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Q:

How do you keep bad thoughts from taking over your mind? I'll be fine for a while, but then something will trigger my imagination and I'll start dwelling on things I know I shouldn't be thinking about. God must be very disappointed in me. How can I break this cycle?


A:

You’ve already taken the first step by admitting you have this problem — and not only admitting it but also realizing it’s wrong and wanting to do something about it.

Remember, God is just as concerned about our thoughts as He is about our actions, and He doesn’t want evil thoughts to occupy our minds. One reason God destroyed the world in Noah’s time was because “every inclination of the thoughts of his (man’s) heart was only evil all the time” (Genesis 6:5). Evil thoughts lead to evil deeds — and even when they don’t, they focus our hearts on evil rather than good.

How can you conquer bad thoughts, whatever form they take? Begin by turning to God and submitting your whole life — including your mind — to Jesus Christ. If you have never done so, confess your sins to Him today, and by faith ask Him to come into your heart.

Then fill your mind with God’s truth. In other words, don’t just empty your mind of evil thoughts, but fill it with good thoughts — in other words, with God’s truth as it is found in the Bible. Make the Bible part of your life every day, and memorize as much of it as you can. Then when evil thoughts come into your mind, immediately turn your attention to God’s promises and His love for you. The Bible says, “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you” (Psalm 119:11).

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  1. Tony says:

    Thank you for that answer, I’ve been dealing with evil thoughts that I can’t seem to control by myself but I know that with God I’m able to do all things He strengthens me to do.

  2. Zekeri says:

    Thank you very much. May God bless you.

  3. Lina says:

    I really needed it. Thank you

  4. Thembinkosi says:

    I want to say thank you for that message. I really needed that.

  5. Erick Kipyegon Kirui says:

    Powerful. I had been battling these in my spiritual life for many years. It’s helpful. Be blessed.

  6. Quatavious Long says:

    I want God to come into my life and show me a good sign.

  7. Joster H Choomkbe says:

    I believe the mind is the critical point for Satan’s temptations to confuse man. How can I tame the mind in the wake of all these secular matters around me; social, economic and even political? I can’t stop cheating, joking with friends and all.

  8. Judith hyten says:

    I dont want to use God’s Word to combat my thoughts because it’s true.

  9. Oyebiyi Tobi John says:

    I’ve been blessed for reading this. I need more of your tips to overcoming evil thoughts.

  10. Lindor says:

    Very helpful, I need help.