Worry is nothing more than obsessively thinking of all the negative possibilities of a situation. Unfortunately, the more you try to mentally solve a problem, the more powerful the problem becomes and it soon begins to master your every thought.
Because you tread a path going back and forth to the problem, the path gets so worn that rather than finding an answer, your mind comes up with new potential problems. Before long, your brain is stuck and it is impossible to take a different route. The weeds of fear and anxiety choke out any potential positive outcomes and the mind is forcing itself to go in circles. That’s an obsession.
The only cure is to first of recognize it for what it is. The mind is a battlefield. It’s where the enemy attacks and you must stop being a passive victim.
Here’s the solution.
1. Track your thoughts.
Each time you catch yourself obsessing about something, make a note of it and what triggered it. You’ll soon find patterns in your thinking – those well-worn paths will be easy to spot.
2. Acknowledge the attack.
When Satan stirs you up, resist him. “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God…”
3. Take prisoners.
Don’t debate with the devil but turn him over to the One who has power over him.
“…bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ…”
Once you recognize that one negative thought leads to another, stop them dead in their tracks and take them captive.
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