My name is Bad-Memory, an easy double barrel name for you to remember. I will be your host from now on, don’t even think that you’ll get over or past me for now. Just when you think you are, I’ll come steaming back through your mind again. Ha! You say you’ll conquer me with a few lines of the bible, but when was the last time you read it? You’re pathetic. Some sort of Christian aye?
You’re not going to have much fun from now on – Christ only likes good people. I will flood your mind with memories, terrible things people have told you and of course, what you’ve said about others and things you’ve done that seem stupid now…Hopelessly trapped in your own thoughts, that’s where you shall be under my authority….That’s where you shall be….
Written with care,
Does this niggling voice sound a little familiar in some areas? It sure does to me. Something will come up, be it making a decision or not making one, a mistake I’ve made, or simply something I’ve said and then I go into this over load of thinking which had become extremely draining – something needed to be done.
Bad-memory had taken full ownership of my mind for too long. The thing is though, I had allowed it to. I hadn’t set up any kind of filtering system so my thoughts just ran wild…Literally. Only when listening to Joyce Meyer, did I learn about the “Battlefield of [our] mind” where she highlights that we have to acknowledge what goes in our minds and putting a stop to certain things that aren’t pleasing to God.
So after digesting Joyce Meyer’s sermonette and reading through specific scriptures for myself, I learned (and still learning) to seriously work on putting these scriptures in place. I was a steady bopping Christian just doing that – nothing in particular. It took a while to realise I need to be active in my walk.
Prayer unlocked a new door. I stopped getting angry or cringing at myself for doing or not doing that thing I should have. If a thought charged through my mind, I’d acknowledge it first and reject the thought proceeding. At the same time, I’d spend time actually reading the bible so that I have scriptures to pull out whenever a doubtful thought for example, would float through the depths of my mind.
In my bible, (I read the New Living Translation – life application) I would skip to the back of the bible where there are loads of topics. In this instance, I landed at the section headed ‘thoughts.’
Philippians 4:8-9 popped up.
Verse 8 – And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honourable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.
Verse 9 – Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me [Paul] – everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.
(Paul was writing thing message to the people of Philippi)
Notice a few certain words and phrases – ‘fix your thoughts on what is true,’ ‘think…,’ ‘keep putting into practice…,’ very direct, active imperatives aren’t they? These words Paul has advised require actions from us.
If we are actively working on our thoughts, we’ll see a result of these things that try and haunt us not have so much dominion. If we’re fixing our thoughts on Jesus these thoughts have less power. I know the enemy is trying to use our thoughts as a way into our minds and have permanent residence there but we can’t allow that to happen. We’ll no longer be hopelessly trapped by our thoughts.
But there is a ‘but’ side; if you remove the ‘negatives’ (thoughts that fills our minds) you have to replace them with ‘positives’ otherwise you’re not balanced. Think of a pair of old fashioned scales – put in some flour on each scale equal in weight, your scales harmonise well and they’re balanced. Now, remove some of its contents on one side, the other will be left dangling and in this case it’s our thoughts. The idle space that remains will eventually be filled with worst thoughts than before if it is simply left unchecked.
First Peter 5:8-9 reads
Verse 8 – Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.
Verse 9 – Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith. Remember that your Christian brothers and sisters all over the world are going through the same kind of suffering you are.
So dear over-thinker, you firstly know you are not alone. I for one can say this is something I’ve wanted to get rid of from yesterday but the budding process of a Christ like walk doesn’t and will never happen overnight.
In closing, a message from another voice…a smaller, lighter one.
Beloved, when doubts fill your mind, I will comfort you. You’ve spent so long listening to the lies that Bad-Memory has told you, you now believe them. Give Me your heart, soul and mind and let Me renew them for you. Invite Me in daily. You don’t belong to this world, you’re just a tenant – let Me transform your mind breaking chains of the past shame, present setbacks, future fear and let Me change the way you think. Oh beloved, you’re no longer fragile, but strong; you’re free not longer trapped; you have joy, not just happiness. Nothing can separate you from My love. Nothing can separate you from My love…
The One who has never left you
Flick open your bible for some further readings (they’re in no particular order) – Psalm 94:19; Romans 12:1-2; 1 John 1:9; Revelation 21:4; Proverbs 4:23; Ephesians 6:17; Isaiah 26:3; Philippians 2:5 and Jeremiah 29:11-13.