Lately there is a lot of popularity about our brains and certain ‘brain tests’ and the need for all of us to exercise and train our brains in order to help us fight dementia. While watching one of the programs where the audience was asked to watch a scene and then take a memory test I had a thought. Why does our brain see images that are depressing, seductive and seem so very real but they are just that, images and have never materialized into reality? Do you ever wonder that?
I am a Christian, well… doesn’t being a Christian make me exempt from these images and thoughts? The answer is ‘no’ it doesn’t.
To try to make sense of my own situation I began to search the Bible for scriptures pertaining to thoughts and images and how to defeat those uninvited distractions. In my mind is where the battle is. I know it is a struggle for a lot of people and yes even Christians to not have negative thoughts or see negative images. As I get older it seems to be more common that the enemy (Satan) of my Christian way of life is bombarding me with these images or thoughts.
Now each of us battle different images I know. Where my images might be to make me fearful of aging and being alone, yours might be of sickness or even death. It might be that you see images in an entirely different arena. You may fight pornography or sexual images that you know are wrong and could be destroying you or your relationships.
What do you do??? Have you like me prayed and cried to God your Heavenly Father to help you and those images still don’t go away, they keep resurfacing?
Read on to what I believe the Holy Spirit has told me through the Word of God, the Bible that will defeat those thoughts and images. In Proverbs 23:7 it says, ‘As a man thinks in his heart, so is he’. Now that is powerful.
This verse literally means that we control what we think about! We have power and authority over what we do with those thoughts and images that come into our minds!! Are you grasping that? Also in Ephesians the scripture says, ‘casting down imaginations and bringing into authority every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God’. God’s Word is telling us that if we trust him and use his Word against these images we can conquer them and they have to cease.
Yes it will be a battle but a battle that can be won step by step by quoting the Word of God. ‘Casting down imaginations and every high thing’….that’s the Word of God and are you ready to quote it? Are you ready to get victory over these images that are haunting you? Are you ready to cast these thoughts and images down? They truly are tormenting to the mind and the good news is that these torments will stop IF you fight them by quoting and believing the Word of God.
I once heard a minister give this little illustration; you can’t stop a bird from flying over your head but you can stop it from building a nest. This is how you must compare the images that come into your mind. Those images or thoughts are going to come but when they do you quote the powerful and alive Word of God, words in your Bible and they have to leave they cannot set up residency in your mind.
Today I pray with you and for you that the Word of God will be alive in you. I pray that you will not allow images or thoughts which are destructive to become real in your mind. I pray that when these thoughts come you immediately say, “No, I do not receive these thoughts and images, I bring them under subjection and cast down the imagination of them”. Repeat the scripture in Proverbs, “As a man think in his heart so is he”. With these scriptures and you saying them OUTLOUD, you can get victory and you will find that eventually they will become less and less often until they go away. Victory is for you, believe it and I know you will finally have peace. The images that used to haunt me have so subsided that they rarely come around! I am thankful to my God, through the power of his son Jesus that I have victory and I am free from the torment of wrong images and thoughts in my mind.