Here’s something to consider – what if those negative, intrusive thoughts in your head – about yourself, about other people, about your mistakes, your looks, your weight, your job, etc. – don’t actually belong to you?
When I talk with my clients about this it can be incredibly freeing. You’ll have to bear with me, though, because I’m bringing God into this. If God is real and what He says is true, He loves us. It follows then that we also have an enemy who is against us and against God. Does that make sense?
What if, when you’re minding your own business and one of those negative thoughts pop into your head, instead of buying into it and going down that negative road, you recognize that you don’t want this thought or belief, that it isn’t true and that it doesn’t belong to you? What if it’s actually an attack by the enemy, who doesn’t want you to be happy and fulfilled?
If you think about it, it makes sense. Nobody wakes up in the morning and looks forward to feeling terrible. Nobody puts “Depression” or “Divorce” or “Affair” or “Get Arrested” or “Abuse Oxy” or…on their calendar. “Wednesday at 9:30 a.m., destroy my life.” Good plan! Nah, I don’t think so. So…what if? What if these negative thoughts don’t belong to you? What if they are an attack from the enemy? If they are, God can defeat them. If they are, you don’t have to hold onto them.