Who Controls Your Thoughts: Day 2

Here is the devotional:

When you tell yourself, I can’t overcome this addiction, whose thought is that?

Or when you think, I have to have this drink, whose thought is that?

Or when you entertain such thoughts as, I am nothing. I have no value. I don’t have power over my emotions of lust or anger, who is doing the talking?

We know these thoughts come from Satan because they are all lies, and he is the father of lies (John 8:44).

Satan makes quick work of planting thoughts and directing them. But his thoughts do not have to have the last word. You have the power to control your own thoughts. So, how should you respond to Satan’s suggestions? The same way Jesus did when Peter tried to keep Him from going to the cross. Peter told Jesus, “God forbid it, Lord! This shall never happen to You.”

To which Jesus replied, “Get behind Me, Satan!” (Matthew 16:22-23).

Jesus knew that the words came from Peter, but the thoughts came from Satan. And when Satan gets into your mind, he gets into your actions. The key to overcoming him is to take your thoughts captive.

Here are the verses referenced:

Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

John 8:44KJV

Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus;

Hebrews 3:1 KJV

Here are Stu’s thoughts:

Back some 12 years ago there was a time where I felt I could never stop looking at porn. I mean heck I had been looking at since 12 and watching it since I was probably 15 on VHS (yeah, I’m THAT old…😂)

I was like the guy in the Movie Home Run drowning and screaming I can’t stop. I tried over and over and over again. But the problem was that I was trying to it in my own strength. That was impossible as 20 plus years had proved and that little lie of I can’t stop was real I tell ya.

BUT I did stop watching it eventually. Habits die hard! But once I hit the 30 day mark those thoughts/lies of I can’t stop didn’t hold so much weight.

It truly took two years total before I was completely clean from porn. It took a lot of people speaking powerful words into my life, a lot of prayer, accountability and digging to find out why I was looking at it in the first place.

In the third paragraph he states…

Or when you entertain such thoughts as, I am nothing. I have no value. I don’t have power over my emotions of lust or anger, who is doing the talking?

Let me tell that once doubt is set it the devil doesn’t need to prod us along we do it ourselves, but once God uses another person to speak life to you…that is a game changer! Trust me.

I went from doubting that I could stop to believing I could!

The tongue is a very powerful thing! It can either build some one up or tear them done.

So use yours to build someone up. You never know what they could be struggling with at that moment.

4 thoughts on “Who Controls Your Thoughts: Day 2”

  1. Uh! The tongue! You nailed it. The book of James has a lot to say about it. But God gave us the tongue (just like everything else) to bless, and we CAN use it for that. We cannot understand the power of our own words; yet we understand the power of someone else’s words in us.
    Glory to God in you, in overcoming!

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