There is often a lot on my mind at any one time. What’s going on with my family, my to do list at work and home, project deadlines, the weight of other’s and my expectations… and all this before my inner voice kicks in.
I have had to battle over the years to take the voices which speak in my mind. The enemy took great pleasure in having me replay old mistakes, talk down to myself and keep me feeling off kilter, unloved and alone with my thoughts.
There are four great weapons for regaining mental wellness on my heart to share today, friend. Because I know you likely think you are the only one these kind of inner conversations happen to, but that too is a lie.
- The Word is TRUTH.
The Bible is filled with stories of people under stress, duress and often living in messes of their own making. Jesus underwent beatings and beratings, all the while speaking the Word and drawing close to God every chance He could. When He went into the desert (aka a place of heightened stress and solitude) He fought the enemy back with three bible verses. HE DIDN’T NEED MORE THAN THAT! Here is a great verse to post, memorize and add to your weapon roster:
Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness,and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication.” Ephesians 6:11-18 ESV
2. God is holding you tight in all and each circumstance.
Every situation you find yourself in? It matters to Him, because YOU MATTER TO HIM. He is not just a God off in the distance, but God with us, intimately present in all the nitty grittiness of this life, friend. YOU ARE NEVER ALONE, no matter what lie your inner voice or the enemy tries to harm you with. Once you ask Him to be yours, He IS. Always and forever! There is one verse which reminds us of just how involved in our lives and powerful God is:
“We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:5
3. Bring everything, whether real, a lie or your own impressions, to God to discern whether what you are thinking is true or not.
Holy Spirit will help you learn what is your own voice, what is the enemy speaking to you, and what is God’s voice. Once you know what voice is speaking, you are equipped to know what to do with is:
- YOUR VOICE? If it is not speaking uplifting or truthful words, capture the thought and bring it to God for Him to help you tame that negativity. You might need healing from a past wound, or some retraining as to who you really are in Christ.
- ENEMY’s VOICE? If it is determined you have been listening to a lie? Expose it, declare the truth and break it off in Jesus’ name. If the same lie tries to return? Keep at it. The enemy will flee when faces with God’s truth and power.
- GOD’S VOICE? If what you are hearing is truth, follow here it leads or do what it is instructing you to do. God promises to be a Light for us when we are surrounded by darkness.
4. You are not alone in battling for your mind.
There is nothing new under the sun (Ecclesiastes 1:9), and no matter where you live, work, or who you love? That truth applies. We all have commonalities in our battles. There is one enemy who is trying to take out God’s children any way He can, because if he can keep us from walking in God’s power and strength, he essentially takes us off the battlefield. Isolation is also another of his tools. If you are feeling overwhelmed, speak up. Ask for prayer. Look for resources to help you. If it appears you may need medical help, go get seen. There is NO SHAME in seeking help at ANY TIME if you need it. The only shame is NOT reaching out when you need help the most.
A passage which many have held onto for hope on the hard days, Lamentations 3:28-30 is a great example of instruction and encouragement from God in just such stressful seasons:
“When life is heavy and hard to take, go off by yourself. Enter the silence, Bow in prayer. Don’t ask questions: wait for Hope to appear. Don’t run from trouble. Take it full-face. The ‘worst’ is never the worst.”
Friend, hold on to Him. He will anchor you through the worst of the storm, and help you make it through to the clear skies on the other side.
A great simple yet powerful prayer to leave you with comes from Dr. Tony Evans, and for those of us who often battle in our minds, it’s the perfect one to put to daily use when prying:
“Lord, guard my mind as I give my mind to you.”