You cannot trust your emotions because demons can manipulate them!
Let’s face it; we live in a world that emphasizes trusting and moving with your feelings. When I was in high school, we all bought the T-shirt that said, “If it feels good do it!”
Today the youth wear Y.O.L.O. wristbands that scream “You only live once!”
This reliance on feelings and emotions is a big lie from the pit of hell to move us in the wrong direction!
Let me explain why.
We are made with a body, soul (our mind, will, and emotions), and spirit. (1 Thess. 5:23) When we accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, we became a new creation (2 Cor. 5:16) and we received a new spirit. The Holy Spirit came to live and dwell within us.
In the office, we joke around with our clients and often ask them, “When you received the Holy Spirit did you get a new body? Would you have liked one?”
It usually brings a giggle or two, but it highlights the fact that we are a new creation with the same body and the same soul. We didn’t get brand new memories or new emotions either. But the good news is we are now candidates for healing, deliverance, and sanctification.
The bottom line is we are not perfect without wrinkle or spot yet!
The soul man can be a vulnerable place of torment that the enemy provokes so he can use our past to control us!
Rev. 12 tells us that Satan fell to earth with little time and great fury. We are to use specific weapons against him: the blood of the Lamb, the word of our testimony, and the fact that we love our life not, until death. He can’t have your soul because of the blood of Jesus, so he goes after what is vulnerable, our testimony.
The demonic kingdom cannot read your mind, but they can put thoughts in your mind. I liken them to a used car salesman, they keep hitting you with lies and hoping one will cause you to bite and take the bait.
They work completely opposite of God. The Holy Spirit will write his thoughts first on your heart and then on your mind. He places desires in your heart that line up with his plans to prosper you. Then you think about them and they become your desires, your hopes, and dreams. You know they are from God when they produce the fruits of love, joy, and peace.
The demons, however, throw the thoughts in your mind first. Those ideas sound like this:
“I am not wanted here.”
“I am unworthy.”
“I am unloved.”
Then they sink into your heart and open the door for spirits of rejection, isolation, and abandonment to take root.
You can tell who is driving your emotions by the fruit they produce.
Our Soul Needs Help!
- It needs renewing! Romans 12:2 exhorts us not to be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of our mind (part of our soul) so that you may prove what is good and acceptable and the perfect will of God. Here’s good news, if God says it needs renewing, then it can be renewed! Did you know that your brain makes new neurons every day? They are like clean little chalkboards with nothing written on them. What you choose to focus on and think about is what will be written on them. If you begin today, centering your thoughts on the truth of God found in his word, your mind will be transformed a little each day.
- Our thoughts need to be taken captive. 2 Cor. 10:5 tells us to cast down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.When those ungodly thoughts hit you take them captive by saturating your mind with the blood of Jesus and proclaiming the truth. Declare out loud; “I am a child of God! I am redeemed by the blood of Jesus and I use that blood to take these thoughts captive to the obedience of Jesus Christ.”
- Your mind needs to meditate on good stuff! Philippians 4:8 says; One final thing, fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. I tell my clients all the time; “You can think about what you want to think about!”
When those negative thoughts start bombing your brain, tell the devil, you are in charge of your thoughts. Then dismiss what lies he is tossing at you and focus on what you want to think about. Often when that starts before I go to bed, I fix my thoughts on Jesus and I picture my head on his chest close to his heart. I like that picture. It’s what I want to think about. It makes the devil flee.
These are all excellent starting places for shifting into a new season of making your soul a well-watered garden of love.
If you have tried to win the battle of the mind on your own, and still do not have the victory, we are as close as your phone.