God’s Thoughts, satan’s Thoughts and Our Thoughts

This short article by Dr. Mark Virkler posted on Koinonia Network provides a very simple way to test our thoughts to determine if they came from God, from satan or from ourselves.

Satan’s ThoughtsSpontaneous Thoughts Which Are Negative and Destructive (i.e. line up with the names of satan: Accuser, Father of Lies, Thief, Adversary)
God’s ThoughtsSpontaneous Thoughts Which Are Positive and Upbuilding (i.e. line up with the names of the Holy Spirit: Comforter, Counselor, The Spirit of Truth, The Convincer, The Exhorter/Teacher)
Your ThoughtsAnalytical Thoughts (i.e. connected, you construct them yourself; they are not spontaneous)

(My recommendation is to go for God’s thoughts!)

I can’t… I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me (Phil. 4:13).
I lack… My God shall supply all my needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus (Phil. 4:19).
I fear… God has not given me a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love and of a sound mind (II Tim. 1:7).
I don’t have faith… God has given to me a measure of faith (Rom. 12:3).
I’m weak… The Lord is the strength of my life (Ps. 27:1).
Satan has really got me… Greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world (I Jn. 4:4).
I’m defeated… God always causes me to triumph in Christ Jesus (II Cor. 2:14).
I don’t know what to do… Christ Jesus is made unto me wisdom from God (I Cor. 1:30).
I expect to get sick once in a while… By His stripes I am healed (Is. 53:5). Jesus Himself took my infirmities and bore my sicknesses (Matt. 8:17).
I am so worried and frustrated… I can cast all my cares upon Him, because He cares for me (I Pet. 5:7).
I’m in bondage… Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty (II Cor. 3:17).
I feel so condemned… There is no condemnation to me, because I am in Christ Jesus (Rom. 8:1).

If you want more insight into the above, order Counseled By God

I get new insights  from Dr. Mark Virkler’s monthly newsletter.  Dr. Virkler is the co-founder of Communion with God Ministries and Christian Leadership University. His teaching on the 4 Keys to Hearing God’s Voice has helped me tremendously. Click Here to listen to (and read) an introductory overview of his message.

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