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I keep thinking evil thoughts about myself, God and other people. Some say it's because I am under attack to weaken my faith. How can I stop these thoughts?
Thank you for sharing your situation with us. I am so sorry to hear of the present distress you are experiencing. I hope this answer will give you hope and some practical advice to move forward.
Great Church leaders in the past often struggled with similar problems. This condition is not strange, unusual or particular, neither are you probably experiencing a mental condition. The good news is that it is both conquerable and curable. How? Well, speaking from my own personal and pastoral experience these steps may prove helpful:
1. I first encourage you to make an appointment to see your doctor. A good physical examination never hurt anyone and as the body, soul and spirit are interconnected and entwined, having the body examined and if necessary dealt with by a doctor may help you in your soul and spirit. Go see your doctor and get your bodily health checked out.
2. At the same time, with a trusted counsellor, confidant and friend, I would encourage you to confess and repent of any hidden or obvious sins. This fulfils the scriptural injunctions of James 5:16 and I have observed there to be a particular power in such open and shared confession.
This must be done privately and with a spiritual leader of the same gender. I'm sure your church Pastor or friends will be able to help with this.
I would also recommend that you speak to God directly and ask for forgiveness, as Jesus is our great high priest.
3. As a Christian, remember that we can pray to God whenever we need to. Daily, hourly, and where necessary by the minute and the second, let us offer our mind to God, submit our thoughts to Him. (Romans 6:13) We can always ask Him through the work of God the Holy Spirit to begin a cleaning in our mind and of our thoughts. (Psalm 19:6-14).
4. Following on from the instruction in Psalm 19:7-11, read the Scriptures more. Memorize them; read them out loud. There is something inexplicably powerful about reading the Scriptures aloud to ourselves.
5. Increase your praise. Even if we do not feel like praising God and especially if we do not feel like praising God. Praise Him anyway. Lift up His name. Whisper or sing Psalm 66, Psalm 68, sing loudly Psalm 91! Don’t wait for a musician, make up your own tunes. Sing! Praise the Lord. Make yourself do it and observe the good turnings in your own soul when you do so. Sing praises to God.
6. Reduce the pressure. Live life more simply. Be sure to take your weekly rest with God and then daily, do something which pleases your heart, which delights your soul, which gives you life and gives glory to God.
In summary then, please read (and then memorise) these Scriptures out loud:
Whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you. (Philippians 4:8-9)
I do hope this general answer to your question goes some way to helping you find peace with God through Jesus Christ our Lord. If you want to know more about what Jesus has done for you please watch the video on the main part of our site: www.lookingforGod.com
In closing, I want to encourage you to get more involved with your local church. It would be good to speak to a Christian leader or another trusted church individual regarding your question. I know they would be delighted to further answer you as well as offer prayer and support as you continue your spiritual journey:
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Here is another Bible Verse for your further consideration:
- Matthew 4:1-11
*Taken From The New King James Version of the Holy Bible unless stated otherwise
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