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How To Banish Unwanted Thoughts

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how to take unwanted thoughts captive.

God’s Word has within it the power to stop unwanted thoughts.

“Don’t Think About A Pink Elephant!”

Have you ever played that silly game? Someone says, “Don’t think about a pink elephant”. And what happens? No matter how hard you try, you just cannot stop thinking about pink elephants!

Clearly, then, trying harder doesn’t work. You probably already knew that, right?

Actually, that “try-harder” thing is one of Satan’s favorite schemes to make us dance to his tune. It goes something like this:

  • Try harder…
  • Get it right…
  • Do it better…
  • Be perfect…
  • FAIL!!!
  • Start over.
  • Try harder…
  • Get it right…
  • … and so forth until you wear yourself out and give up.

The devil loves this! He knows that eventually you will fail. You will plunge into despair, doubt, fear, etc., as the unwanted thoughts resume their parade through the “video and audio” pathways of your mind. The unwanted thoughts bind you, and you become their prisoner once again.

None of that has to happen.

My Goal: To Show You Four Things:

  1. Here’s What Works: The permanent solution: replace unwanted thoughts with God’s thoughts.
  2. What God Promises: What His Word says you can do about unwanted thoughts.
  3. Why And How: Why and how are these unwanted thoughts tormenting you?
  4. How To Get Relief: How YOU CAN take hold of the relief God has promised!

#1) Here’s What Works

This true anecdote illustrates the concept: replace negative thoughts with positive thoughts.

I know a man whose life is really messed up. He has fallen on very hard times. He has lost his job, lost his family, and lost his peace and joy. No surprise, then, that his mind is plagued with all kinds of unwanted thoughts.

His one activity that he enjoys is playing football. Although he is about 50 years old, he keeps himself in remarkably good physical condition, so he can participate in a semi-pro football league.

One day I asked him, “When you’re in the middle of a game, and you’re staring down an opponent as you wait for the ball to be snapped, where are those unwanted thoughts then?”

He looked at me with astonishment! “They’re gone!”, he exclaimed.

“You have”, I replied, “just proven that it is possible to be free from the torment of unwanted thoughts!”.

Here’s why: As he concentrated on what he was about to do to his opponent, those football thoughts crowded out all of his negative unwanted thoughts. For a little while at least, he was free!

Of course in his case, the freedom only lasted until the game was over. Then all that burden flooded right back into his mind.

I’ll tell you what I told him: “You need a permanent solution. You need to have an arsenal of thoughts that you can instantly call to mind, thoughts that are so powerful they will easily and continually push out all the unwanted thoughts. This is a supernatural problem, requiring a supernatural solution!”

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Good News: Such a solution exists. God has it and He offers it to you.

#2) What God Promises

Key Scripture Passage:

4 for the weapons of our warfare are not worldly but have divine power to destroy strongholds. 5 We destroy arguments and every proud obstacle to the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ. (2 Corinthians 10:4-5)

By using the power God put into His Word, you can take unwanted thoughts captive, rather than the unwanted thoughts holding you captive!

That’s what God inspired Paul to write to us about taking unwanted thoughts captive.

By the way, if you’re skeptical about God’s Word having power built into it, here are two Scriptures for you: Romans 1:16 and 1 Corinthians 18

Key Principle:

Our weapon against the devil is the Word of God.
When you choose to partner with God and begin to arm yourself against the devil by internalizing (memorizing) even just a few Bible verses, He extends His Divine “protective shield” around you. The Holy Spirit becomes the gatekeeper of your mind!

That’s what God has promised to those who will partner with Him.

#3) Why And How:

Here is the main thing you need to know about unwanted thoughts:

Unwanted thoughts are almost always from the devil.

Unwanted thoughts that have come into your mind such as:

  • Unwanted thoughts of Lust
  • Negative emotions: (anger, rage, revenge, etc.)
  • Unwanted thoughts of despair: (worry, doubt, panic, fear, etc.)
  • Unwanted thoughts that have you putting yourself down: (“I’m such a looser”; “nobody cares about me”; “I can’t do anything right” etc.)

Those unwanted thoughts and many others are all very likely put into your mind by a demon.

Why Does God Allow This?

Here’s why: it’s because we have a free will. God did not intend to create robotic worshipers that are hard-wired to say what He wants to hear. He wants genuine worshipers.

But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. (John 4:23)

Our free will includes the freedom to reject Him.

How Is The Devil Able To Get Permission To Torment Us?

Here’s an excerpt from chapters 1 & 2 of the Book of Job that illustrates how Satan is able somehow to get permission from God.

In spite of all that, it is possible to be free from unwanted thoughts.

But How??

#4) How To Get Relief:

Here’s how: by partnering with God and thus apply the power of His Word.

Here are a couple of clues. This is all about what comes into your mind:

…For as he thinks in his heart, so is he… (Proverbs 23:7a AMP)

I’ll say it again: this is all about what comes into your mind. That’s the battleground. God would love for you to partner with Him so that He can help rid your mind of unwanted thoughts.

…be transformed by the renewing of your mind. (Romans 12:2b)

The process in not by “trying harder” to stop unwanted thoughts. Instead, challenge the source of the unwanted thoughts by filtering them through the “grid” of the Word of God.

Is it a thought that would draw you nearer to God? Or is it instead a thought from the pit of hell. When you know you are “hearing” unwanted thoughts from the devil, you can remove them — or rather, allow God to remove them — using the power of His Word.

To best see how Satan interacts with God to get permission to torment us, read this excerpt from chapters 1 and 2 of the book of Job.

The weapons of our warfare are described in Ephesians 6:10-20. As you can see, Paul says nothing about “trying harder”. Rather, it alludes to using principles of the Word of God.

You Have A Part In The Solution

Jesus Himself demonstrated for us how to do the part that He wants you (and me and all of His followers) to do. After fasting for forty days, Satan tried to tempt Jesus. But each time, Jesus deflected the temptation by quoting from Scripture. You can read the details of this encounter here: Matthew 4:1-12:

Satan and his demons tempt us by putting thoughts into our minds. Their purpose is to trick us into doing things that lead us away from God and ultimately to hell.

But it doesn’t have to happen that way. With God’s help, you can live free from the torment of unwanted thoughts that don’t belong in your mind.

BUT… you can’t stop these unwanted thoughts by your own strength for very long. You need help from God. And He has promised to help you as a Christian believer.

Let’s re-state the key Scripture passage:

The power of God's Word enables us to take captive all unwanted thoughts! | Word Blessings | Scripture memory

The power of God’s Word empowers us to take captive all unwanted thoughts. Thus, the Holy Spirit becomes the gatekeeper of your mind.

The key passage should give you great hope.

  • First of all, we know that God inspired the apostle Paul to write that passage. That means God wanted you to know this.
  • Second: because it’s in the Bible, it’s possible! You CAN keep unwanted thoughts out… IF you are a Bible believing Christian.
  • Third: it shows us that we need God’s help to banish unwanted thoughts permanently!

Satan and his demons come to us uninvited. God allows that because of he has given us a free will. We must choose to believe in Him and follow Him. That’s why He didn’t make programmed robots that speak programmed words.

But because we have a free will, we have to ask God for His help.

There is a part that you must do when you partner with God. When you do your part, God will do the part that only He can do.

Here are some things I have learned about controlling the thoughts that go into my mind. It’s all biblical and very effective. I write them with the desire that they would be spread widely around and used by Christian believers everywhere. We need Him. This is so serious!

Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.” (Matthew 7:13-14)

Here’s What To Do

Start by choosing to believe God.

Trust Him that He will never ask you to do something that you cannot do. He will always make available to you the resources to accomplish what He has commanded. But he won’t do the part that you can do.

Ultimately, He wants your permission to allow Him to accomplish His work here on this earth through you. Don’t hold back any longer. Give yourself to Him… and He’ll do things through you that you cannot imagine.

I urge you to read, study, and begin to learn and apply the thoughts and Scriptures written here. Ask God to help you apply them into your life. If you’ll do that, I can assure you on the authority of the Word of God, He will set you free from the torment of thoughts you know should not be in your mind.

It all comes down to knowing His Word. Jesus said:

If you remain in My Word, you will truly be My disciples; and you will know the Truth, and the Truth will set you free.” (John 8:31-32)

God is asking you to take a step of faith, first by reading this post, then by choosing to believe it and act as would a person who truly believed these things could become a reality in their life. It may seem impossible to you, but that’s where faith begins, right? If you could see all the dots connected, it wouldn’t be faith. I believe God deliberately sets things up that way. He wants you to surrender to Him. It’s time to do that. Read this, then… DO IT!

Summary: Seven Things To Consider:

1 GOOD NEWS: It truly is possible to live free from thoughts you do not want to have in your mind! You CAN be successful! You CAN!!

This includes lustful thoughts (which, if not captured and banished quickly, will soon lead to lustful actions.)

Especially for us men, it’s critically important that we take hold of this. God’s Word commands us to come up to a higher level of holiness. At the gym where I work out, there are sometimes young, attractive women dressed very provocatively. I can’t begin to count the number of times I have whispered the following Scripture to myself:

I have made a covenant with my eyes;
Why then should I look upon a young woman? (Job 31:1)

And is there anywhere a man who has not done what Jesus is speaking of in the next verse?

But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart. (Matthew 5:28)

But here’s the “Good News” part:
God never commands us to do something without giving us the means to do it.

However, we have to do it His way. As is often true, there is a part that we have to do before God will do the part only He can do. It’s that last part — God’s help — that we need.

Which brings us to the next point:


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BUT: You cannot do it on your own by “trying harder”.

That “try-harder” thing is a main component of Satan’s “gospel”. It doesn’t work for very long; eventually, it always fails. Then Satan uses your failure to condemn you — make you feel like a loser; you try again; the cycle repeats — and you ultimately quit. Very bad plan!

This may appear to contradict item 1, but it really doesn’t; just means you can’t be victorious on your own. You need supernatural help. SO…


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REALLY GOOD NEWS: God longs to partner with you to help you live a life of victory.

Because you have a free will, God will not force His help upon you. You have to ask Him.

In order to partner with you, God requires your obedience. It does no good to try to shut the devil out in one area of your life, while simultaneously opening doors for him in other areas.


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BUT… you must submit to God’s authority — in ALL areas of life.

James wrote, “Submit yourselves therefore to God; resist the devil and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7)

You have to put first things first: submit to God first, then with the power of His Spirit, you can easily resist the devil.

I’ve started a list of areas in which I want to be obedient to God. These are in alphabetical order; not a comprehensive list:

God Wants Our Obedience

I made a list of areas in which I want to be obedient to God. This is probably not a comprehensive list, and I am definitely not doing them perfectly:

  • attitude
  • anger
  • blaming
  • complaining
  • compromise
  • contentment
  • covetousness
  • defiance
  • discipline
  • clothing choices
  • entertainment choices
  • envy
  • excuses - vs. taking ownership
  • food choices
  • haughty vs. humble heart
  • love
  • parenting
  • patience
  • physical fitness
  • pride
  • procrastination
  • rebellion
  • resentment
  • relationship based on performance vs. acceptance
  • repentance
  • revenge
  • Scripture memory
  • selfishness
  • stewardship (financial, time, talent etc.)
  • stubbornness
  • ungodly or lustful thoughts and actions
  • unbelief - vs.trusting God
  • unforgiveness

What He is really watching for is steady progress in the right direction. He wants us to voluntarily come under His authority. In other words, He wants us to submit ourselves to God


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MORE GOOD NEWS — (which doesn’t look like good news at first): there isn’t a “quick-fix” for this. It’s going to take time. You have to do the part that you can do before God will do the part only He can do.

This is spiritual warfare, and you have to learn some things first. You need to equip yourself with Bible principles. As you do so, you must make up your mind — set your mind — to choose to respond by using those “weapons” throughout every day.

Here’s where many Christians lose the battle. They haven’t adequately equipped themselves with “The sword of the Spirit, the Word of God” (Ephesians 6:17).

Simply Stated, Here’s The “How-To”:
This is what works: fill your mind so full of God’s thoughts (that’s what Bible verses are) that the devil cannot get a word in edgewise!

When you “submit to God “ (James 4:7) and “renew your mind” (Romans 12:2), be prepared to be astonished! God will “manifest Himself to you” (John 14:21).

As you systematically feed on the Word of God (see Matthew 4:4), you will come alive spiritually. The power of God will begin to operate in you, because the Word of God IS God!! (see John 1:1).

Acts 1:8 says, “You will receive power, which the Bible defines as “…more and more grace (power of the Holy Spirit to meet this evil tendency…) (James 4:6 AMP). Then you’ll be able to “Take every thought captive” (2 Corinthians 10:5). The Holy Spirit becomes the gatekeeper of your mind!


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START SMALL if you must — but START!!

If you’ve done little or no Scripture learning, start out with one or two short verses written on recipe cards; read them as little as once a day; takes just a minute or two. It may take days or even weeks. Let it take time. Eventually, you will be able to recite them by heart.

A couple of supporting Scriptures for you: Psalm 119:11 says, “I have hidden Your Word in my heart, that I might not sin against You.” Deuteronomy 6:6 says, “These words which, I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart…”

Anyone who can read can do this. If you find yourself thinking you don’t have time for that, it’s time to review your priorities.

According to 2 Timothy 1:7, God has given you “…a sound mind”. Indeed, 1 Corinthians 2:16 says you have “… the mind of Christ”. If you can remember your name, your address, your phone number, your Social Security number, the names and birthdays of your family members, etc., you can do this. If you’re not doing this or something like this to learn Scripture, at least be honest before God and admit, “I WON’T!!”

When the devil is messing with your mind, fight back with these verses:

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
     and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,
    and the flame shall not consume you. (Isaiah 43:2)

The above verse refers to how God is always with you, especially during difficult times. The metaphors of “water” and “fire” refer to our trials in life.

Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. (1 John 4:4)

In the above verse, “He who is in you” of course refers to God. “He who is in the world” refers to the devil. The idea is: God is more powerful than all the demons combined.

When I am afraid,
    I put my trust in you.
4 In God, whose word I praise,
    in God I trust; I shall not be afraid.
    What can flesh do to me?
(Psalm 56:3-4)

Whom have I in heaven but you?
    And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you.
26 My flesh and my heart may fail,
    but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
(Psalm 73:25-26)


7THERE IS NO NEUTRAL GROUND HERE!

Jesus said, Whoever is not with me is against me” (Matthew 12:30, Luke 11:23)

The whole Kingdom of Heaven and the whole kingdom of hell are watching to see which choice you make.


God has given each of us a multiple-choice test.

But look: He’s also given us the correct answer! I’ve underlined it:

I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live” (Deuteronomy 30:19)

You have a free will; you have a SOUND MIND!! But you have to make the decision.

Make it a good one!!

~ jan


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  • Miranda February 21, 2016, 9:36 PM

    Best educational article that I’ve read. It really helped me in some areas of my life that needed to pay attention. Thank you nd Godbless bless!

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  • Kathy January 25, 2016, 7:46 AM

    hello my name is Kathy I have been quoting the Scriptures and getting a lot of the three I was tormented for a week with past memories it was awful but I have been taking authority over the forces of darknessI have neuropathy and arthritis and sciatica order my legs.by the blood of Jesus Christ who lives in me I was totally healed also my son has been reading the Bible and praying everyday after many yearsof being backslidden I believe and I know for a fact Satan is angry very angry in fact furious so he is attacking my mind but I have the victory in Christ thank you so muchfor putting this online god bless you I really needed it

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    • Jan Smith January 29, 2016, 3:06 PM

      Thanks for sharing your story, Amanda. Satan is indeed angry, but all he can do to us is scream threats from inside the cage he’s in. Continue to be aware of him, but do not fear him because God is protecting you and will continue to do so.

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  • stacey January 16, 2016, 5:22 PM

    Love your reading material..it has really b leased my spirit. Thank you.

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  • Martine January 8, 2016, 11:12 PM

    I thank God to finally find a solution and the permanent one. I thank you too. God bless you.

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  • Katie Green January 3, 2016, 10:53 AM

    I can’t thank you enough for this post! I have felt so condemned for the last 6 years, when all the torment in my mind started. It’s a long story, but I’m 99% sure the horrific thought that came into my mind was from the devil, and I completely freaked out by acting like it was my own. Ever since, I have struggled with feeling like a horrible person, even though I know I’m in Christ. The world wants to always label these issues as mental illness, like “OCD”, which sounds like it’s caused by gut issues anyway, but it’s so cruel to tell a person they can’t help unwanted thoughts. I choose to believe I can. I believe it’s the enemy who wants people to think this issue is mental illness, so people are trapped in their own horrible prison of unwanted thoughts. God bless you!

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  • Candace wagner December 25, 2015, 2:23 AM

    Great information to know ..it helped out so much

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  • Michael December 20, 2015, 1:30 PM

    Thanks

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  • Catherine November 13, 2015, 6:21 PM

    Wow ! I love my church but I am at a loss to know why they said this is what you must do but no one ever explained how to do it. I feel like the bindings are starting to loosen. Now the work begins and for the first time in a very long, long time, I feel some Joy and Hope. This time though they are real and I feel will stay with me. I can’t thank you enough for this TRUTH from your entire site ! God Bless You Always ! P.S. Do you take donations via mail at the New Brighton address? Thank you

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    • Jan Smith November 13, 2015, 7:27 PM

      Hi, Catherine,
      I’v become aware over time that churches give people lots of “what” but not much “how”. Anyway, God poured all of this into me over a long period of time. Many hard times when I lost all but house and (old) car. Now it’s my privilege to pour it out to others. I can’t “NOT do it”! I just gotta help. That’s what we’re here for, right?

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  • Battle Glory 2 Hack October 23, 2015, 4:28 AM

    Greetings from Idaho! I’m bored to tears at work so I decided to
    check out your website on my iphone during lunch break.
    I enjoy the knowledge you provide here and
    can’t wait to take a look when I get home. I’m amazed
    at how quick your blog loaded on my cell phone .. I’m not
    even using WIFI, just 3G .. Anyways, good blog!

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    • Jan Smith October 25, 2015, 7:05 PM

      Greetings back to you from Minnesota!
      I’m glad you looked at my site on your lunch break and not during work time. And of course I’m glad you found my writing to be helpful.
      The loading speed probably varies depending on how much traffic there in the internet. Thanks for visiting Word Blessings.

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  • lili October 11, 2015, 1:49 PM

    Thank you so much for your wonderful solution. I had this really bad case of Satan’s name popping up in my thought repeatedly. Ironically it all began when I read Pope Francis’s homily about knowing where our thoughts come from (God or Satan). It was so annoying and unstoppable that it almost popped up in my head in church. I tried very hard to stop his name from letting me betray Jesus and I prayed for the Lord’s forgiveness and help. And so I thank you deeply and God from the very bottom of my heart. All the best and may God bless you!!??

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    • Jan Smith October 16, 2015, 4:25 PM

      As you probably know by now, Lilli, if you just keep trying very hard, it works for a little while. But by your own strength, you can’t keep trying hard enough for very long. So that’s why we all need to partner with God. He does the “heavy lifting” for us.
      It’s like when you drive your car. If you just keep on saying, “There’s lots curves in the road ahead, and I sure hope this car can turn the corners in time to avoid a crash.” The car won’t turn by itself, but once you act by turning the steering wheel, the mechanism know as “power steering” does the work of turning the wheels. And you drive safely along the road.

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    • Jan Smith October 27, 2015, 12:05 PM

      Jill, if you would put some of God’s Word into your mind, then you would be able to use the power of God’s Word to combat those thoughts.

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  • Amazinggg October 1, 2015, 11:31 AM

    Truly and honestly changed me!!! I dealth with serious unwanted shamefull thoughts when praying to god , and it made me depressed and it kinda drove me away from god for a while. But I didn’t give up and hence I found your life changing article. For me the key is really to surrender to God . Once committing yourself spiritually, and fully trust in God no matter what, you start to feel the change…..Thank you so much for your work!!! You are an amazing person for doing so and helping people to get to the right way (consider me one of them)!!!! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU 🙂

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    • Jan Smith October 4, 2015, 3:21 PM

      You’re most welcome! Understand, though, it’s not me; it’s Him. I’m just the guy sitting at the computer wishing to be obedient and pour out to others what He has poured into me.

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  • Benjamin Binnah September 6, 2015, 10:33 PM

    Thanks soo much for such a life transforming article. You were really inspired by the Holy Spirit to write such an article and may the spirit of the living God continue to guide and encourage you to do more.Am really grateful and would love to support the good work you are doing for christ.

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    • Jan Smith September 10, 2015, 10:37 AM

      Thank you SO MUCH for those kind words, Ben. It so strengthens my courage and my determination when I see how God us using this blog to help others.

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  • Courtney July 17, 2015, 8:29 PM

    I have been dealing with unwanted thoughts in my head for the past week saying that God and Jesus isn’t real. I know these thoughts are from Satan and everytime I try to fight back the unwanted thoughts its like Satan pushes back twice as hard. Everytime I get those bad thoughts in my head it causes a great stabbing pain in my heart. I’ve ask Jesus to forgive me because I thought he was mad at me and even cryed out to him for help. I just felt desperate! I didn’t want to turn my back on Christ because I have just asked him into my life a couple of months ago. I haven’t been baptized yet but I plan on doing so as soon as possible so I can be a true follower of Christ because I saved from my sinfull life by the grace of GOD! I then thought about Job and the trials he went through in his life when he lost everything but was still faithful to GOD. So this is just a trial in my life that is testing my faith in GOD and I plan on winning that battle with the power of his word! GOD bless you Jan! Your article on how to defeat the Devil helped me out a lot!

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    • Jan Smith July 21, 2015, 10:41 AM

      Ahhh Courtney! What a great testimony! I can tell that you see how it works. You have been doing what Paul urged when he wrote in Ephesians 6:17 about “…the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God”. And now others who read your comment will be encouraged and blessed and realize that God will really help you. It’s like Satan is scurrying around on the sea of life in a little paddle boat, screaming his lies … but you are commanding the Battleship Missouri

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  • Jaly July 15, 2015, 2:41 AM

    Jan, I feel such hope reading this. I have struggled with unwanted thoughts since childhood and have experienced disappointment and fear at times that I possibly wasn’t saved, because I was able to have such thoughts. I really love God and confess Jesus is Lord. I hate that I could have such thoughts. I ask that you would pray for me as well in this mind battle, that I submit it to Him in the way He calls. In the past I’ve tried to “give”various struggles over to Him but it didn’t seem that I really did, even though I thought by saying it I was. Thank you so much for your brotherly love to help us other struggling sheep out there and encourage us to keep running the race.

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    • Jan Smith July 15, 2015, 7:54 AM

      Hi, Jaly. Thanks for your kind words. I did pray for you this morning. I don’t know if this will encourage you, but I struggle with this like everyone else. I was attacked even this morning. Not hard to imagine; the devil hates me because I’m writing all these things that unmask him as the bully that he is. I followed my own advice (which is really applying the power of the Word of God against the devil) and he gave up — for now. but it’s so good to read messages like yours that let me know I’m making a difference in the lives of others.

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  • zama June 27, 2015, 1:23 AM

    i tnk god 2 direct me in dis article,i lyk ur words ..keep it up…god bless u…….i hv thoughts dat cumz in my mind and i dnt knw whr it cumz frm…

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    • Jan Smith July 4, 2015, 4:40 PM

      Hi Zama. I see you were reading my article about unwanted thoughts. I hope you will do what it says. It’s God’s power at work in you. Without Him you can’t do it on your own.

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  • Frances Sarto June 7, 2015, 3:07 PM

    I really appreciate your program. I am 75 years old and I have been having these unwanted thoughts since I was 5 years old. I have been in Church all my life and I gave my heart to the Lord years ago. I am going to try what you suggested in this program. God Bless you.

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    • Jan Smith July 4, 2015, 4:46 PM

      Frances, I want you to know that I’m 72, so I can relate to you. All that stuff never goes away — unless you use the power of God’s Word to help. It really works.

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  • Monday June 4, 2015, 3:57 AM

    Thanks so much for your time gesture. What don’t mean to having a dream share a drink into three parts on a flat plate, and one part for me the second for my love who i want to marry and the last which the third i don’t know who have that.

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  • Kayona Louis March 30, 2015, 6:21 PM

    Hello Jan, this article was a blessing tonne. I feel as if this article really will help me. I plan to do exactly want it says to do. You know a lot about the Word of God. You just gave me the motivation I need to continue on trusting and believing and having faith.

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    • Jan Smith April 3, 2015, 2:22 PM

      Kayone, Thanks for writing. You are a blessing back to me. My hope for you is that you will stick to your plan to “do what it says to do.” You can can never go wrong by trusting and believing in God.

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  • Connie March 20, 2015, 7:41 PM

    Thank-you this is helping me

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    • Jan Smith March 20, 2015, 9:13 PM

      Connie, it thrills my heart to be able to help others in this way. I hope this article and others will all you to be free from tormenting thoughts. The devil is powerful, but God’s Word is infinitely stronger!

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  • Sarah February 15, 2015, 8:27 PM

    Thanks so much Jan smith, I’ve recently realized I’m at spiritual warfare. I’ve always have had a hard time getting these evil thoughts out of my head, and now I will look to these scriptures when ever I am scared. I’ve wrote them down on notecards ( and St. Michael prayers) and will keep these with me at all times. I’m still pretty young, in high school, but I’ll be able to slip them into my vision, if needed.

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    • Jan Smith February 17, 2015, 9:23 AM

      Hi, Sarah,
      How wonderful it is to read your comment and see how you are responding to God’w Word. I’m impressed that you took action by writing the verses on cards so you can peek at them when you need them.
      I would urge you to spend time committing those verses to memory. It’s not hard to do, especially at your age. If I can memorize Scripture at age 72, you can to it too. Someone could take away your cards, but once you have them in your mind, they can’t take them away from you.

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  • chakras February 14, 2015, 6:32 AM

    Essayez la méditation de la leçon 6 qui vous permettra
    entre-autres de libérer le canal d’énergie droit.

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    • Jan Smith February 25, 2015, 9:52 AM

      Google translates the comment to English like this:

      Try meditation lesson 6 that will allow
      among others the right to free energy channel.

      I’m not sure what the writer is trying to say, but I will leave the comment in hope that someone will be blessed by it.
      ~ Jan

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  • Cesar January 16, 2015, 4:31 PM

    Jan Smith Thank you it’s a very powerful message all the Glory to the one & only savior Jesus Christ.have to be honest with you the tormenting thoughts creep up in my mind every single day,they won’t leave me alone Thank you for letting everyone know what to do in these rough times.The lord is with us and we have to learn to follow his word cause hi’s word is truth,and we must learn scripture i will study scripture.God is the only way I truly hope everybody comes to Christ he’s the only way Thank you and God Bless!!!!

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    • Jan Smith February 12, 2015, 10:58 AM

      Cesar, I think you just wrote a summary of the things I’m trying to say on Word Blessings! Regarding your statement about the tormenting thoughts, you just wrote a good lesson on what to do. So now, as you do what you know to do, you will see God move toward you and shield you from all that. His Holy Spirit will be the gatekeeper of your mind. This really happens!
      Blessings back to you! ~ Jan

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  • henry December 14, 2014, 10:17 AM

    i hv been struggling with porn and stealing, i wish i could make it stop, believe me i have tried

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  • Delilah November 30, 2014, 6:39 AM

    Hi! The struggles with my thoughs are thoughs of my husband (ex-husband but standing for marriage restoration) with his new girlfriend. He divorced me for her the divorce was final on Oct 31st and already he has met the parents of the OW. I am being tormented with thoughs of them and what they are doing while I am seating at home suffering. Just came back from a great church service and decided to goggle tormenting thoughts and your site came up. Thank you for putting this together. I will apply these principles.

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    • Jan Smith December 1, 2014, 9:19 PM

      Delilah, this is gonna seem weird, but the truth is, the best thing you can do is forgive them. I know, that sounds impossible. But start saying, “Lord, I forgive and . I release them to the court of Heaven. I know there cannot be two judges on a case, and You, Lord, are the best judge. I release all my anger, anguish, fears, and all emotions to You. Thank You for Your goodness. Thank You for being with me as I go through this.”
      Delilah, you have to make yourself say things like that. When you do, Jesus will take your burden. He will! ~ Jan

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  • Bonita November 12, 2014, 2:18 AM

    Hello, this weekend is pleasant in support of me, as this occasion i am reading this wonderful educational post here at my house.

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    • Jan Smith September 8, 2014, 6:27 PM

      I’m glad you like what I’ve done here. Thank you!

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      If you start a blog let me know. I’d like to see it.

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  • Stephanie Goodman August 13, 2014, 3:06 AM

    I like it how you respond to all of your comments! Hoping to stop by again sometime and leave more feedback… once I know what to say.

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    • Jan Smith August 14, 2014, 8:57 PM

      Hi, Stephanie,
      I like to think of it as a conversation with like-minded friends. ~ Jan

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  • Aurora June 18, 2014, 3:15 PM

    This really helped me! I have been having some unwanted thoughts and they give me anxiety.I pray to God every chance I get that he will take these thoughts away from me and free me from the devils schemes. I ask that you all pray for me and I will do the same

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    • Jan Smith June 19, 2014, 6:10 PM

      Aurora, I’m really glad to see that God’s Word has helped you. That’s why He gave it to us, right? ~ Jan

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  • ebony May 18, 2014, 3:07 PM

    I am overwhelmed with these horrible sexual unwanted thoughts. My counselor told me that these thought have nothing to do with god and that medication and meditation can help the problem. I was pretty confused becuz I grew up a Christian and god can help u threw anything. So her little 2 cents actually shocked me becuz I’m thinking wow she’s a counselor I’m sure she believes in god. But it steered me the other direction. But ur post is very interesting and I’m willing to give myself to god because I see Satan is really trying to take over me and I dislike it to the upmost. I thank god for helping me find your post and I will read this post to my family as well. Thanks again.

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    • Jan Smith May 18, 2014, 5:28 PM

      Hello, Ebony,
      It’s no “accident” at all that you found my article on getting unwanted thoughts. I’ve asked God to direct people to these posts. He knows who needs to read them.
      Your counselor is obviously not a Christian. Counselors do the best they can with what they have, but it’s no surprise to me that they would say it has nothing to do with God. I don’t know the person’s heart (God does, of course), but some of them are hoping to keep you coming back regularly for years.
      God’s wisdom is free! It’s in your Bible, and it works. You know why? Because He is behind it. The minute you turn to Him and begin speaking His Word, the devil runs just as cockroaches do when you turn on the light. Demons are bullies, and they love to pick on people who don’t know what’s really going on.
      If you want to read mo own rather dramatic story of how speaking God’s Word as the devil was trying to inflict a panic attack on me, read my article, The Night I Stood Up To The Devil.
      God’s Word has power built into it. This isn’t like in the movies where they do it with special effects. God is the real deal.
      Open your Bible and read Philippians 4: 4-7. Paul talks about rejoicing always and being anxious for nothing. You can have that! I have it, and you can too!
      But you have a part in the process. Your part is to put even a little bit of God’s Word into your mind, then into your heart. Read more of my posts here. Go to the Blog index and do some homework. These things will help you, because every article is based solidly on the Word of God.
      ~ Jan

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  • Louise May 12, 2014, 8:29 AM

    Your blog is absolutely amazing!!!!
    Praise God.
    Thank you so much,
    It has brought me such revelation!!!
    🙂

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    • Louise May 12, 2014, 8:32 AM

      Your blog is absolutely amazing!!!!
      Praise God.
      Thank you so much,
      It has brought me such revelation!!!
      🙂

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    • Jan Smith May 12, 2014, 11:28 AM

      Thanks for kind words, Louise.

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  • Jack April 18, 2014, 1:55 PM

    Thanks for a great post! God bless you! and you are doing a great work for the fellow christians to help them oversome these sort of problems living in this sinful world.

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    • Jan Smith April 18, 2014, 2:47 PM

      Jack, thanks for taking time to write a comment. I’m encouraged to keep on writing, knowing that it’s helping others. ~ Jan

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  • sarah April 9, 2014, 6:30 PM

    I know God directed me here to this site…I believe he has been with me alot lately..and I truly believe that God works in ways that may not always make sense and that he has the power to help us through anything!! And that you have opened my eyes with your words…and I wanted to say thanks for helping me see that there is a end to the evil around me and that I have never been closer to having peace in my life again…thankful I found your kind words..God bless us all!!!

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    • Jan Smith April 9, 2014, 9:36 PM

      Thanks for your heart-felt words, Sarah. It encourages me to read comments that show that people are connecting with God and tapping into His awesome power, and that somehow something I wrote is a part of that. That’s why I’m doing it. I can’t NOT write and share the hard-won wisdom God has given to me. Actually, I believe that’s why He give it to me: so I could give it out to others. ~ Jan

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  • alan west April 6, 2014, 2:01 AM

    Hi Jan I am thankful to you to have been inspired by God to write this .I shall use it and go through the scriptures you have listed ,I am sure its going to help mightily in my walk with God.
    Love in Christ,
    Alan West

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    • Jan Smith April 6, 2014, 2:37 PM

      Alan, thanks for your kind words. It’s encouraging to me to see that people are actually reading these things I write, and find them helpful.
      ~ Jan

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  • theresa February 27, 2014, 10:35 AM

    thank you… I thank God for directing me t
    here also. I been looking for explanations
    and. thought I was going nuts.. I will do as it
    says inthe word.. I BELIEVE AND I WILL RECEIVE.
    GOD BLESS YOU.

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  • Marily March 23, 2013, 10:43 AM

    I believe with my whole heart that God has directed me to this post. God bless you, I’m so exited!

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