Forty years ago I went for Christian Counseling with the pastor of the church I attended at that time.
The pastor said to me, “Cathie, you have a demon of imaginations oppressing you.” I said, “What are you talking about?” He went on to tell me that I was imagining things that were not true in my interactions with other people. He said that Satan was putting thoughts about situations, that were not true, in my mind and I was getting anxiety over these things and then would obsess over something I took personal that someone had said or done to me.
So guess what? I took offense to what that pastor said, thought he was nuts and never went back for counseling with him.
Many, many years after God said the same thing to me and this time it took. I was ready for the pain to go! I confessed my problem to God, got prayed over and started to let God renew my mind.
Now helping others, using what God showed and taught me, is something I do often. Obsessive thoughts of anger and resentment are not living our best lives. God can renew our minds once we admit our thoughts are out of control.
We can start By rebuking Satan for tempting us to abuse our gift of imagination
Let us avoid Eve’s mistake and not imagine things about God that are untrue as a result of Satan’s attacks on our thoughts. Like Jesus when He confronted Satan in the desert, we can rebuke the devil in Jesus’ name and command him to leave us. We will only serve God with our minds and make our thoughts obedient to Christ.
Matthew 4:10 ESV Then Jesus said to him, “Be gone, Satan! For it is written, “‘You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve.’”
2 Corinthians 10:5 ESV We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ,
In His Unconditional Love
I have a friend who suffers from schizophrenia and obsesses a lot on things that are her imagination. A pastor told her some years back that this illness is from satan and that she should toss out her medications. She was highly offended and upset and stopped attending that church.
Pray that God reveals the truth to her, as he did to me, his timing is perfect! Thanks for your comment!