From Precept Ministries ~ What is “Stinkin’ Thinkin’”?
It is the result of not paying attention to your thought life and getting set up for failure by the enemy.
Did you know that not every thought that comes into your head is your thought? It may sound like your voice or what you would say but just because you thought it doesn’t mean it originated with you or that it is even true. You have an enemy whose goal it is to get you to sin and to keep you from doing and being all God has planned for you. His target is your mind! And when he has you thinking and believing lies, then suddenly you become the victim of stinkin’ thinkin’.
Let us explain what we mean.
Sin doesn’t originate in your actions; it begins in your mind.
If you don’t learn to control your thoughts, you’ll find yourself ensnared by the devil. Do you have a case of stinkin’ thinkin’? What do you think about? What thoughts are you entertaining that you shouldn’t?
If I kill myself the pain will end and no one will even miss me!
You are fat and ugly and nobody will ever love you!
God can never use me because of my past!
What would it be like to be with her/him?
You will never amount to anything!
What if I make a fool of myself?
What if they reject me?
What if I fail?
Can you relate? Have you experienced times when doubts and fears pummeled you, when you wondered if life is worth it anyway? Have you doubted that you have ever heard from God? Have you ever had thoughts like these or perhaps others?
Where do those thoughts come from? Obviously, they are not from God. How do you know? Because, they are not in agreement with God’s character or His Word. Are these thoughts in accordance with the lies of the enemy? Yes, they are. The devil would like you to think these are your thoughts ~ or God’s. But, he doesn’t want you to realize they originate with him.
These voices or thoughts in your mind are the fiery darts from the enemy. The enemy will send a fiery dart (thought) to our mind:
a thought of rejection,
a wrong doctrine,
a condemning thought,
and with these, a suggestion to do evil.
If the thought does not meet the qualifications of Philippians 4:8 we must not consider or entertain it. Instead, we must take it captive! If we don’t, it will become a stronghold of wrong or stinkin thinkin’, a fortress which will hold us prisoner. We will become the captive, instead of the captor.
What do you do when the thoughts come?
Good question! Next time try this:
• Evaluate the thought.
Frisk it at the door of your mind. Philippians 4:8 it!
Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. – Philippians 4:8
• Reject this thought if it doesn’t meet the qualifications.
• Replace it with truth.
The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect peace, because he trusts in You. – Isaiah 26:3
As Philippians 4:8 says “Dwell on these things”
When being bombarded by the fiery darts find a scripture to dwell on.
For example: “Nobody loves me” replace it with ~ “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” ~ John 3:16
What happens if ungodly thoughts go unchecked?
A thought can become an action. If it is repeated enough, it becomes a habit. Eventually it can become a base of oppression for the enemy ~ a stronghold.
The acceptance of a wrong thought can lead to:
Which creates an appetite
Which becomes a weakness
Which becomes a habit
Which brings oppression from the enemy.
Satan wants to ensnare Christians because when God’s children are caught in sin, God has to discipline us. A child of God who’s involved in sin is not ready to be used of God. Revelation tells us Satan will not surrender. He’ll give it all he has. He’ll fight to death.
Wrapping it up.
What will be Satan’s first and primary battleground? Your mind.
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. ~ 2 Corinthians 10:3-5
We must take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ!