Wrong thinking can make your life more difficult. It leads to wrong living, and wrong living makes any individual sad and unsatisfied. However, right thinking can be a very daunting task since there are forces in this world that distort our reasoning power. The devil loves to graft bad thoughts and negative ideas inside our heads. Satan, who is the god of this age, constantly blinds human minds, especially unbelievers (2 Corinthians 4:4). Because of this, instead of enjoying the idea that there is God, the devil tries everything he can to prevent people from seeing the light of the gospel. And we know that the gospel is the good news that is salvation through faith in Jesus.
This world warps our perceptions regarding desires, ambitions, goals, knowledge, work, and happiness. In fact, the world and the devil are trying so hard to ensure that our minds get polluted. A polluted mind is a mind that is restless. This, then, can lead to wrong thinking. Every one of us is susceptible to wrong thinking. We are so vulnerable, just like Peter in Matthew 16:23 wherein Christ rebukes him as he tries to talk Jesus out of going to Jerusalem and toward His death. Jesus said, “But he turned and said to Peter, ‘Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me. For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.’” Peter’s wrong thinking leads to Jesus’ rebuke.
To combat wrong thinking, we need to know the truth first. Always remember that the truth shall set you free (John 8:32). You also need to know that Satan does not hold the truth, for there is no truth in him (John 8:44). When Satan lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. Wrong thinking emanates from lies, and unless we know how to defeat it, our lives will remain chaotic and miserable. The good news is that there is a weapon that can vanquish these lies that welcome wrong thinking, and that is the truth. And we can know the truth only if we read and understand the Word of God.
How to Get Rid of Wrong Thinking
Accept the Fact That It Is Possible for You to Be Wrong
Wrong thinking can also stem from a misunderstanding. Ask God to give you a spirit of humility so that you will be able to accept your faults. It is also essential that you consider alternative explanations rather than closing your mind. Looking for pieces of evidence and logical conclusions is also helpful when getting rid of wrong thinking.
Careful with What You Are Thinking
Proverbs 4:23 said that you should “be careful what you think because your thoughts run your life (NCV).” Your words and your actions matter, and so do your thoughts. Guarding your heart and protecting your thoughts through faith in Jesus Christ can effectively get rid of wrong thinking. Fill your mind or thoughts with the right things. Make sure that there is so much truth inside your mind that wrong thoughts won’t have any room to enter. Bear in mind that Jesus is the truth (John 14:6). By filling your mind with the thoughts of Jesus Christ, you are not only eliminating wrong thinking or negative ideas, but you are also casting away demons inside you. The more we think about Jesus, the more our worship becomes more authentic. And authentic worship brings hope, positivity, and bliss.
Pray for Peace
Prayer plays a huge role in preventing and getting rid of wrong thinking. There are times when we face a very difficult situation. We get anxious about what will happen tomorrow. Negative thoughts and bad ideas are starting to occupy our minds and systems. We become weak and weary. But strength can be easily regained through constant prayer. Tell God about your problems and make sure that you let Him know about your requests. God is the only one who can give us peaceful hearts and minds. The peace that is found in Jesus Christ will guard our thinking. If we put our trust in His name, our thoughts become more positive, and our lives become better. Remember what Jesus said in John 14:27 (ESV), “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”