“This is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalm 118:24).
Have you ever woke up in a bad mood? Have you ever felt or said: “I just woke up on the wrong side of the bed this morning?” and allow it to dictate the rest of your day? Even without an “amen” section, I will confess that I have–plenty of times.
However I am learning, in these days wrought with things that can make me feel hopeless, anxious, frustrated, impatient, doubtful–and a host of other feelings that are not from the kingdom of God–I don’t have to stay on the wrong side of the bed just because I woke up on it. No matter what negative feeling I woke up with, I don’t have to carry it with me throughout my day. No matter what negative emotions my circumstances facilitate me into feeling, I don’t have to choose them. I can choose joy. I can choose peace. I can choose to rest in the promises of God. And you can too!
I am learning that in these times of trial and tribulation, I have to fight to protect my heart and my soul (mind, will, and emotions). I encourage you to do the same. Don’t just accept the onslaught of negative thoughts, feelings and emotions from Satan (the enemy of your soul). Stand up and fight!
We know that there are two kingdoms in this world: (1) the kingdom of God and (2) the kingdom of darkness. Anything that is not from the kingdom of God is from the kingdom of darkness. Negative thoughts, feelings, and emotions are from the kingdom of darkness. Therefore, anytime you experience the aforementioned, understand that the enemy has come.
We know that Satan only comes for three reasons: (1) to steal, (2) to kill, and (3) destroy (See John 10:10). When you sense him operating in your life, fight back! Ephesians 6:12 tells us that we don’t wrestle with flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”
Thus, you must fight back in the Spirit. Doing the following helps me defeat negative thoughts, feelings, and emotions when they come. I hope they help you too!
Spending time with the Lord
As a believer in Jesus Christ, you must spend time with the Lord. In order to cultivate and grow deeper in your relationship with God, you must make it a priority to set aside time to pray (talk to the Lord, sit still and wait for Him, listen to Him, and do what He tells you to do), read the Bible, and worship the Lord. When you spend time in the presence of God, you can confess and renounce any negative thought patterns, feelings and emotions. The Lord is faithful and just to forgive you of your sins and cleanse you of all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). He will deliver you from them or give you the wisdom, knowledge, and understanding to overcome them by the power of the Holy Spirit.
I would recommend that you spend time with the Lord every day. It will change your life! Some may say it’s religious, but I say it’s commitment. You spend your time doing everything else throughout the day. Why not spend it with your Creator, the one who has a plan and a purpose for your life?
Putting on the whole armor of God
More often than not, I start my day by praying to the Lord. And I don’t contend for what I want until I have on the armor of God: (1) gird your waist with truth, (2) having put on the breastplate of righteousness, (3) having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace, (4) above all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one, (5) take up the helmet of salvation, and (6) the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God (Ephesians 6:14-17).
There is a battle being waged for our souls. It’s a battle of life and death. Stave off the negative thoughts, feelings and emotions from the enemy by putting on the armor of God. Understand that the enemy plays to win, and he never takes a day off (See 1 Peter 5:8).
Working myself up in the Spirit
Some days I don’t feel like spending time with God. Some days I don’t feel like reading the Bible. Some days I don’t feel like praying. Some days I don’t feel like worshipping. I don’t beat myself up about it or condemn myself. I know that it could be an attack from the enemy–wanting to keep me from doing these things. I know that it could also be my flesh warring against my spirit. My flesh doesn’t want to do any of these things but my spirit does. So I move beyond my feelings and I take the first step by:
- Putting on a worship song and singing along to it.
- Renouncing every feeling that I recognize is not from the kingdom of God (i.e. “Jesus rebuke you Satan. You have no place, dominion, or control. I renounce every spirit of anxiety, fear, frustration, anger” etc). Replace the dark with the light by declaring God’s word over your thoughts, feelings, and emotions.
- Speaking the word of God over myself (i.e. “I am the righteousness of God in Jesus Christ. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. I am more than a conqueror through Him who loves me” ). Say it aloud. Things change when you declare God’s word aloud.
- Read the Bible and believe what it says about you and God.
Sometimes you don’t feel like doing what you know you need to do–especially when you are in the throes of a negative thought, feeling or emotion–but do it anyway. You will be surprised how quickly your thoughts, feelings, and emotions change!
Getting in (and staying in) agreement with God not Satan
Understand that as believers in Jesus Christ, we are His bride. We are in covenant with Him (the bridegroom). Why would we let go of His hand (the One who keeps truth forever) to link arms (get in agreement with) Satan (the Father of lies)? Anytime we choose to believe those negative thoughts, feelings or emotions or let them rule over us, that’s what we’re doing.
Instead, when those negative thoughts, feelings, or emotions come, get in agreement with God and cast them down. Bring every one of them in captivity to the obedience of Christ. Make your thoughts, emotions, and feelings line up with what God and His word says about you (See 2 Corinthians 10:4-6). Don’t agree with the enemy by walking, acting, or responding out of the negative thoughts, feelings, and emotions Satan gives you.
Watch what you watch
What you watch and listen to has a huge impact on your thoughts, feelings, and emotions. It matters what you feed yourself. You cannot think that you are going to walk in righteous if your feed yourself unrighteousness by listening and looking upon things that contradict the word of God. Scripture tells us that “the lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness!” (Matthew 6:22-23).
I encourage you brothers and sisters to take control of your thoughts, feelings, and emotions. You don’t have to accept everything that comes into your mind. Because of Jesus Christ, you have the power and authority to cast down and rebuke any and everything the enemy tries to put in your mind. Fight back! Be led and empowered by the Holy Spirit.