Whether they came from your own head, or from the lies of an invisible enemy, God gave us a way out.
Take Every Thought Captive
Got gave us charge of our domains. Our minds are a huge part of that. We should be policing our minds keeping out threats to our hearts to keep darkness far away.
1. Just as a policeman would arrest someone, in the same way we should arrest that thought. Arrest = stop. Stop the thought. Don't let it continue to whirl through your mind and hurt you.
2. Take it captive. Slap on the mental handcuffs and haul it off to the one in charge. Jesus. Make it obedient to Him and command it to never return. He is the keeper of our hearts and minds. He will take that thought away.
All of that explaining just recommend saying this out loud:
“I take that thought into captivity and make it obedient to Jesus Christ of Nazareth, Son of the Living God.”
Say it out loud; what we say with our mouths breaks stuff in the supernatural realm.
And what if the thought comes back?
Do it again.
Monitoring our thoughts is a continual process. When we get lazy about our thoughts, little things will sneak in and try to stack up again: a stronghold of lies. After all, we were warned in the Bible to be alert:
“Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” I Peter 5:8
The enemy’s agenda is to steal, kill and destroy. This is not a far off "idea" of an enemy. This enemy is right here under our noses, hiding out, making their moves daily without our permission or consent.
But Jesus said, “I have come that you might have life, and life to the full.” John 10:10.