The spiritual battle which we engage in daily takes place mostly in the mind. Therefore, if we can learn to control our mind and manage it well, the enemy won’t be able to have his way with us. It sounds simple enough, but it takes practice. By practicing these tips I’m going to share with you, you’ll be able to keep your mind calm and sound. Here are six ways to prevent mental overload.
All scriptures come from the NKJV unless otherwise noted.
“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.”
– Ephesians 6:10
The Bible tells us we’re in a spiritual war. Like any soldier at war, we cannot let our guard down. If we do, our enemy may strike and take us out. Likewise, it’s important to remain strong and not allow ourselves to become distracted or weak spiritually. It’s so important to continually pray to God and yield to the Holy Spirit.
When you’re not strong enough on your own, call on the Lord and the power of His might. When you are weak, He is strong. (2 Corinthians 12:10) By remaining strong, you’ll be able to withstand hardships without being wiped out.
We’re all different and that’s a good thing. You cannot do everything others can do and vise versa. God created you uniquely and it’s important to know your boundaries and limitations. There are times when we take on more than we can handle. Listen to your body and spirit if you need to let go of certain activities.
We are only responsible for the things God tells us to do. Don’t push yourself too hard or you may end up with negative attitudes and emotions. Those will only harm yourself and those around you. Therefore, say no when you need to and remain at peace in your everyday life.
Analyze Your Thoughts
“Finally, brethren, 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”
– Philippians 4:8
A large portion of our spiritual battle happens in the mind. That means we cannot neglect to take inventory of what we’re thinking about. The enemy likes to drop thoughts in our heads, hoping that we’ll believe his lies. Always take time to think about what you’re thinking about.
Are they godly, peace, and love-filled thoughts? Or are they evil, slanderous, blasphemous, and sinful? Many people live in fear and worry because of the thoughts that live in their heads. Cast down those thoughts and lead every thought captive into the obedience of Jesus Christ. (2 Corinthians 10:5)
Focus on God and meditate on His word daily. This will help you in this war we find ourselves in. When the enemy throws a lie at you, you’ll have a huge arsenal of scriptures to cancel out his lie with the truth.
“…above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.”
– Ephesians 6:16
Talk To Yourself
Have you ever had someone call you because they just need to talk? They’re emotionally upset and needed some clarification. Well, we need that too. It’s okay to speak out loud. In fact, the spoken Word of God is the sword of the Spirit. That’s how we show the enemy we mean business. He’s not afraid of a Bible that’s on a shelf collecting dust. He’s not even afraid of people reading the Bible. He’s afraid of Christians being changed by it and speaking it out loud, claiming God’s promises for themselves.
When you feel your emotions and thoughts getting out of wack, remind them who your God is. Remind them all that He’s brought you through and His faithfulness. For example, defeat the emotion of loneliness by speaking out loud, “God is with me wherever I go. He will never leave me nor forsake me.” Keep speaking it until your emotions catch up with reality.
Don’t Let Discouragement Win
“I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
– Philippians 4:12-13
We all face setbacks in life and it’s normal to feel discouraged at times. However, we cannot let discouragement win. Refuse to give up! If you know God has called you to do something, then the enemy will certainly attack you. Take that as confirmation that you’re doing the right thing.
Get determined and motivate yourself to continue pushing through the difficult days to obtain the promised land God has for you.
Don’t Allow The Devil To Make You Feel Guilty
I’ve realized that many people don’t know the difference between conviction and guilt. Indeed, God convicts those who are His because He wants them to stop sinning and live the life He called them to. Sin hurts us and He’s a loving Father. Therefore, like any good father, He tells us when we’re doing wrong so we can repent and change the direction of our life.
On the other hand, the devil wants us to feel guilty and live in guilt. Jesus died for our sins and took the penalty we deserve. By believing in Jesus, we are no longer guilty. This means there’s no reason to feel guilty. Whenever God convicts you, truly repent and leave that sin alone. If you don’t abandon that sin and change your ways, you’ll continue to feel convicted and the enemy can use that to draw you into guilt.
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Guilty thoughts and attitudes hurt us and those around us. It can lead us to unknowingly invite the spirit of heaviness to live upon us and cause hopelessness and despair. Whenever you feel guilt, repent and believe that you are forgiven. For the scriptures say:
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
– 1 John 1:9
Believe it. Say it. And move on.
There’s no doubt. Life is difficult and at times, unfair. But you can live in victory through the power of the Holy Spirit. Six ways you can prevent mental overload include:
- Be strong.
- Understand yourself.
- Analyze your thoughts.
- Talk to yourself.
- Don’t let discouragement win.
- Don’t allow the devil to make you feel guilty.
By following these steps, you should be able to keep yourself in control of your emotions, attitudes, and thoughts. I pray you found this article helpful. If so, please share this content. Also, feel free to leave a comment below. As always, thanks for reading!