking to my husband about how much our words can affect our spirits. Whenever I am overcome with self destructive thoughts, I always ask myself what is the lie that I am thinking? And I replace that lie with the truth! I am a beautiful daughter of the King! ❤️

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      Hey Amy,
      Yes we really are! And you so right. Words are really powerful. That’s a great way to sort out all of the lies we sometimes feed ourselves. Thanks for reading and for sharing that insight!

    • Leah
    • March 20, 2017
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    Beautiful! This was a great post 🙂

    • Kenya
    • March 20, 2017
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    This was a greatly needed post and I’m glad I read it! I’m learning how to embrace the positive and to turn the negative and try my best to make it into something positive

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      Awesome! Thanks for reading! I am so happy to hear that. You’re definitely on the right track!

  5. Reply

    I had never thought of labeling – overcoming anxiety as having victory over our thoughts, but it truly is!

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    Great article. His word says we are to take every thought captive. It is a struggle, but one that is so worth while! Thanks for the encouragement to keep fighting and be thankful. – Amy
    http://stylingrannymama.com/

    1. Reply

      Yes very true! I love that passage; speaks such power. Thanks for reading!

  7. I love this! Taking every thought captive is so hard and its so important to be ready with weapons.

    • Tara
    • March 21, 2017
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    Great tips! This reminds me of the book “The Battlefield of the Mind.”

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    I have struggled with negative thoughts and patterns of thinking. I think sometimes we turn to ways of thinking that are more familiar because there’s a little bit of comfort in what we’ve always known, instead of training ourselves to change our mental habits.

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      Hello Maria,
      I am sorry to hear that. You are so right. We do tend to resort to the familiar and the known, but by God’s grace we can overcome this and we will!

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    Thanks, great article.

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    We definitely have to find ways to guard our hearts and to take every thought captive. The devil is so tricky and will try and slide these untruths in at just when we need to be hanging onto the truths with all our might.

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