Ephesians 6 talks about taking up the “Sword of the Spirit.” Our weapon is the Word of God — the truth!
With that in mind, I want to share with you an ever-increasing list of thought patterns that can very easily be demonically influenced.
Understand first that not everything on this list may apply to you. You may struggle with a few of these, but it is unlikely you struggle with all of them all at the same time. Second, know that even if you’re seriously struggling with one or more of the items on the list, victory is possible. It is only possible through Christ, and we are “more than conquerors through Him who loved us” according to Romans 8:31-39.
Under each category I have a Scripture reading or two you can pray over (You don’t have to use my prayers 😉 ). Rebuke these lies in the Name of Jesus and open your ears to hear the truth right from the Word of God!
Ready for the list? Here we go!
(The * indicates something I’ve personally dealt with. All the verse references are from NASB. The underline is my emphasis.)
1. Idolatrous Thoughts*
Idolatry. It’s one of the Ten Commandments. Theoretically, this one should be obvious.
Idolatry is a little more subtle than one might first assume. Idolatry isn’t just worshiping false deities or making golden calves. Anything that you place before God in your life is an idol. Money, a person/celebrity, material possessions, addictions, yourself, etc. Anything or anyone that you are dependent on or that maintains ownership of much of your time, effort, love, and life (as in, you “just can’t live without it” when you most definitely can) can be — and probably is — an idol.
“‘No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.'” (Luke 16:13)
“Therefore consider the members of your earthly body as dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which amounts to idolatry.” (Colossians 3:5)
God, I know that idolatry is sin in your eyes. Help me to know the truth about my sin, so that I will not serve anyone or anything but You. I ask that nothing rule over me, only You. I rebuke the lies of the enemy, and repent for my complacency with these patterns of thinking. In Jesus’ Name.
2. “You’re Not Good Enough for God” or “You Don’t Need God to Be Good”*
These patterns of thinking manifest themselves through various situations, particularly if sin is involved. The entire point of having you believe you’re not “good enough for God” (or its opposite, that you’re “too good”) is to make the Gospel seem invalid. News flash: there is not a single person on this earth that is righteous according to Romans 3:10.
Father, I know the Gospel and I repent for believing the lie that I could ever be good enough to earn the salvation only You give freely because of Your Son, Jesus Christ. I rebuke the lie in Jesus’ Name.
3. “Your Prayers Are Ineffective”
This one can come in many forms. It can discount the power of the Lord. It can make you feel as though your prayers aren’t being answered because clearly you aren’t doing X, Y, Z, or you aren’t special enough for God. Or maybe He doesn’t love you!
These are all lies that might make your prayer life seem frustratingly fruitless.
“Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.” (James 5:16)
“Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (I Thessalonians 5:16-18)
If you want more verses on prayer, click here.
Remember that it is a privilege to be able to come before the Living God and commune with Him. This is a part of what was bought on that old cross: the ability to come freely and blamelessly before God. Thank the Lord for this wonderful gift!
God, I repent for believing that my prayers are in vain. I rebuke the lies of the enemy and come before You asking to pray in accordance with Your will. I pray that I would remember You throughout my day, and that I would pray in faith, knowing You have heard me and You are answering even as I speak to You. Help me to listen to Your Holy Spirit with clarity, and help me to remain in the Scriptures. In Jesus’ Name.
Help me continue this list!
I have more that I wish to include, but I need to study the Scriptures more in-depth before I go willy-nilly on this list. If, at any point, you feel something is missing from it, please write me below. Explanation helps. Scriptures are even better! I eventually want to move this piece from a post to a page, so the more the merrier!
I pray that everything here builds up the body and sets the course of this blog. In future posts, I hope to continue speaking about the walk of freedom in Christ and its real-life impact.
Catch ya in the next post!