SPIRITUAL BATTLES

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NOT ALL THOUGHTS ARE OF GOD SO YOU MUST TRY THE SPIRITS to make sure that what you are hearing is of the LORD. (I John 4:1) So how are you going to know if the things you’re hearing are of the Lord or not? #1: If the thought is NOT according to the WORD, it’s NOT the LORD! #2: If it causes you to be DISCONTENT or UNHAPPY or it causes you to be BITTER, NOSTALGIC, or it causes you to be DISSATISFIED, or CRITICAL of others. If any of the thoughts or ideas that happen to come into your head cause you to be “discontent or unhappy or critical of others”–including critical of YOURSELF–these things are NOT of the Lord!

THERE ARE ALL KINDS OF THINGS ABOUT YOURSELF THAT THE DEVIL TRIES TO GET YOU DISCOURAGED ABOUT, & when he attacks or tempts you with these kinds of things, that’s NEGATIVE THINKING.–It’s thinking NEGATIVELY about YOURSELF. It’s a battle for all of us. All of these sort of doubts & murmurs & complaints are negative thinking!

So what do we do about this problem? We have to recognize what negative thoughts are: thoughts that are not according to God’s Word, & thoughts that cause you to be discontent or bitter or dissatisfied or unhappy or critical of others, as well as yourself. Thoughts that get you discouraged or jealous are from the devil because they cause you to be discontent & unhappy. Any thoughts that make you unthankful or unhappy or bitter or that cause you to murmur are the Devil’s negative thoughts!

THE END RESULT OF NEGATIVE THINKING CAN drive you CRAZY!–Because if you keep it up, soon you won’t be able to CONTROL your thoughts any more. All these negative things that you’re constantly thinking about & dwelling on about others & about yourself, or the past, soon they start to become very REAL to you.–ESPECIALLY the negative things about YOURSELF. Negative thoughts constantly whisper DEFEAT until finally you ARE defeated–because you BELIEVE it! “As a man THINKS in his heart, so IS he!”–Pro.23:7.

SUCH NEGATIVE THOUGHTS ARE A BUNCH OF LIES & GARBAGE OF THE ENEMY, “strong delusion”! (2Th.2:11.) And to listen to them & believe them is believing the DEVIL’S words! If they’re not of the LORD, who ARE they from? And if you start believing them, WHO are you BELIEVING?

WHEN YOU READ & BELIEVE GOD’S WORD, IT GIVES YOU FAITH. “Faith cometh by hearing the Word of God.”–Rom.10:17. But when you listen to & believe the DEVIL’S word, you know what it gives you? DOUBTS!–Doubts are MONSTERS which devour & destroy you! So the solution to this downward negative spiral is to “REBUKE the Enemy in Jesus’ name when he tempts you with these negative thoughts!”

FILL YOUR MIND & YOUR HEART with POSITIVE, ENCOURAGING, STRENGTHENING & FAITH-BUILDING THOUGHTS from God’s WORD.–REMEMBERING, MEMORISING & CONTINUALLY QUOTING to YOURSELF & even to the ENEMY when he attacks you, & claiming such promises of God constantly as you CLING to His WORD!”–And keep PRAISING & THANKING the Lord. Keep FIGHTING!

THERE IS POWER IN POSITIVE PRAISE. When you’re feeling down & discouraged you really need to praise the Lord & fight. But if you wait until you get really down, the LAST thing you will feel like doing is praise the Lord. It’s really HARD to praise when you’re discouraged. But if you’ll praise when these negative thoughts first begin, you can easily stop them! It can seem like such a SMALL thing at first; but if you realize what is HAPPENING in the very BEGINNING, you can easily RESIST the Enemy & cut him OFF!

Also, think of POSITIVE things, think about all the things you DO have, all your blessings, instead of complaining about all the things you DON’T have. Don’t get consumed by thinking about YOURSELF!

NEGATIVE THINKING can work its way from your MIND to your HEART, & pretty soon it starts coming out your MOUTH–negative, critical, destructive comments.–Just the OPPOSITE of what happens when you are feeding yourself with GOD’S Word & listening to the voice of the LORD! When you’re really feasting on the WORD, that’s what comes out of your mouth, “for out of the abundance of the HEART, the mouth speaks!”–Mat.12:34.

THE CURE FOR NEGATIVE THINKING is every time you get a negative thought, immediately PRAY for that person or situation & REBUKE it! Pretty soon you will be praying for people & situations a LOT. The Enemy certainly doesn’t want you PRAYING, so if he knows every time you get one of his thoughts you’re going to PRAY, pretty soon he’ll STOP! Or if he knows that every time you start to think critically about YOURSELF, you’ll start PRAISING & THANKING the Lord & quoting Scripture AGAINST the Enemy, he’ll stop attacking you.–If not IMMEDIATELY, at least EVENTUALLY.

THE RULE IS: IF IT GETS YOU DOWN, DON’T THINK ABOUT IT!