Once you have received your forgiveness by faith, begin to purge the memory of that sin by speaking the Word. When the devil starts tempting you to think about it again, open your mouth and give him the same answer Jesus gave when the devil tempted Him. Say, “It is written ….” Shut the devil up by telling him what God says about the situation. Go after him with a vengeance. Get revenge on that disobedient thought by assaulting it with the Word.
Don’t just do it silently either. Don’t just try to counter disobedient thoughts with scriptural thoughts. That won’t work. If you want to win the battle in your mind you have to use a mightier weapon. You have to fight thoughts with words.
Words always overcome thoughts because the moment you open your mouth, your mind must stop thinking and listen to what your mouth has to say. That’s the way human beings are created, and there’s nothing the devil can do about it. Try as he may to pressure you with negative thoughts, if you will speak the Word, you will defeat him every time.
Most believers don’t realize that so they let the devil get the upper hand. When he starts putting pressure on their minds, hammering away at them with thoughts of fear or guilt based on their past, they just let those thoughts dominate them. But that’s not what the Apostle Paul taught us to do.
He taught us to turn the tables on the devil and put the pressure on him instead. That’s right! He said, “I forget those things which are behind and I press forward….” Paul pressed in to his God-ordained future by believing and confessing the Word. He put the devil in such a pressure cooker of the Word that he and his demonic cohorts were forced to flee.
I’m telling you when you start pressuring the devil instead of allowing him to pressure you, life gets exciting. But you can’t do that by sitting around feeling sorry for yourself. You have to consciously choose, on purpose, to have faith in the Word and use that Word to attack the negative thought patterns in your life. You have to be determined to say what the Word says, and to keep saying it…and saying it…and saying it…until that Word becomes so imbedded in your thought life that it comes out of your mouth without you having to think about it.
You can do it! You can purge your thought life of all those old hurts and fusses you’ve had with people. You can uproot and remove from your consciousness all the old sins of the past. You can take every blue thought, every sick thought, and every tired, old, worn-out, unforgiving thought and replace them all with thoughts of love and faith.
Just roll every rotten thing from your past over on God, set your faith toward heaven and begin to press. Supernaturally forget those things that are behind and head full throttle toward the mark of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
It will take some work, but you can do it, and when you do, you will discover what Paul discovered – it is truly a glorious, victorious way to live!