II Timothy 1:7 says, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”
I have had several people ask me recently if I had ever experienced “bad thoughts” or even “evil thoughts” with no reason or explanation as to why they came. My answer was yes, as a matter of fact, there have been times when I am waiting to preach, I mean just minutes even seconds away from standing up to preach and these thoughts will come out of no where. I typically quote 2 Corinthians 10:5 which says, “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.”
The Bible tells us that when we have these thoughts they originate with the evil spirits that exist in the unseen world. They are everywhere, all around us in this world.
OK, so we know where they come from. Jesus quoted scripture to Satan when he tempted him in the wilderness and we must learn to do the same. We must recognize first that evil spirits exist in this world. Then we need to quote the truth to Satan. I usually pray something like this, “Lord I lift this thought up to you, taking it captive so as not to dwell on it, I give it to you.” Amazingly, it usually is done and dealt with. We cannot allow ourselves to dwell on these evil thoughts, this is where demon oppression comes from. If Satan can confuse us enough and get us sidetracked into thinking these thoughts originated with us rather than him, then he has a stronghold.
We demolish, disrupt, destroy, stop Satan in his tracks when we quote truth.
For the next 4 weeks I am preaching a series “The Unseen World” at 1st United Methodist Church Hillsville located at 225 Fulcher Street @ 630pm on Sunday evenings. You are encouraged to join us.