In my own journey towards living a life of freedom in
Christ, I have found that often my biggest barrier to true freedom is the
battlefield of the mind.
Our thoughts about ourselves are so powerful!
How many times do we set out to shine for Jesus and walk in
joy, but as we begin our day the lies of the enemy begin to creep in saying
“You aren’t good enough”
“You aren’t qualified”
“No one likes you”
“You are too much”
These thoughts may not ring loud in our minds as much as we feel the effects of them in our lives.
Shying away from the chance at new friendships or opportunities, constantly hating what we see in the mirror, feelings of discontentment and inadequacy, low self-esteem.
We’ve all been there! Too often these feelings stem from negative thoughts.
My friend, we cannot walk in true freedom in Christ when we believe
these lies about ourselves!
So how can I find freedom in my thoughts you may ask? Well, it isn’t called the “battlefield of the mind” for nothing!
We have to fight!
We have to be on guard and daily “take captive” these thoughts that create bondage in our lives.
We may not be able to always control the negative voices and influences that speak into our lives, but we CAN use God’s Word to replace them with TRUTH! God calls us to renew our minds (Romans 12:2) and there is no better way than the truth of his Word.
You think “It’s impossible”
God says “With me all things are possible” (Luke 18:27)
You think “Nobody loves me”
God says “I have loved you with an everlasting love” (Jeremiah 31:3)
You think “I can’t go on”
God says “My grace is sufficient for you” (2 Corinthians 12:9)
You think “I’m all alone”
God says “I’ll never leave you nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5)
We have the gift of God’s word to combat these negative thoughts.
For me, that might look like quoting scripture when negative thoughts arise, setting that verse as my screensaver as a constant reminder of truth, or taping it to my mirror so I see it often. Having scripture that encourages me and reminds me who I am as a daughter of the King is empowering and leaves less room for the lies of the enemy to creep in.
What lies of the enemy
are you believing today that are holding you back from walking in freedom and
living as who Jesus says you are? How
can you fight to take them captive and replace them with the truth of God’s
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”Philippians 4:8