All of us have thoughts in our mind that should not be there. We think not only negative but also sinful thoughts; thoughts that are ungodly and that doesn’t belong with us as Christians.
Too many times we just accept it as something inevitable. We might know that it is not as it should be, but are satisfied with the fact that everyone thinks like that, and there is nothing more to it
But the Bible tells us to be active changing our thinking. Paul says to the Christians in Corinth that we have to cast down thoughts and imagination that has exalted itself against God. Note that it do not say that Jesus is going to cast the thoughts out, but we shall do it by the mighty weapon God has given us. This is a true help when we want to be free from depression.
Read from 2 Cor:
(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ
(2Co 10:4-6 KJV)
Those verses are really challenging us, right? It is so easy to think that I can not do anything about my thoughts, but instead Paul says that we have got mighty weapons to cast down the things in our mind that should not be there.
We have in our mind imaginations, things that we believe, things that this world has polluted our mind with that needs to be cast down. They have taken the place above the word of God and hinder us from being free from depression, fear, discouragement, anger etc.
When you are being hurt and experience difficulties those events create thoughts in your mind that should not be there. Those negative thoughts want to be on the throne in our mind, but it is up to us to cast then down. When our mind tells us to be bitter and angry on people that have hurt us, we can not allow that.
When we have thoughts of revenge and they want to take control we can change that, when hopelessness and discouragement take its grip, we can cast then down by using our spiritual weapon and experience how the hopeful message from God fills our mind.
Why should I do something?
Sometimes we think that it is unfair. Why should I be responsible? Why can’t God just come and take those thoughts? I must admit I have been thinking so many times, but that is not how it works! God has promised us to help us with everything, but He works through you and me, and if we use the weapon, He will give the power and ability! Look at yourself as a coworker with God!
What weapon do we have? Well, in Ephesians we have several verses that tell about the armor of God. (Eph.6:10 ff). Only one of the items counted there is a weapon of offense. That is the word of God. The word of God is the strongest force against negative thinking. It can’t be said too many times! That is a great way to be free from depression.
Then of course we have prayer and worship that both are wonderful weapons when we fight against depressive thoughts.
God has given us everything we need, so let’s start the fight!