We have been taught well at The Spoken Word Church about the importance of our thought life and how to control it. This from Kenneth and Gloria Copeland's "Faith To Faith" devotional is another good look at this subject!
You can't win a victory as long as the problem is the biggest thing in your life! The Lord woke me up to that fact a few years ago. At that time I was facing some difficulties in my ministry that seemed so big to me, I thought about them from morning till night. Even though I was standing against them, I was thinking more about those problems than about the scripture promises I was standing on. Then I saw something in Matthew 6:24-25:
"Ye cannot serve God and mammon. Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life...."
I'd read that scripture hundreds of times, but that day I saw something I'd never noticed before. I saw that immediately after Jesus said, "No man can serve two masters," He said, "Take no thought." Suddenly it hit me: We serve our thoughts! That's why Isaiah 55 says for us to forsake our thoughts, and by the Word, take God's thoughts. That's why 2 Corinthians 10:5 says to cast down thoughts that challenge the Word and bring into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.
Do you want deliverance from your problems today? Then quit serving them! Quit allowing them to consume your thought life. And don't wait until circumstances change to do it. Instead, realize that circumstances won't ever change until you switch from wrong to right thinking. I know that's not easy to do, especially in the midst of heavy darkness and trial. But you can do it if you'll do these three things:
First, remember you aren't alone. You have the Word (God's thoughts). You have the Holy Spirit to strengthen you and you have the mind of Christ.
Second, get around people who are full of faith. Instead of rehearsing your problem, let them do the talking. Make yourself listen. Join in with their faith and resist darkness.
Third, praise God. Do whatever it takes to make yourself praise. When you begin to praise, God's presence will turn back those worried thoughts and make them fall!
Your problems are not the biggest thing in your life. Jesus is. Serve Him with your thoughts and He will set you free!AMEN! How YOU think about each and every situation you face WILL affect how the Word works in YOUR life! Train YOUR thinking to agree with the Word of God so that what you SPEAK will be the Word and what you DO will be in obedience to the Word. Remember, it is only His WORD that HE confirms with signs, wonders, and miracles (Mark 16:20)! Let's give HIM something GREAT to work with on our behalf! He is LONGING to do so (3 John 2; 2 Chronicles 16:9). Here is Hillsong United with "Here Now":
Shalom in Him!