Have you ever struggled with so many thoughts in your head you thought you might go crazy?
You never thought your thoughts could have so much power, but they were strong enough to stop you in your tracks. Almost as if you were paralyzed by them.
It was almost as if they were real mental monsters holding you captive in your own mind.
I want to give you a few more thoughts to add to that never-ending list to help you deal with these mental monsters
These thoughts come from 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 .
The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.
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 ways you can deal with mental monsters
1.Spiritual battles must be fought with spiritual weapons
The first thing we need to understand about these mental monsters is that they will not be defeated with just any weapons. We have always been in a spiritual war. This is because contrary to the way we feel or think we are actually souls with flesh not flesh with souls. So the battle has always been a spiritual battle for our thoughts. Satan understands that if he can take our thoughts captive then the rest will follow.
So we have to stop trying to fight our battles with physical strength. We have to seek divine power to demolish these strongholds. An iron sword will be useless but the sword of the spirit will pierce right through it.
2.We let ourselves be taken captive
Your next move will seem counterintuitive. Everything we know or feel says that we need to move forward take down the enemy. We need to storm the fortress and take captive our enemies. The problem is that we have placed ourselves in friendly territory. We have assumes that we are the ones storming the enemy gates. But that’s not the case. We are on the other side of enemy gates. In a world broken by sin, our thoughts have been controlled by the spiritual powers of this world. Maybe this is why Paul in Romans 12:2 “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
Our thoughts are the ones that need to be taken captive. They need to be taken captive by Jesus. Jesus is the one storming the gates of enemy territory taking back what is His. These mental monsters don’t stand a chance against Him. But we have to get out-of-the-way. We have to step back and allow Jesus to take every thought that sets itself up against the knowledge of God and take it captive to make it obedient to Christ.