Satan is a liar. He comes only to steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10). He has spent too much time in the minds of Christians convincing us we don’t have the power in Jesus Christ that we do have.
Let’s begin shutting him up and refuse to let him run rampant in our thoughts. Below I am sharing five ways to silence the voice of Satan.
1. Tell Him to Shut Up in the Name of Jesus
Start here. Get in the habit of simply telling him to shut up in the name of Jesus. We have power and authority in the name of Jesus to shut him up. (Philippians 2:9-10)
When you recognize a thought in your mind that you know isn’t from the Lord, just begin shutting it up.
Say out loud or in your head, “shut up Satan”, and then refuse to continue to think on that thing.
I’ll catch myself thinking about a conversation I had with someone 6 months ago and suddenly feel annoyed with them all over again. This isn’t the Lord, it’s Satan, and we need to shut him up!
When that thought pops up again, later on, shut him up again. He’ll start to learn your mind is no longer a place he can root his evil thoughts.
The more you do this, the more readily you’ll recognize him and will be able to shut him down quickly.
You’ll be amazed how drastically your thought life will improve just from this one practice.
Paul tells us this in Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things and the God of peace will be with you.”
If your thoughts aren’t lining up with this, shut them down and say in your mind and heart, I WILL think on what is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, and admirable. Let’s stop allowing Satan to run rampant in our thought life by shutting him up in the mighty name of Jesus. This will take practice, but it is possible to no longer let Satan rule your thoughts.
James 4:7 tells us that when we resist the devil, he must flee from us, so let’s start resisting his attack on our thought lives and refusing to think the thoughts he’s planting in our minds.
2. Fill Your Mind and Heart with the Word of God
It’s been said that an idle mind is the devil’s playground, so we need to fill our minds with good thoughts, rather than bad thoughts or no thoughts at all.
Filling our minds and hearts with the powerful Word of Jesus is a great way to take control of our thought life. Start with memorizing Philippians 4:8, you don’t have to know it word for word.
I often just say, “whatever is true, whatever is lovely, whatever is noble I will think on these things”. It’s all out of order, but that’s usually how it comes to my mind and it’s the gist of the scripture.
Find scriptures that resonate with you and then begin to meditate on them rather than the old thoughts you previously meditated on.
Psalms tells us over and over again to meditate on the word of God. Find a scripture first thing in the morning or one that’s just resonated with you your entire life and begin to meditate on it throughout the day.
When you catch yourself daydreaming or festering up old thoughts, silence Satan and then go back to meditating on your scripture. Again, I highly recommend starting with Philippians 4:8. The word of God is a weapon against the enemy, use it!
3. Meditate on the Goodness of God
He is so, so worthy of our thought life. The true, lovely, and noble that Philippians 4:8 is referring to, is our sweet Jesus.
He is true, He is lovely, He is noble, and we can spend our days meditating on Him, rather than all the crazy thoughts Satan sends our way.
Think about the many blessings He’s graciously given you, think on the mercy and grace He’s granted you throughout your life, think on all that is to come!
Psalm 145:5-7 says, “I will meditate on the glorious splendor of Your majesty, and on Your wondrous works. Men shall speak of the might of Your awesome acts, and I will declare Your greatness. They shall utter the memory of Your great goodness and shall sing of Your righteousness”.
Begin to fill your mind and heart with the goodness of God.
4. Make a Gratitude List
When Satan is running rampant in your thoughts, stop and make a gratitude list. Making a gratitude list is a great way to shift our thinking and remind us of the goodness of God.
What blessings are all around us that often go unnoticed? If you find yourself drifting back into old thought patterns, stop and make a list of 10-20 things you are grateful for and then spend time thinking on the many blessings of God.
“Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men! For He satisfies the longing soul and fills the hungry soul with goodness.” Psalm 107:8-9
5. Fill Your Mind with Praise
Turn on praise and worship music. There is nothing quite like turning on praise and worship music to shut up the enemy.
We can literally fight our battles through praising the Lord. Next time Satan begins filling your mind with thoughts you know are not from the Lord, turn on worship music and begin praising our great God.
“I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised, And I am saved from my enemies.” 2 Samuel 22:4
We CAN turn our thought lives around through the power of Jesus. Even if you’ve spent years meditating on the wrong thoughts, make up your mind today to begin meditating on the right thoughts.
Ask God to give you the strength and begin to apply the strategies above and you’ll be well on your way.
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