God is calling you to have a sound, well-disciplined mind. Satan, on the other hand, wants you to think you are a helpless victim of negative thinking and that there is nothing you can do to control your thoughts.
Satan is a liar! He does not have the ability to control your mind. You do not have to accept the thoughts that he tries to plant in your mind. He cannot force you to think evil thoughts. He cannot force you to worry. He cannot force you to be fearful, discouraged, or depressed.
Satan’s power over your mind has been broken. He only has the power to attack your mind when you fail to resist and permit him to have access to it, so “...Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7).
Unfortunately, there are some believers who are allowing Satan to have complete access to their minds without putting up any resistance. Not only are they permitting negative, doubting, fearful ideas to enter their minds, they are allowing these thoughts to remain and are continually dwelling upon them. Their excuse is, “I cannot help myself.”
But you can help yourself! God has made it possible for you to have a one-hundred percent free, one-hundred percent victorious mind--but you must be willing to take aggressive action. You must recognize Satan’s attacks, resist the ideas he tries to plant in your mind, take authority, and cast out every errant thought in the Name of Jesus.
Paul told Timothy: “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7). The Greek word for sound is sophronismos, which is an appeal for soundness of mind or self-control. Paul was encouraging Timothy to develop a strong, sound, well-disciplined mind. He was instructing Timothy to discipline his mind by taking authority over it and focusing his thoughts on fulfilling the ministry to which God had called him.
Take authority over your mind today. Fill your mind with thoughts of the vision God has given you and how you will fulfill it. Focus on your destiny. Look to the future instead of the past. Refuse to be a victim of the tactics of the enemy in your thought life.
My FATHER, My God, this year let my life reflect the blessing of the Lord, I shall not be static, I decree PROGRESS, FAVOR, HONOR, AND INFLUENCE are my portion. My life is SALTED, My speech is SALTED, My Home and Business are SALTED in the name of Jesus.