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How To Banish Unwanted Thoughts

The title could also be: “How To Stop Unwanted Thoughts” or “How To End Unwanted Thoughts” or “How To eliminate Unwanted Thoughts”..

unwanted thoughts

God’s Word has within it the power to stop unwanted thoughts.

“Don’t Think About A Pink Elephant!”

Have you ever played that silly game? Someone says, “Don’t think about a pink elephant”. And what happens? No matter how hard you try, you just cannot stop thinking about pink elephants!

Clearly, then, trying harder doesn’t work. You probably already knew that, right?

Actually, that “try-harder” thing is one of Satan’s favorite schemes to make us dance to his tune. It goes something like this:

  • Try harder…
  • Get it right…
  • Do it better…
  • Be perfect…
  • FAIL!!!
  • Start over.
  • Try harder…
  • Get it right…
  • … and so forth until you wear yourself out and give up.

The devil loves this! He knows that eventually you will fail. You will plunge into despair, doubt, fear, etc., as the unwanted thoughts resume their parade through the “video and audio” pathways of your mind. The unwanted thoughts bind you, and you become their prisoner once again.

None of that has to happen!

A Reader Comment

Here is an actual comment from someone who read this article:

This is a blessing for me. I have been having horrible thoughts for a month now. I have offended the Lord and treated Him horribly. But I always say sorry then have the same recurring horrible thoughts. And I “try harder” to stop these thoughts instead of arming myself with the Word of God. Thank you for this article it truly is a blessing. I pray that God will forgive me for all I have done and that these horrible thoughts will go away permanently. God bless you/

My Goal: To Show You Four Things:

  1. Here’s What Works: The permanent solution: replace unwanted thoughts with God’s thoughts.
  2. What God Promises: What His Word says you can do about unwanted thoughts.
  3. Why This Is Important: Why and how are these unwanted thoughts tormenting you?
  4. How To Get Relief: How YOU CAN take hold of the relief God has promised!
#1) Here’s What Works

This true anecdote illustrates the concept: replace negative thoughts with positive thoughts.

I know a man whose life is really messed up. He has fallen on very hard times. He has lost his job, lost his family, and lost his peace and joy. No surprise, then, that his mind is plagued with all kinds of unwanted thoughts.

His one activity that he enjoys is playing football. Although he is about 50 years old, he keeps himself in remarkably good physical condition, so he can participate in a semi-pro football league.

One day I asked him, “When you’re in the middle of a game, and you’re staring down an opponent as you wait for the ball to be snapped, where are those unwanted thoughts then?”

He looked at me with astonishment! “They’re gone!”, he exclaimed.

“You have”, I replied, “just proven that it is possible to be free from the torment of unwanted thoughts!”.

Here’s why: As he concentrated on what he was about to do to his opponent, those football thoughts crowded out all of his negative unwanted thoughts. For a little while at least, he was free!

Of course in his case, the freedom only lasted until the game was over. Then all that burden flooded right back into his mind.

Here’s what I said to him next:

“You need a permanent solution. You need to have an arsenal of thoughts that you can instantly call to mind, thoughts that are so powerful they will easily and continually push out all the unwanted thoughts. This is the supernatural solution to your supernatural problem!”

Good News: Such a solution exists. God has it, and He offers it to you.

#2) What God Promises

Key Scripture Passage:

4 for the weapons of our warfare are not worldly but have divine power to destroy strongholds. 5 We destroy arguments and every proud obstacle to the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ. (2 Corinthians 10:4-5)

By using the power God put into His Word, you can take unwanted thoughts captive, rather than having the unwanted thoughts taking you captive!

That’s what God inspired Paul to write to us about taking unwanted thoughts captive.

By the way, if you’re skeptical about God’s Word having power built into it, here are two Scriptures for you: Romans 1:16 and 1 Corinthians 1:18

Key Principle:

Our weapon against the devil is the Word of God.

When you choose to partner with God and begin to arm yourself against the devil by internalizing (memorizing) even just a few Bible verses, He extends His Divine “protective shield” around you.

The Holy Spirit becomes the gatekeeper of your mind!

That is what God has promised to those who choose to partner with Him.

#3) Why This Is Important:

Here is the main thing you need to know about unwanted thoughts:

Unwanted thoughts are almost always from the devil.

Unwanted thoughts that have come into your mind such as:

  • Unwanted thoughts of Lust
  • Negative emotions: (anger, rage, revenge, etc.)
  • Unwanted thoughts of despair: (worry, doubt, panic, fear, etc.)
  • Unwanted thoughts that have you putting yourself down: (“I’m such a looser”; “nobody cares about me”; “I can’t do anything right” etc.)

Those unwanted thoughts and many others are all very likely put into your mind by a demon.

Why Does God Allow This?

Here’s why: it’s because we have a free will. God did not intend to create robotic worshipers that are hard-wired to say what He wants to hear. He wants genuine worshipers.

But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. (John 4:23)

Our free will includes the freedom to reject Him.

How Is The Devil Able To Get Permission To Torment Us?

Here’s an excerpt from chapters 1 & 2 of the Book of Job that illustrates how Satan is able somehow to get permission from God.

In spite of all that, it is possible to be free from unwanted thoughts.

But How??

#4) How To Get Relief:

Here’s how: by partnering with God and thus apply the power of His Word.

Here are a couple of clues. This is all about what comes into your mind:

…For as he thinks in his heart, so is he… (Proverbs 23:7a AMP)

I’ll say it again: this is all about what comes into your mind. That’s the battleground. God would love for you to partner with Him so that He can help rid your mind of unwanted thoughts.

…be transformed by the renewing of your mind. (Romans 12:2b)

The process in not by “trying harder” to stop unwanted thoughts. Instead, challenge the source of the unwanted thoughts by filtering them through the “grid” of the Word of God.

Is it a thought that would draw you nearer to God? Or is it instead a thought from the pit of hell. When you know you are “hearing” unwanted thoughts from the devil, you can remove them — or rather, allow God to remove them — using the power of His Word.

To best see how Satan interacts with God to get permission to torment us, read this excerpt from chapters 1 and 2 of the book of Job.

The weapons of our warfare are described in Ephesians 6:10-20. As you can see, Paul says nothing about “trying harder”. Rather, it alludes to using principles of the Word of God.

You Have A Part In The Solution

Jesus Himself demonstrated for us how to do the part that He wants you (and me and all of His followers) to do. After fasting for forty days, Satan tried to tempt Jesus. But each time, Jesus deflected the temptation by quoting from Scripture. You can read the details of this encounter here: Matthew 4:1-12:

Satan and his demons tempt us by putting thoughts into our minds. Their purpose is to trick us into doing things that lead us away from God and ultimately to hell.

But it doesn’t have to happen that way. With God’s help, you can live free from the torment of unwanted thoughts that don’t belong in your mind.

BUT… you can’t stop these unwanted thoughts by your own strength for very long. You need help from God. And He has promised to help you as a Christian believer.

Let’s re-state the key Scripture passage:

The power of God's Word enables us to take captive all unwanted thoughts! | Word Blessings | Scripture memory

The power of God’s Word empowers us to take captive all unwanted thoughts. Thus, the Holy Spirit becomes the gatekeeper of your mind.

4 For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. 5 We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ (2 Corinthians 10:4~5}

The key passage should give you great hope.

  • First of all, we know that God inspired the apostle Paul to write that passage. That means God wanted you to know this.
  • Second: because it’s in the Bible, it’s possible! You CAN keep unwanted thoughts out… IF you are a Bible believing Christian.
  • Third: it shows us that we need God’s help to banish unwanted thoughts permanently!

Satan and his demons come to us uninvited. God allows that because of he has given us a free will. We must choose to believe in Him and follow Him. That’s why He didn’t make programmed robots that speak programmed words.

But because we have a free will, we have to ask God for His help.

There is a part that you must do when you partner with God. When you do your part, God will do the part that only He can do.

Here are some things I have learned about controlling the thoughts that go into my mind. It’s all biblical and very effective. I write them with the desire that they would be spread widely around and used by Christian believers everywhere. We need Him. This is so serious!

Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.” (Matthew 7:13-14)

Here’s What To Do

Start by choosing to believe God.

Trust Him that He will never ask you to do something that you cannot do. He will always make available to you the resources to accomplish what He has commanded. But he won’t do the part that you can do.

Ultimately, He wants your permission to allow Him to accomplish His work here on this earth through you. Don’t hold back any longer. Give yourself to Him… and He’ll do things through you that you cannot imagine.

I urge you to read, study, and begin to learn and apply the thoughts and Scriptures written here. Ask God to help you apply them into your life. If you’ll do that, I can assure you on the authority of the Word of God, He will set you free from the torment of thoughts you know should not be in your mind.

It all comes down to knowing His Word. Jesus said:

If you remain in My Word, you will truly be My disciples; and you will know the Truth, and the Truth will set you free.” (John 8:31-32)

God is asking you to take a step of faith, first by reading this post, then by choosing to believe it and act as would a person who truly believed these things could become a reality in their life. It may seem impossible to you, but that’s where faith begins, right? If you could see all the dots connected, it wouldn’t be faith. I believe God deliberately sets things up that way. He wants you to surrender to Him. It’s time to do that. Read this, then… DO IT!

Summary: Seven Things To Consider:

1 GOOD NEWS: It truly is possible to live free from thoughts you do not want to have in your mind! You CAN be successful! You CAN!!

This includes lustful thoughts (which, if not captured and banished quickly, will soon lead to lustful actions.)

Especially for us men, it’s critically important that we take hold of this. God’s Word commands us to come up to a higher level of holiness. At the gym where I work out, there are sometimes young, attractive women dressed very provocatively. I can’t begin to count the number of times I have whispered the following Scripture to myself:

I have made a covenant with my eyes; Why then should I look upon a young woman? (Job 31:1)

And is there anywhere a man who has not done what Jesus is speaking of in the next verse?

But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart. (Matthew 5:28)

But here’s the “Good News” part:
God never commands us to do something without giving us the means to do it.

However, we have to do it His way. As is often true, there is a part that we have to do before God will do the part only He can do. It’s that last part — where God helps us AFTER we’ve done our part — that we need.

Which brings us to the next point:


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BUT: You cannot do it on your own by “trying harder”.

That “try-harder” thing is a main component of Satan’s “gospel”. It doesn’t work for very long; eventually, it always fails. Then Satan uses your failure to condemn you; to make you feel like a loser. You try again, and the cycle repeats. You become discouraged and you ultimately quit. Very bad plan!

This may appear to contradict item 1, but it really doesn’t. It just means you can’t be victorious on your own. You need supernatural help. SO…


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REALLY GOOD NEWS: God longs to partner with you to help you live a life of victory.

Because you have a free will, God will not force His help upon you. You have to ask Him.

In order to partner with you, God requires your obedience. It does no good to try to shut the devil out in one area of your life, while simultaneously opening doors for him in other areas.


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BUT… you must submit to God’s authority in ALL areas of life.

James wrote, “Submit yourselves therefore to God; resist the devil and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7)

You have to put first things first: submit to God first, then with the power of His Spirit, you can easily resist the devil.

God Wants Our Obedience

I made a list of areas in which I want to be obedient to God. This is probably not a comprehensive list, and I am definitely not doing them perfectly:

attitude; anger; blaming; complaining; compromise; contentment; covetousness; defiance; discipline; dress - what we wear; entertainment choices; envy; food choices; excuses - making excuses vs. taking ownership; haughty vs. a humble heart; love; parenting; patience; physical fitness; pride; procrastination; rebellion; resentment; relationship based on performance vs. acceptance; repentance; revenge; Scripture memory; selfishness; stewardship (financial, time, talent etc.); stubbornness; ungodly or lustful thoughts and actions; unbelief - refusing to trust God; unforgiveness;

God does not expect perfection

What He is really watching for is steady progress in the right direction. He wants us to voluntarily come under His authority. In other words, He wants us to submit ourselves to God


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MORE GOOD NEWS — (which doesn’t look like good news at first): there isn’t a “quick-fix” for this. It’s going to take time. You have to do the part that you can do before God will do the part only He can do.

This is spiritual warfare, and you have to learn some things first. You need to equip yourself with Bible principles. As you do so, you must make up your mind — set your mind — to choose to respond by using those “weapons” throughout every day.

Here’s where many Christians lose the battle. They haven’t adequately equipped themselves with “The sword of the Spirit, the Word of God” (Ephesians 6:17).

Simply Stated, Here’s The “How-To”:
This is what works: fill your mind so full of God’s thoughts (that’s what Bible verses are) that the devil cannot get a word in edgewise!

When you “submit to God “ (James 4:7) and “renew your mind” (Romans 12:2), be prepared to be astonished! God will “manifest Himself to you” (John 14:21).

As you systematically feed on the Word of God (see Matthew 4:4), you will come alive spiritually. The power of God will begin to operate in you, because the Word of God IS God!! (see John 1:1).

Acts 1:8 says, “You will receive power, which the Bible defines as “…more and more grace (power of the Holy Spirit to meet this evil tendency…) (James 4:6 AMP). Then you’ll be able to “Take every thought captive” (2 Corinthians 10:5). The Holy Spirit becomes the gatekeeper of your mind!


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START SMALL if you must — but START!!

If you’ve done little or no Scripture learning, start out with one or two short verses written on recipe cards; read them as little as once a day; takes just a minute or two. It may take days or even weeks. Let it take time. Eventually, you will be able to recite them by heart.

A couple of supporting Scriptures for you: Psalm 119:11 says, “I have hidden Your Word in my heart, that I might not sin against You.” Deuteronomy 6:6 says, “These words which, I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart…”

Anyone who can read can do this. If you find yourself thinking you don’t have time for that, it’s time to review your priorities.

According to 2 Timothy 1:7, God has given you “…a sound mind”. Indeed, 1 Corinthians 2:16 says you have “… the mind of Christ”. If you can remember your name, your address, your phone number, your Social Security number, the names and birthdays of your family members, etc., you can do this. If you’re not doing this or something like this to learn Scripture, at least be honest before God and admit, “I WON’T!!”

When the devil is messing with your mind, fight back with these verses:

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. (Isaiah 43:2)

The above verse refers to how God is always with you, especially during difficult times. The metaphors of “water” and “fire” refer to our trials in life.

Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. (1 John 4:4)

In the above verse, “He who is in you” of course refers to God. “He who is in the world” refers to the devil. The idea is: God is more powerful than all the demons combined.

When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. 4 In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can flesh do to me? (Psalm 56:3-4)

Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you. 26 My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. (Psalm 73:25-26)


7THERE IS NO NEUTRAL GROUND HERE!

Jesus said, Whoever is not with me is against me” (Matthew 12:30, Luke 11:23)

The whole Kingdom of Heaven and the whole kingdom of hell are watching to see which choice you make.


God has given each of us a multiple-choice test.

But look: He’s also given us the correct answer! I’ve underlined it:

I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live” (Deuteronomy 30:19)

You have a free will; you have a SOUND MIND!! But you have to make the decision.

Make it a good one!!

~ jan


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  • Kristine August 8, 2017, 11:19 PM

    Thank you so much for this article. It sometimes feels like when I move closer to God, then immediately stronger attacks happen to make me fearful and nervous and doubt. But I will keep seeking God. I have lived so many years after the tune of trying harder, and as you write it only leads to failure and self blame. I thought I was seeking good, but “trying harder” is all a trick. Now I want to let that go, and not worry as the Bible says. Trust, surrender and not worry. Thank you again.

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    • Jan Smith August 9, 2017, 7:29 PM

      Kristine, it delights me no end to know that somehow God worked through me to show you these truths so that you can live in the victory that Jesus has already provided for you.

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  • anju August 1, 2017, 4:00 AM

    chris,i have been fighting with this evil thoughts since the day i decided to allow god in my life.evrytime i try to get close to god satan does something to divert my mind.today am jobless,i have taken money from people,i have committed sin,adultery,i have lied to family and friends,but i have realized my mistakes,and now i want to give my life to god.i want him to give me peace in my life.remove all the evil things from me.give me strength and power to grow more in him.help me.lead me in his path.wenever i read the sriptures i feel peace.i feel some new power but then again after sometime i forget those scriptures.i was a very bright student in school.god has blessed me with very good grasping and memory power but wen it comes to bible verses am unable to remember them.satn always diverts my mind.i have loved a person..it was all good between us but suddenly since past few months its not all good between us..he says we r not meant for each other .but then he even wants to be with me.he says he loves me cares for me..talks to me nicely ..but most of the times its only about sex…i dont want to commit any adultery now…i want him as my lifepartner.but he says his family wont agree and many other reasons.i have prayed for us alot of times…what should i do,..i want to come out of this sinful life.

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    • Jan Smith August 9, 2017, 8:47 PM

      Hi, Anju,
      You said that whan you read the scriptures you feel peace. but then after a time you forget them. Am I understanding you correctly?
      Don’t fee discouraged. That’s what the devil wants you to feel.
      When I found that the same thing (forgetting) was happening to me, I made a plan to refresh my mind on scriptures that I had memorized in the past. I read through and speak them out loud one or two days each week. That seems to help keep them available in my conscious memory.

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  • Dean July 30, 2017, 12:53 PM

    I am thirteen year old boy, and a Christian. But recently, my mind’s been clouded with bad thoughts that make it hard to pray. I thought that I must not be a real Christian, since I thought that a real Christian would be able to handle those thoughts. But I read your article, and I am going to try what you suggest! It is very encouraging, and I thank you for writing it.

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    • Jan Smith August 7, 2017, 9:13 AM

      Hi, Dean. I commend you for being smart enough at age 13 to even ask for help. Yo’re doing great!
      You are indeed a Christian. Those thoughts of doubt are being slipped into your mind by a demon. They specialize in leading people into sinful behavior, then accusing you before the throne of God. But Jesus paid the penalty for your sins on the cross.
      Joanne and I are working on a longer, more detailed reply which will become a blog post (Don’t worry; it won’t have your name on it!) We’re doing that because every Christian needs to understand these things. You cannot succeed just by trying harder. It takes the power of God’s Word to get victory, as you read in the article.
      Just think: did your parents disown you when you made mistakes? Of course not! And neither does God. He doesn’t demand that we be perfect. Jesus simply said, “Follow Me”.

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  • Chris July 21, 2017, 5:28 AM

    I recently as a Christian, have been having racing thoughts about the vision of hell and the demonic attacks I have have ever since I was a little kid. Now, i have nothing but questions I ask the Lord daily. In the mean time, as I’m waiting for a change to happen, I am having racing thoughts about who I love and who I hate. Of course I only hate the devil and of course I love Jesus christ. My mind recently has been saying it so fast every night before I sleep, that I’m hoping I dont mix those sentences up on accident. I mean it’s crazy that I even think that at all and have racing thoughts to whare I can’t sleep bevause I dont want to say the wrong thing and disappoint Jesus. It’s gotta be a trick from the devil I think. I rebuked the devil countless times as I have racing thoughts. Anyone know what i could do? Thanks.

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    • Jan Smith July 26, 2017, 6:45 PM

      Chris, I commend you! You have a remarkably good grasp of what is going on between you and the devil.
      What you need to do is arm yourself with some ammunition from the Word of God, so that you can blast the devil with it when he tries to knock you down or mess with your mind. This is a supernatural problem and you can only handle it with a supernatural solution: God’s Word. THAT is the one thing in this world that the devil can’t control.

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  • Ana July 15, 2017, 11:59 PM

    Thank you so much for this. The Lord gave me a call and since then i’ve been having more attacks from the devil but God is stronger and lead me to this post so i can have the weapons to fight back.
    Pray for me please.

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    • Jan Smith July 26, 2017, 6:14 PM

      Ana, I’m so delighted right now that you found this and that it helped you.

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  • Linda July 15, 2017, 5:58 PM

    I enjoyed this article, I need this information to give to my friends. Thanks again.. God bless..

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    • Jan Smith July 26, 2017, 6:13 PM

      Hi, Linda,
      Thanks – be sure to send your friends over here to read this article.

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  • Nathnael July 6, 2017, 3:06 AM

    I am so thankful. I now know lotta of things. I have the knowledge now, what I need is the wisdom. I will put this into practice. May God continue to use you. The way you presented is amazing. Much love from East Africa.

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    • Jan Smith July 12, 2017, 5:54 PM

      Hey, now you’re on it, Nathnael! Head knowledge is only step #1. It’s when you put it into practice that you release the power of God’s Word intl your life!

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  • eric July 1, 2017, 4:05 PM

    i really thank God for meeting this POWERFUL WORDS OF GOD from u.I have been having this horrible thought as well about God.i know the devil is very tricky and when he touches your brain it very difficult to deal with.am really having very bad times.Thank God for this.am going to work much more harder to read and memorise my BIBLE to uproot this thought in the blood of JESUS CHRIST OF NAZARITE who died on the cross for my sins.

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    • Jan Smith July 12, 2017, 5:49 PM

      What a wonderful message, Eric! I’m so proud of you for how you are taking hold of God’s Word.

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  • Burnetta June 30, 2017, 9:48 AM

    Hello , I am a women and I have been loosing my hair for the last 16mnts. It has caused me to be anxious and depressed. I’ve even had to get on medication. I’m ashamed that this has bothered me so much. It has left me heart broken and it’s hard for me to sense Gods presence I feel like he has abandoned me. Please pray for me!
    Burnetta

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    • Jan Smith July 12, 2017, 5:30 PM

      Burnetta, you know what? You’re so precious in God’s sight. You are unique! You are God’s masterpiece. Pay no attention to the stupid beauty standards that the world sets up. To God, YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL! And one day, you’d dance with Jesus. His opinion is the only one that really matters.

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  • Iris Martin June 27, 2017, 9:39 AM

    Would be great to send me Bible verses

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    • Jan Smith July 12, 2017, 5:13 PM

      Iris, how about you read through the articles and make a list. 🙂

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  • Mike June 20, 2017, 3:53 PM

    Would you suggest scriptures that deal with, or destroy, the plans, schemes, and efforts of the enemy in our lives? Maybe like ‘speaking to your mountain’ verses? For one verse, Jesus said that He has come so that He might destroy the works of the devil.
    How do we apply scriptures to those specific situations that are causing upheaval, upset, loss, etc. Circumstances that we realize are not God’s will for us.
    Thank you.

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    • Iris Martin June 27, 2017, 9:41 AM

      Please send me scripture s to banish unwanted thoughts and for me to partner with God

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      • Jan Smith July 12, 2017, 5:14 PM

        Everything you need is right there in the article.

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  • Samuel James June 4, 2017, 10:06 AM

    Love this beautiful words. I Pray that God will continue to empower you sir. Please i dont know if this request is right, i need someone that can sharpene me by God grace, help me to grow spiritually. No one want to listene to me for a long time but hope i can find here thanks

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    • Jan Smith June 5, 2017, 9:05 PM

      Samuel, I’m goad you found my article helpful. And thank you for your wonderful prayer for me. I am blessed by your words!
      I will send you a private message regarding the other issue you mentioned.

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  • GIDEON ADEBISI May 28, 2017, 8:53 AM

    I want to first of all appreciate the grace of God upon your life and ministry sir. You are one of those sent by God to build faith in the life of believers and to awaken the sleeping saints(strong men). I thank you so much. Words are not enough to show my gratitude on what God has used you to do in my Christian race through your message here.Thanks a lot and God keep you strong and obedient in what He has called you to do for Him on earth till you see Him in Glory in Jesus name.amen

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    • Jan Smith May 29, 2017, 9:03 PM

      Thank you for your kind words, Gideon!
      Of course, you know it’s not really me doing this, but Jesus working through me.

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  • Alison May 22, 2017, 9:38 AM

    I came across this wonderful post by accident and I can’t even begin to express how much I appreciate that you wrote this. I feel like I have been angry at God for so long and reading your post helped me see how desperately I need him. I think I have felt like he must prove himself to me and I see the ridiculousness in that now. God is so good and bless your for reminding me of that.

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    • Jan Smith May 25, 2017, 9:44 AM

      Alison, thank you for your kind words. Would’t you agree: we all need to be reminded at some point that God loves us and is working to give us the very best. And He has given us His Son, Jesus. And He has given us the Holy Spirit. And then He has given us His Word, without which we are helpless and at the mercy of an enemy who shows us no mercy.

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      • Alison May 25, 2017, 11:19 AM

        I absolutely agree. God Bless!

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  • T Young May 21, 2017, 3:24 PM

    Thank You so much, I love the Lord Me and my husband are believers in God, but every time I am trying to focus on the lord, the enemy puts foul thoughts in mind to cause me to be shameful and weak, but praise God for his people on this earth to minister to his people the solution that helps us to keep on our Journey in Christ with evidence of his help and his word. God Bless You

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    • Jan Smith May 24, 2017, 8:09 PM

      Thanks for your encouraging comment. The apostle Paul said this:

      3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. (2 Corinthians 1:3~4)

      That’s what I’m trying to do here on this blog: comfort others with the comfort God has given to me.

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  • Christie Bettie May 3, 2017, 7:48 AM

    Thank God for this wonderful post, I’ve been trying for years to get myself rid of all filthy thought that always hinder me from praying to God because i thought He will not listen to me. I have given up all hope I keep sinking in the sin of Immoral thought, but with these your post now I know that I”m more than an over-comer. God Bless you real good.

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    • Jan Smith May 3, 2017, 9:59 AM

      Hi, Christie! Thanks for sharing.
      You wrote, “i thought He will not listen to me”. In fact, that was not your thought at all. That thought was very cunningly slipped into your mind by Satan or one of his demons. They do this to everyone. It’s like you have this “prompter guy” in the background saying, “Now, repeat after me: ‘‘”, and you fall for it. You think that’s your own thought. And then, after he’s gotten you to meditate on his lies, he runs to the court of Heaven and accuses you before God, seeking permission to torment you even more.
      But when you saturate your mind with God’s thoughts — that’s what Bible verses are — the forces of hell are totally disarmed and disabled. The Holy Spirit becomes the gatekeeper of your mind!

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  • Yhwh mally April 30, 2017, 1:59 AM

    I Realized that the devil will not stop unil he gets you and he after does you realize the sin you commited and the devil disappear from your thoughts because he already got what he wanted out of you and now your beating yourself up and that’s exactly what he wants. But God Will Be there for you . Im 18 yrs old and i realized how strong God is in my life.

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    • Jan Smith May 3, 2017, 9:43 AM

      Yhwh, thanks for writing.
      One of the devil’s favorite strategies is to get you to sin, and then to heap guilt and shame upon you. Then he runs to the court of heaven and accuses you before God and demands permission to afflict you with misery.
      I commend you for knowing these things at such a young age. I had no knowledge of any spiritual details at that age.
      Good for you!

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  • SAMBY FREADY April 20, 2017, 6:39 AM

    wow very well written brother

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  • John P. March 16, 2017, 7:46 AM

    Hey Jan,

    I’m honestly grateful forgiving me some insight and food for thought. I’ve been struggling with unwanted thoughts lately and I felt it’s burden beginning to grow deeper until I finally decided to see if I could find a solution. And I’m most grateful to god for leading me to this article. I took the time to read this even here during my night shift. It’s been both enlightening and interesting. I’ll be sure to put your suggestions into practice as soon as I get home.

    Once more, thank you for your time in making this. God bless you!

    sincerely,
    John P.

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    • Jan Smith March 20, 2017, 2:46 PM

      Thank you for writing, John. It’s always a battle, but it’s possible to win when you have the power of God’s Word working for you.

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      • Marsha April 4, 2017, 6:56 PM

        I was disobedidn’t to holy spirit when he gave me directions and evil thoughts about God developed and I knew who was. Choosing for husband but instead told God let me go back to world run own life forgetting that is devil side. Then he’ll thought kept playing in mind and I thought it was from God since went back to.world and this spirit of pride said to God okay I will go there but then I am going to.destroy business and self first. Then I hardened heart and left faith. Met with minister and he asked about incident to Godhead since he can hear from them and God said I was heart broken, yes cuz lost him holy spirit told him heart change for me hardening heart against God and Jesus told him won’t die which means separation from God and go to hell. I have been wanting God and Jesus to grant me salvation again so I can back on their side and God has given me reprobate mind and hardened heart. I want back on God side.

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  • Tega March 15, 2017, 9:16 PM

    Thanks u and god blesd

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  • TASHA March 10, 2017, 4:26 PM

    Thank you for this article. It brought so much peace to my mind. I have been tormented by fearful thoughts but I have learned to devour the word of God. I meditate on it day and night, it is the only weapon against the negative thoughts. They come at me thicke and hard but I know and I believe that it is all about to come to an end. I am determined to live a godly blessed life. I am keeping the word of God before me. Thank you for the adticle. It was a God send.

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    • Jan Smith March 20, 2017, 2:41 PM

      Tasha, thanks so much for your comment. Having struggled with these things myself, it’s such a joy to read that another believer has taken hold of God’s Word to benefit from the power He built into His Word.
      Here’s your chance now to help others bu sending them to this site to read this article. Share it with others that you may know who are struggling.

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  • David March 3, 2017, 8:10 AM

    Hi iv been battling with dis issue alot of unwanted thoughts dat i cnt control because of past mistakes, some can be insults on someone or anger from no were pls i really need help on how to control these thoughts cos i always consider it as a sin to God

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    • Jan Smith March 20, 2017, 2:06 PM

      David, tht’s why I wrote this article. Please read it carefully and do what it says. It won’t be a quick fix, but help will come if you persevere.

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  • Reshma February 23, 2017, 4:51 AM

    please Jesus Help me…Its been a very long time I have been suffering

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    • Jan Smith March 20, 2017, 2:00 PM

      Jesus will help you. But He won’t necessarily eliminate all your problems. He uses the strain of suffering to make you more like Jesus.

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  • Godfrey February 20, 2017, 11:00 AM

    Psalm 1:2 Blessed is the man whose delight is the law of the lord and who meditates on it day and night.

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    • Jan Smith April 17, 2017, 5:08 PM

      Hey, Godfrey, you nailed it! that’s what helps keep your mind ooff of ungodly things!

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  • Valerie A Jones January 18, 2017, 10:17 PM

    Wow!!! I am so grateful that God led me to this article! Thank you Jan. It has really helped me. The devil really works hard on my mind! I was praying so hard! Even as I would read His word the devil threw thoughts into my mind! Calling the Bible a lie and telling me what I was reading was crazy! So I googled and was led to your article. Since I’ve read it I use some of the verses you suggested and it has helped tremendously! God bless!!!!

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    • Jan Smith January 20, 2017, 2:25 PM

      Hey, Valerie: I’m so glad to read that you found help on Word Blessings. You just made my day!

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  • Jessica December 14, 2016, 6:49 PM

    ‘..that can lead you ultimately to Hell’
    Oh but cheer up! Here’s ..
    Lile really?

    I’m not saying we’re allowed to do what we want, but because I’m struggling with bad thoughts about God, bad thoughts in general, and feeling devastated and unhappy, then that means a demon is leading me to Hell? Then that’s just it for me?

    ‘..Nor demons, can seperate us from The Love of The Lord Jesus Christ’

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    • Jan Smith December 23, 2016, 6:08 PM

      Jessica, God loves you. In fact, He love you so much that He won’t force His love upon you. Pastors and people like me are trying — however imperfectly — to explain that God wants us to become disciples of Jesus. God wants that for every one of us.
      I and others are also trying to explain that there are evil beings (Satan and his demons) in the invisible realm that are fighting against God so as to draw us away from God. This is a cosmic battle. God only takes care of soldiers. Civilians are on their own. We cannot just go to church on Sunday, but nobody at work knows we’re saved on Monday.
      His supernatural power is available to every one of His soldiers. Everyone can be a soldier, but most are not. Are you?

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  • Pam Gray December 8, 2016, 7:55 AM

    Please send me a short prayer to overcome negative thoughts of fear and confusion.

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    • Jan Smith December 20, 2016, 11:35 AM

      Hi, Pam,
      I’m sorry to have to tell you that there is no such thing as a short prayer to overcome negative thoughts of fear and confusion.
      The only way I know of that actually works is to saturate your mind with God’s Word. You see, those negative thoughts are there because you have allowed them to be there. Those thoughts are there because Satan and his demons have put them there. You and I, like it or not, are in the middle of a great battle that began before the earth was formed, between Satan and God. Satan is so full of pride that he actually believes that he can our-maneuver God and keep control of this world we live in.
      God has given us all we need in order to stand firm against the devil and his demons.
      Only when you choose by faith to cooperate with God, and do things His way; only then can you enjoy the freedom that God has made available to you.
      God’s plan is to strengthen you through the trials of life, to make you more and more like Jesus.
      The article above has a fairly good recipe for what to do and how to do it.
      The battle you are in is taking place in your mind. But you have more control than you know. You can control what goes into your mind. But Satan has constructed the thinking of most who call themselves Christians such that they just want an easy-chair solution that will allow them to get on with their real life without any discomfort. That is not the Christian life. It will be in Heaven, bet we’re not there yet.
      Read my series of articles on Scripture memory. Click the “Blog Index” tab in the menu at the top. Read those articles and do what they tell you to do. It will take time, but along the way you will be astonished at how God’s Word takes hold of you. Do it!

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  • Pam Gray December 8, 2016, 7:52 AM

    Would you please show me a easy way to get rid of neg give and worry fearful confusing thoughts

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    • Jan Smith December 9, 2016, 6:00 PM

      Hi, Pam,
      Everything you need to know and do is either in this article, or in the supporting articles that are linked to this one.
      I’d suggest you go back to this summary list of seven things to consider. Click Here to go directly to that summary list.
      Read them 7 items over carefully, and begin doing what I’ve written there. It’s not a “quick fix” solution. There isn’t one (aside from popping pills — please don’t do that). You have a part in the process, but God will help you once you get started.
      If you’re really serious about wanting to break free from the torment of thoughts, consider my online course entitled How YOU Can Live In Peace It has just what you need to break free from the devil (he’s the source of all the thoughts you don’t want). and live in the peace that Jesus has already given you!

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  • Ann December 4, 2016, 8:13 PM

    Thanks Jan for your support in the ministry that God has given you to share with all of us who need it. Your a blessing and may God’s word continue to revive us to victory in know that if God is for us, who can be against us. Jesus won and so can we. We’re entitled to victory. But only through the love of Jesus Christ. Thank you again and again.

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    • Jan Smith December 9, 2016, 4:44 PM

      Ann, it’s so encouraging to me to read your words. And of course you know, it’s not really me. It’s the Holy Spirit of Jesus Christ working through me, just as He said He wanted to do in each one of us. What a privilege it is to promote His thoughts (that’s what the Bible is, you know.) and write these things. Every day I get up thinking, “I get to do it again today!” I get to bring Glory to God through my writing and web skills.

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  • mccart November 22, 2016, 8:00 PM

    how can that be done

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    • Jan Smith December 7, 2016, 10:48 AM

      I am assuming that your question is about “how to get rid of unwanted thoughts”.
      There is plenty of “how-to” advice in the article. Maybe you should come back and read it over again.

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  • Paxton November 21, 2016, 7:46 PM

    Hello I am very fortunate to have found this article. I struggle everyday and even say I will “try harder” in my prayers everyday, and I also say “I cannot do it without you.” However not only do the thoughts not go away, but I turn away and knowingly sin everyday. I hope God gives me his blessing and I can overcome my weakness. I am an absolute believer, and sometimes find myself as the character in scripture who leads others away from God by making them think we can sin because it is forgiven. I know this and acknowledge this. Please let’s all pray for each other to stay strong in the armor of the word. It is the only truth in this world

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    • Jan Smith November 22, 2016, 11:03 AM

      Paxton, your comment is very well stated. As you said, “trying harder” doesn’t work as a permanent solution. Most of those unwanted thoughts (perhaps all of them?) come from Satan and his demons. They are relentless. But as you saw from the article, you and I can overpower the devil by applying God’s Word against them. So let me encourage you to get a few verses into your mind and into your heart. Rehearse them over and over in your mind. Then, when the test comes — and it will — you will be ready.

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  • JC November 15, 2016, 2:28 PM

    This Blog is very sobering! Thanks for creating it. I made a post up above, I would encourage anyone that follows this blog to read it, please, I do believe it will be greatly helpful for you. I am sorry that so many people are experiencing this terror of mind. “Oh Lord will you help us? Help us to receive your grace, to extend forgiveness, and to not lose heart. We really do need you God, and confess that if you do not save us, we will not be saved. You are our only hope. Please Father, look on the Son and be pleased. Make you word alive, not just mere words to be read, but a savior to be marveled. Help the sons and daughters, the mothers and fathers represented in this blog. Keep our kids in you mercy. Let us not be made afraid by the enemy of our souls. He is not as big as He supposes. He is the one who is blind, pitiable, and poor. Cursed above all the livestock. Yes Lord we too were cursed, but you have ransomed us back from that curse. You have grouped yourself with transgressors. You count yourself with us, and not against us. We love you. We need you. This is what it looks like to have faith, but we want freedom. In Jesus name. Amen.” Guys please check out the two resources I listed above, One is “Grace abounding” By John Bunyan, the same guy who wrote pilgrims progress, went through this same thing, and this book records his daily fight in his imagination and how satan accused him night and day, but how he got victory by God’s grace and the power of the word. The second was a book my wife and son got me last year for my Birthday, it instantly made me joyful. It is “prayer and spiritual warfare” by Charles Spurgeon. These two books are absolutely essential to anyone going through this, I cannot stress it enough. If i had the money and knew each person here, I would personally pay for them for you, that’s how earnest I am that you get these. Seek Him above all guys. He can be found. He want’s to be found. And more then that, He will find us. Not even death can separate us from the Love of God in Christ Jesus. For whether we are alive or asleep we will appear with him, the great watcher of mankind, the Sheppard and overseer of our souls. Guy’s and Gal’s be honest about your sin too. Its not to condemn you, but sinful patterns have to warred against. Lets not be sleepy and lethargic about who God is, and what’s at stake. Hell is real, Gods wrath is real, and our sin is real. But Jesus is the solution for all of these, don’t let yourself be decieved that you have to go down without a fight. We are disigned by God, for his pleasure. Some of you do not like yourself very much at all, and that is somewhat fine. Self Esteem, cant even save you. Think of what Moses said when God called Him in Exodus 4:10-11 “But Moses said to the Lord, “Oh, my Lord, I am not eloquent, either in the past or since you have spoken to your servant, but I am slow of speech and of tongue.” 11Then the Lord said to him, “Who has made man’s mouth? Who makes him mute, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Is it not I, the Lord?” God does not correct Moses and say, “oh Moses you can talk good man, you are eloquent, don’t think so low of yourself” No, rather God wants Moses to know that He is able to do as He please! Will we trust God is enough?! A bigger view of God is what is needed. He is mighty. He reigns in the heavens, see’s and knows everything. He makes the deaf? Then what about our situation of mental torment? Is He absent? No, God has ordained such things. He is sovereign over all people. Don’t seek refuge in a better version of you, because what if disaster strikes and takes away that better version of you, what if moth and rust break out and destroy your flesh? Be sure, our bodies will not stand the test of time, but our souls where made to live forever. We will live forever with Jesus, or die forever in hell. One way or another suicide will not take away that reality. So if any are thinking about that as a solution, I can assure you it is not one. I tell myself that daily. I will stand before Him, no matter if its today, or 30 years from now. No escaping that. And in fact I want that to be a joyous occasion, so I fight to make Christ my own, because He has made me His own. We must stand now. That coming from a guy who slept till 10:30 today, because of the immense pain. He is sufficient for us. Even our Despair He can and will work for His Glory, and our Good. Do not be faithless. But even if we are Faithless, He is faithful, for He cannot deny Himself. We have such a resting place in Jesus. Lets lay our heads on Him. I hope this also is encouraging.

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  • Renee November 14, 2016, 1:00 AM

    This is a blessing for me. I have been having horrible thoughts for a month now. I have offended the Lord and treated Him horribly. But I always say sorry then have the same recurring horrible thoughts. And I “try harder” to stop these thoughts instead of arming myself with the Word of God. Thank you for this article it truly is a blessing. I pray that God will forgive me for all I have done and that these horrible thoughts will go away permanently. God bless you

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    • Jan Smith November 19, 2016, 6:17 PM

      Renee, as you stated, “trying harder” doesn’t work as a permanent solution. I hope you will choose to do what I have written in the article.
      For even more information, you should check out my online course entitled How YOU Can Live In Peace

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      • Renee November 19, 2016, 9:28 PM

        Hi Jan, I have been saying bible verses in my head and I have found that it helps but I’m still having unwanted thoughts sometimes. Thank you for this article though and thank you for taking the time to respond to each of our comments. God bless you 🙂

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  • Devon November 10, 2016, 3:47 PM

    I just want to thank you so much for taking the time out to write all of this. I have been in desperate need of peace. The torment from Satan has been extremely heavy. God directed me to this page and it’s such a relief to know I’m not the only one who deals with these unwanted thoughts that seem so foreign! I pray over myself all the promises of God and also put in on armour of God in the morning. I feel it truly helps. There is power in the blood and nothing but Jesus alone!! To anyone reading this: you aren’t fighting alone, God fights these battles and promises to go before us.

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    • Jan Smith November 19, 2016, 6:09 PM

      Thank you, Devon! The things that I’ve written here are things I wish I had known things years ago. But as I learned more, God called me to write about the things He taught me.
      Devon, if you are really serious about living in peace, why not check out my online course, How YOU Can live In Peace
      If you would read and apply all the Bible wisdom I’ve put into this course, you won’t be afraid. You will be able to live in peace!

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  • Seth Engel September 20, 2016, 11:02 PM

    Dear Jan,

    I have been thinking of the same thing over and over again. It’s where I’m at a friends’ wedding, and every time I think about it, it either ends up good or bad. I’m stuck in this vicious thought cycle.

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    • Jan Smith September 26, 2016, 10:08 AM

      Hi, Seth,
      If you read the article, you know what to do. But knowing and doing are two different things. You have to train yourself by constant practice to keep saying to yourself, “These thoughts and/or intentions are not God-honoring thoughts or intentions! Therefore, I choose to meditate on God’s Word”.
      If you would begin doing that, here’s what you will see: at first, it will seem that it doesn’t work. Keep declaring the Truth. The more you think it, the stronger it gets. Quote God’s Word in your mind. You will see it get easier to replace the devil’s thoughts (that’w what those bad thoughts are) with God’s thoughts, which is what the verses in the Bible are.
      God’s thoughts, or the devil’s thoughts? You get to choose.

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  • Steven Garcia September 19, 2016, 5:53 PM

    Thank you God, thank you Jesus for guiding my mind to seeking out this message. Thank you Jan for this article and your words of God and truth. I am being saved from the devil for he will not have my heart. My heart belongs to God. I’ve been through tough times this year with my break-up being the biggest set back……no, it has allowed me to grow. In life we all need to fall in order to get back up stronger than before. God has given us free will and with that, it is choice of heart where we chose to go. God was always with me. Times may be tough, I may have lost her, my job, and precious time through sadness and sense of self, but I have not lost my faith in God. The power of heaven flows inside me. Inside us all! The devil is a LIAR! Truth comes from God and I will open my heart to him. I won’t give up nor give in to the Devils words of evil. I love myself as I love God. I know that at the end of the dark tunnel, there is light and that light is the divine holiness of God waiting to bathe me in its essence, cleansing me of all sin. I encourage all else to keep walking forward. The past is of old as we are in the present creating a heavenly future in gods name. Don’t give up! Together in faith we can overcome the devil and receive the love of God. It was fate leading me to this site so that I can open my eyes and see that all is well. God bless us all!

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    • Jan Smith September 20, 2016, 6:59 PM

      Steven, what a great recovery you are on! I’ve been in that dark tunnel you mentioned, and I knew none of these things you read here today. It’s HARD! But God is great, and I know you will cone out of that tunnel.
      I’m just so glad I could help you today.

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  • okeke mathias September 15, 2016, 6:57 AM

    i am very excited to read dis.transformation of mind in progress

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  • Arianna September 14, 2016, 1:46 PM

    I always knew I was a special person but I let the devil control me all my life. I have always known what’s right but I chose the easy path. Today is the day I accept who I am and that my mistakes don’t make me who I am. Its funny I’m 16 and very wise, just lazy 🙂 thanks for the help

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    • Jan Smith September 17, 2016, 12:32 PM

      Arianna, welcome to the human race! At age 16, you are way ahead of where I was at that age. I was lazy too, until God got my attention.

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  • travisl September 13, 2016, 8:05 PM

    the devil has been on me for a few days. He tried to inflict a panic attack on me also–all I could keep saying was thank you Jesus and as always–Jesus came through again.
    thanks for your articles and

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  • Teddy September 10, 2016, 6:58 PM

    Dear God, I now know I have been lying to myself a lot. I am worthless and weak without your help. Today, I seek your forgiveness and help. I am so sorry for abandoning your principles and teachings.
    I need your peace, so help me God.

    Dear Mr. Jan, Thank you for this opportunity. Please all Christians prey for me as I try to break my habits of sinful life. Thank you.

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    • Jan Smith September 12, 2016, 10:59 AM

      Teddy, I know it’s pleasing to God to see you turning to Him. When the devil tries to knock you down, do what Jesus did: say to the devel, “Be gone Satan, for it is written…” and then add an appropriate Scripture. Then say to the devil, “Go to hell, in the name of Jesus!!”. The devil can’t stand hearing the name Jesus. So if you do nothing more than say, “Jesus help me! Jesus help me, Jesus…Jesus”/ Keep repeating His name. That terrifies the devil.

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      • Teddy September 17, 2016, 11:59 PM

        Dear Mr. Jan.

        Thank you. For your advice. It was almost instantanous response from Jesus. He is at work in my life now. What Jesus can defeat in a second is what I was struggling with for so long.

        Now I know spiritual growth is equally important. I still needs prayers from all Christians.

        Dear God, I need your protection, your healing, your teaching, your direction.

        Devil works in the shadow to destroy me, he only sees me but he doesn’t see the guardians around me. Devil, I will betray you, Jesus is with me now. He is my saviour and my shield in whom I take refuge.

        You plan against me will not work, God hav seen it already!

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  • HJ September 7, 2016, 7:52 AM

    Dear Mr. Smith, I’ve been declaring, meditating, and reading God’s word more lately, particularly ones about fear. My ultimate fear is that I am not trusting enough in Jesus to save me because I listened to lies from the devil, and my previously strong faith is now weak. I struggle to feel and know the guidance of the holy spirit. I believe in God’s word completely. The problem is, when I read the bible, my mind latches on to all the negative parts like “those who obey not the gospel” “without faith it is impossible to please God” etc. I can say that after many months of pure terror and panic attacks, the fear has lessened significantly, and I received some deliverance recently, with an encouraging word that “ye shall know the truth and the truth shall set me free” and “I sought the Lord and he heard me and delivered me from all of my fears.” When the same fears pop up, I cling to those. It’s difficult to function during the day, because I meditate constantly, and I just want to be free and secure in my relationship. The tremendous love I used to feel has been replaced with numbness/emptiness and I pray that God will fill me again with his perfect love so that I may love in deed and truth. Please pray for me. Thank you for your blog, and God bless

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    • Jan Smith September 12, 2016, 11:27 AM

      HJ, the wonder of God is that you don’t have to be perfect. God takes you right where you are — but He doesn’t leave you where you are.
      The devil will always tell you “You’re not good enough!” Well, of course you’re not! None of us is good enough. But God will work through both of us — if we will surrender out right to be independent from Him, and allow Him to train us and tech us and work through us. Sometimes the training hurts. But it’s worth it.

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    • JC November 15, 2016, 1:57 PM

      Hey, I just wanted to recommend a few helpful authors for what you are going through. One is John Bunyan the book is “grace abounding”. This book has been extremely encouraging to me to see a giant of the the faith go through exactly what you are describing. Also Charles Spurgeon “the treasury of David a commentary on the Psalms”. Really any book by Spurgeon is super helpful when battling what seems like thoughts of “am I under wrath” or “am I under grace”. I have gone through this intensively for 3 years now, and have thought I am going crazy. Truth is I am not going crazy, and even if I where so what!! Faith is better then sanity!! My mind cannot save me, but Faith in the son of God can. It is better to enter the kingdom of heaven maimed then to enter hell whole. Jesus’ words not my own! Back to my point though, the best part of reading Spurgeon for me is to help me to have assurance of salvation, even though my thought life is not what I would like it to be, and also reading him I often forget about myself (this is delightful). The worries and invasive thoughts stop, not every time of course, as its no mere formula that can get us out of doubtful thought patterns, but rather God alone. And whether they are brought on by the enemy or our own unbelief, the message is the same. Salvation for us is just a morsel of bread from the masters table. We have a big God, with infinite affections that he has set on us. Wrath is real, absolutely! And it is right to fear God, no doubt. But God, does not want us in a constant state of fear, this is not from God. He has given His Spirit so we can be grateful for what He has given (1 Corn 2:12). Let me urge you with this, God has allowed you to see the severity of Heaven and Hell. That we walk on the precipice of eternity, this is reality! Our old natures think we must have joy, peace, and contentment as signs of salvation. But these are no sure signs of indwelling faith, for even unbelievers have a hint of these and they have no faith! “care more for a grain of faith, then a ton of excitment” (Spurgeon). If God gets you out of this, you will see all this was His mercy for you. After all, He wants to rouse a deaf world and is seeking true worshipers of Himself! And in our day and age that takes quite an effort on Gods part. The positive side of negative thought patterns is that you run to whom for help? It really is the breeding ground of both a resentment of God, and a love of God. Keep seeking Him that it would be a love of Him. And if you find yourself resenting Him and wanting to curse Him, cry out all the more. Say “Though He Slay me, Yet I will Hope in Him” (Job13:15) or “Then I will go to the king, thought it is against the law, and if I perish I perish” (Esther 4:16) or “He gives to the beasts their food, and to the young ravens that cry” (Psalm 147:9)
      or He answers even the prayers of the wicked, see PSALM 78, The Book of Judges, 2 Chronicles 33: Manasseh being heard by God even though he did terrible things. The Best book I would recommend besides “grace abounding” by John Bunyan, is “Prayer and Spiritual warfare” by Spurgeon. This book has been a life saver, truly! Please get it. Counseling would be helpful. Not having to much time on your hands is another thing. It can seem impossible to break the cycle, and get back out into the real world while in a constant state of distraction, I understand that. But be gracious to yourself, keep trying to inch along. It is never wrong to have faith, ok. Never. So do not disqualify yourself. It is never wrong to believe God. I regularly find myself thinking, “oh what if God doesn’t want me? and I am one of those people who will be found serving Him when I’m not really a disciple? Or what If I am like Esau and not like Jacob? I should stop myself from pretending to love God, Or I should stop believing that I believe Him” These are all ridiculous thoughts!!! He will not turn away one person who comes to Him, not ONE! Hell will have NOT ONE person in it that has cried out for Mercy!!!It was not designed for such a person. It is never wrong to have faith! It is only wrong to not have faith. That is what the root of all sin is, unbelief. For it is impossible to please God without faith! Anything then that does not proceed from faith is sin! Wrestle then for this, more then a clear thought life. Unless of course what we desire is a healthy life now, and faith is not actually on our radar at all. Don’t look at the world and think what they have is what you want. Or even other Christians. Look at God, and say I want to believe you! I don’t feel like I do though. Even in this feeling that says I don’t believe, I am still coming to you, I will never stop, even if I am in pain the rest of my life, I will never stop fighting for faith. When your distracted just moan in your distress, when you can’t think straight, just cry, even if you have no tears left! The bible says to be wretched and mourn, in some places right? Or read Lamentation 3! See what it looks like to have you mouth grinding on gravel and still say you have hope. Or Malachi 3:6 “I the Lord do not change, therefore you children of Jacob are not consumed” Why was Jacob loved and Esau hated? Not because of anything resident in them! Not because Jacob was better then the Esau. The verse says plainly, Jacob is loved and not consumed by God, BECAUSE God never changes! The question has to be then what is it that God didn’t change in? How does God not changing mean Jacob is loved? Well, the promise of God to Abraham, The blessing received by Jacob when he deceived his brother, wrestled the angel, and therefore God will not back out on a promise, ever! So what Promises are in the Bible for us? Any that come to the son, I will in no way cast out? Why are we saved? Not because of our works, that includes our thoughts, but rather we are saved by grace through faith in Jesus, ALONE! He will not hate us, if we say I am with you Jesus. He will always say I am with you then too! GOD IS LOVE! The Bible never says God Is wrath. Not by nature. His wrath is a response, not an attribute of himself. Thats why perfect love drives out fear. Because fear has to do with punishment. If Jesus has died and risen, and you believe in Him, and want Him, then you are not destined for wrath. For no one who is for us, is against us. Jesus words. I think that’s enough. I hope this will be read and helpful by someone on here.

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  • Jimmy vishwasi September 3, 2016, 2:15 AM

    Sir i am suffring from thoughts.
    Devil constantly putting in my mind he whispering constantly you are mad you are mad.
    And i know i am not.
    But this is quite disturbing.
    And i am doing my work but not from thi bottom of my heart.
    I want my first life back.

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    • Jan Smith September 3, 2016, 12:42 PM

      Hi, Jimmy,
      The more you know about what God says about you, the more you will be able to stand against the lies of the devil. The devil wants you to believe that you are a hopeless loser. But we know from the Bible (see John 8:44) that the devil always lies. So when the devil tells you that you are going mad, you can be certain that the opposite is the truth! Because the devil always lies.
      In fact, I have an article entitled “The Devil Always Lies” that I urge you to read. It will show you some truth that you need right now.

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  • cee August 23, 2016, 7:19 PM

    thank you for the article. truely the word of God is sharper than a two edged sword. it slays the devil left right and center. I had sudden attacks in my mind filthy ungodly thoughts I immediately knew this aint me and truely the condemnation after that was not my God coz God convicts us he does not condemn us. so i took steps and researched in getting rid of evil thots and found this article. and this article nailed it to the point. have you noticed devil does not like us reading bible he tries to keep us busy or entertained with tv etc but wen we wanna read bible we get tired or bored. it’s coz there is a strong mystery to this bible. The word is God himself and if you apply God in your life heart mind you practically chase away the devil he Wil truely flee. I was Ill for few months and healing scriptures from tge biblevpulled me through and I was made whole and healed by faith . there truely is power in the word let’s take time to read the word enjoy it engrave it in our heart’s and minds and our lives will never be the same again. and encourage each other as children of God to fight this battle. Fight the good fight of faith.

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    • Jan Smith August 24, 2016, 3:23 PM

      Hi, Cee! I think you’ve got a good grasp of how this works. I agree with everything you said!

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      • Shola September 4, 2016, 3:49 AM

        Wow this is so in depth and helpful I got saved five months ago but I kept having unwanted intrusive thoughts I keep. Getting memories of things ppl have done to hurt me in the past but I’m sure I’ve forgiven and moved on but it’s as if Satan wants me to hold on to. Those things these ppl did I started getting worried cause I’m a child of God I never want to grieve the Holy Spirit or offend God or take his marvellous grace for granted I kept praying but I wasn’t using proper Scriptures I thought the thoughts will just fade away how wrong I am so delighted to come across this article it shed light I belong to God… Every thought will be taken captive by his might through his word God bless you for sharing several Scriptures and confessions we can use. Have a blessed Week ahead.

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        • Jan Smith September 5, 2016, 12:08 PM

          Shola, thanks for writing your comment. This is what really terrifies the devil. Jesus said in Luke 10:16, “He who hears you, hears Me…” So when You (and many others) come and read these things that God has moved me to write, and when you speak God’s Word, the devil thinks it’s Jesus speaking. The devil can’t tell the difference between a Christian speaking Truth or Jesus speaking. The devil is just terrified by the sound of the Words of Jesus. I’m so glad you discovered that today.

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  • rajendra ahirwar August 14, 2016, 5:10 AM

    i m getting bad thoughts against god when i think,see to god……….plzzzz help me

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    • Jan Smith August 15, 2016, 5:13 PM

      Hi, rajendra. The article you presumably read is intended to help you. But it’s up to you to apply the wisdom of God’s Word, as the article describes.
      This isn’t a “quick fix” thing. You have the power to change what you allow into your mind. I urge you to fill your mind with God’s thoughts. That’s what every word in the Bible is, you know. to keep doing it until it becomes natural. Putting God’s thoughts into your mind pushes out the thoughts that the devil has put into your mind.

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  • Jess August 9, 2016, 3:41 PM

    Hello I have been battling the same issue for a year and a half now it is so frustrating I have horrible thoughts about God all the time I’m so scared he is going to be so mad at me cuss words are in my head and I don’t even say things like that I got saved last year and I have been in pure torment . When I first started going through I was in the word and praying every day and it seems as the months go by I have backed away I don’t know what’s going on I can’t pray like I did the thoughts are worse and all I do is cry. I have to small kids and I want to be better for them and my husband. I want to be used by God and do what he wants me to do I just do t hear his voice and I’m so confused I don’t know what else to do.

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    • Jan Smith August 10, 2016, 8:58 PM

      Hey, Jess, I’m glad you wrote. I know exactly how you feel.
      Now think about this: all of those negative thoughts and feelings are experienced in your mind, right? All thoughts and emotions — it’s all going on in your conscious mind. Now the devil would like you to believe that you have absolutely no control over what comes into your mind. What the devil DOES NOT want you to know is that you have available to you total control — provided your are solidly connected to Jesus. Part of the “HOW” of that claim is in the article you have commented on. Look in the “Blog Index” in the main menu to find related articles.

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  • Apapa Taiwo August 8, 2016, 6:05 AM

    I really thank God God for this article. The devil tried to gain way into my heart to deceive me. IT manifested in physical and psychological illness. I was immediately delivered when I used the power of the few verses I remembered. I saw the demon of fear and anxiety took to his heels. Just after reading this wonderful article, I brought out the book of memory verses I prepared four years ago. I didn’t use it but now, I will learn and meditate on it daily by God’s grace. Devil is the greatest liar. There’s no truth in him.

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    • Jan Smith August 9, 2016, 12:09 PM

      Apapa, I’m glad to see you have decided to do some Scripture memory. It’s the most helpful thing any of us can do.

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  • Nads August 3, 2016, 2:53 PM

    Glad I came Across this I’ve been bombarded with some unclean, ungodly thoughts since last Friday it happened so sudden. I feel disgusted by them because that is not me. I feel as if God hated me for these thoughts, my head hurts with these thoughts because I don’t want these thoughts in my mind. God knows I want to be over these thoughts I literally feel sick and unhappy.

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    • Jan Smith August 3, 2016, 6:42 PM

      Nads, your description of of how it made you feel is right out of the devil’s play book: entice humans to sin, then flood their minds with condemnation. But God is good, and He arranged for you to discover the truth and the way out of that kind of activity. Good for you. The angels are rejoicing in heaven right now!

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  • Howard J. Dean ll August 2, 2016, 10:45 AM

    I don’t like to leave public statements that are personal. I am always so happy to see people of science follow God faithfully. My grandfather was a biologist for the State of New York and was the same. I recently lost him at the age of 99. I was named after him. I’m very proud of that. May God Bless you and yours always for doing his work.

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  • Howard J. Dean ll August 2, 2016, 10:37 AM

    As always, I needed this and it came. God has already made many thoughts deplorable that were once a trap for me, relieving my soul tremendously. Today feels like my first day with God again. Thank you for taking the time to participate in our Lord Jesus’ precious name.

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    • Jan Smith August 2, 2016, 11:22 AM

      Hi, Howard.
      Your statement “Today feels like my first day with God again” expresses one of the reasons I write these things. God’s Word is so helpful, and I didn’t know that for most of my own life. I’m so glad to share what God has poured into me.

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  • Kim July 31, 2016, 6:29 AM

    Just wanted to say thank you for writing this post Jan. Thank you for allowing God to use you to get this message out to me and so many in the Body of Christ who are bombarded with negative thoughts and could not see a way out.

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  • Justin July 27, 2016, 6:52 PM

    So say perhaps memorizing and learning a bible verse a day is helping ? Also actually knowing the meaning of the bible verse?

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    • Jan Smith August 1, 2016, 10:29 AM

      Hi, Justin. Yes, you can do it that way (one verse each day). The way I’ve been doing it is to read many verses and even whole chapters and even whole books of the Bible just once each day. It takes time, but the end result is you have much Scripture in your mind, and you would have cultivated a great habit.

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  • Nana Temma July 27, 2016, 3:41 PM

    Am set free,God bless u.I’ve started using the word “for when the sin of God shall set me free then I shall indeed be free”.the spirit of truth has filled up my brain cos Yeshuah Hamashaiach is the TRUTH ” I am the way the TRUTH and light no one comes to the father except through me” . the trinity dwells in my heart and whole being therefore “I am complete in them,they are the head over all principalities and powers. Thanks n God bless you. Greetings from GHANA

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  • Windy July 22, 2016, 12:05 PM

    This is a blessing to me. I have been dealing with this for several months and God is teaching to fully rely on Him and His word. I’ve been doing it in my own strength. It shook my faith but I know now what I have to do. The only deliverance is faith and fully relying on Him. I was even scared to read my bible, I was distracted from reading it, and dealt with fear. Trusting God through this process!!

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    • Jan Smith August 1, 2016, 10:06 AM

      Hi, Windy,
      Now I hope you can see how the devil was blocking the Truth of God’s Word from you. When you said you were “scared” and “distracted” and were “dealing with fear”, those are all schemes the devil uses to keep you out of the Bible. I’m so goad for you that you broke free from that and now you can see God’s hand at work in your life.

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    • Bold4yah August 1, 2016, 12:32 PM

      saints cover me in prayer as the enemy everyday tries to speak into my ear the blasphemies against yeshua and his holy spirit. ive been going through this off and on the past five years. sometimes its even difficult to sleep

      thanks

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  • Isaac July 19, 2016, 11:59 AM

    Thank you so much I am going to start to memorize those scriptures you said to try and memorize thank you I was in alot of need of help because I started getting scared alot and then this page told me that the devil is only making me scared having anxiety etc. And with the power of God we can overcome those fears and make the devil flee I just can’t thank you enough truly God bless you

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  • Mary May 16, 2016, 12:15 PM

    Hi, I needed encouragement and guidance, so I typed in a few words in the search engine. I’m so happy that your page came up. It was so encouraging, and my soul has been blessed!

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  • Tijo May 15, 2016, 1:02 PM

    Thank you Jan for such a wonderful article.
    It really encouraged me to apply the power of god when the devil overpowers me with unwanted thoughts.
    i know really know which verse to use when lustful thoughts hit me.Please keep posting such wonderful articles to encourage and help others in the way of god.
    God bless you and your family always.Please do remember me in your prayers.

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  • TJ May 13, 2016, 6:40 AM

    great timing. Was in a moment of crisis and found this blog. Thank you and God bless you and your work.

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  • Louise May 9, 2016, 8:45 AM

    ALWAYS SO ENCOURAGING JAN, TYPED SOMETHING IN THE SEARCH ENGINE AND GOT LEAD TO YOUR BLOG, KEEP WRITING IT’S GREAT REVELATION. THANK YOU
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  • Sandy May 6, 2016, 8:16 PM

    Such a wonderful and much needed topic to study. You have done an excellent job here and got me back on track with with the TRUTHS OF SPIRITUL WARFARE. Thank you so much. This has been a much needed blessing for me and I am sure for many others. God bless you and your family in mighty ways brother, as I know He will.

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  • WilliamGolo May 6, 2016, 2:58 PM

    Appreciate you sharing, great forum topic.Thanks Again. Want more.

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    • Jan Smith May 6, 2016, 3:08 PM

      Thanks, William, I’m glad you found the article useful. As for your “Want more” statement, use the “Blog Index” link in the menu to see topics and all related articles. Lots more reading available. – Jan

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      • Anon May 6, 2016, 6:47 PM

        I see my post was never Approved or Replied too

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  • Anonymous May 6, 2016, 6:59 AM

    I have had a sudden intrusive thought that’s really troubling me, i have never been through this but suddenly i had a thought/dream that i grabbed my son by the neck when i was angry. I’m an easy going mom and dont’ get angry often, however going through alot of maritial stress…it’s been boggling my mind and that thought doesn’t leave my mind as i know it’s not me at all, my kids are my angel blessings so i’m been asking God to please clear my thoughts, help me to release this awful thought from Satan……

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    • Jan Smith July 18, 2016, 6:14 PM

      You are quite right. Those thoughts are not God-honoring thoughts. They are from the devil.

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  • I hate life April 28, 2016, 10:00 PM

    Lately I’ve been tormented. I can’t even read the Bible anymore I just can’t. I’m Being tormented of Seeing Visions of two men Kissing when I read about Jonathan and David. I also keep seeing images of Jesus giving me the middle finger or shooting me. I mainly get Tormented at night. I just feel like I’m lost. First it was against the Holy Spirit Now it’s gotten worse. If I had a Revolver I would Kill myself just to be free

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    • Jan Smith July 18, 2016, 6:33 PM

      But then, you would be in even worse torment.

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    • skyler July 25, 2016, 3:05 PM

      Please if you need help with these thoughts contact me, I have been through this storm many times. puma_eclipse@yahoo.com

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  • Stacie April 27, 2016, 2:34 AM

    Also wanted to add that I have been going through this for a while knowing what was going on but falling for them every time. The strongholds that are built in my mind are horrible and things I wouldn’t think and when I try to think on things that were good (Philippians 4:8) so much confusion would stir up and I know God is not the author of confusion. I absolutely hate these over whelming feelings and over whelming thoughts to the point to where I try and go forward the farther I get behind.like I go in reverse. Every time I have went through is when something bad has happened in my life. I never knew what it was to leant to God’s thoughts until I read it’s his word. That makes so much sense to me now.

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  • Stacie April 27, 2016, 2:21 AM

    I love the writing and the simplicity of it. The devil or demons want you to think it’s so hard and it all has to be done at once. The thing is as well they are strong holds that’s why it takes time and is not over night a strong hold is something with a grip and you have to keep using God’s word and the grip becomes less and less to where eventually the grip (stronghold) has to break! Who ever wrote this I thank you! You broke it down so simple and backed every bit of it up with God’s word! Standing on faith may be hard when the mountain seems so far away it’s actually closer than you think. Thank you and God bless!

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    • Jan Smith April 27, 2016, 6:01 PM

      Now you’re on it, Stacie! Hell is trembling and the demons are terrified because another believer knows the truth!

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  • Leo Rina April 26, 2016, 12:43 PM

    This article really teaches the importance of knowing the verses of the Bible by heart and it inspires me to learn them everyday

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  • ndl April 25, 2016, 1:18 PM

    I have been having an emotional affair with someone who lives across the country. We send e-mails, videos and pictures. We have tried several times to “just be friends” but it always leads to inappropriate kind of talk. A few months ago My husband found out and I told him we quit talking but we just found another way to communicate. Right now he is on a trip for work and I almost had plans to meet him. He is someone I had an affair with in person over 10 years ago and we reconnected through e-mail. This past week this other person told me he didn’t want to communicate with me anymore because he wants to do what God wants him to do which I have been having the same thoughts. I have been thinking of ways to end it for weeks but it was just too hard. I am too weak. So now that it is ended I feel miserable. I have very strong urges to contact him. I feel like I miss him so much but it’s got to be the devil tricking me right? My body physically hurts because I can’t be with him. This is how I think I feel. It feels real. I know it is not in God’s plan for us to be together. God wants our marriages to work. The thought of not ever being able to communicate with this other person is torcher. I need to completely get my mind off of this other person and focus on my husband and children. It is to the point where I am a terrible wife, mother, worker, everything. I was/am consumed by thoughts of this other person. I am really struggling with my thoughts. I talked with him by e-mail every day for the last 2 years. Sometimes all day while I was at work. I do feel like a part of me is missing but I know that’s got to be the devil. Please pray for me that God will free my mind and heart of this other person. I definitely can’t do it without God. I wrote down some of the verses so I can look at them when I feel consumed by this. I know God will help me on his time.

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    • Jan Smith April 27, 2016, 5:50 PM

      You have stated the problem, and you know what the right thing to do is. But you can’t do it on your own strength. I urge you to keep your focus on God and on His Word. There is power in speaking His Word. Declare the Truth over yourself regularly. Here are verses that I pray over myself daily:

      I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2:20)

      10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. (Ephesians 6:10-11)

      In fact you ought to memorize that whole passage: Ephesians 6:10-18

      And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. (Galatians 5:24)

      No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. (1 Corinthians 10:13)

      Write these out on cards and pray them over yourself regularly. Declare that these words describe you. Say our loud, “That’s me in that verse. That’s how I live. and Lord, if I’m not there yet, help me to get there”.

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      • Reinhard May 6, 2016, 7:36 AM

        just by reading this article……….my day has been blessed iam now filled with alot of joy and hope in knowing that i can defeat the devil by simply just reciting the word of my father…….i dont need any weapon that a canal man uses but rather being one in spirit with Jesus christ means my heavenly father’s word is more powerful than anything man can throw against me…….A very beautiful article indeed Jan……..Iam trully blessed to have come across this article indeed God told me to come read it….Thank you very for the article

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  • Lionel April 24, 2016, 11:42 AM

    I have been beside myself looking for a way to stop my bouts with lustful thinking, and here it is!!! God bless you for providing me with the answer.

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    • Jan Smith April 27, 2016, 5:55 PM

      Lionel, thanks for writing. It’s such an encouragement to me to see that people are benefiting from these things. It ain’t me, you know. I am “the glove” and He is “the hand” in the glove. It’s Him Word that does it.

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  • Leticia April 16, 2016, 12:46 AM

    Am Leticia a young beliver, the devil is trying to put my mind captive thanks for those words am gonna use them

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  • nl April 3, 2016, 12:32 PM

    god bless you !
    Exact problem that you described : Try harder…Get it right…Do it better…Be perfect…FAIL!!! Start over.

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  • anonymous April 3, 2016, 12:29 PM

    it really helped me a lot !

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  • Daryl Drennan March 21, 2016, 6:14 AM

    Thank you for obeying God and putting this truth on here about God freeing my mind of unwanted thoughts. I’ve been working with God and He has freed me, bless Almighty God our Father who has power over everybody and everything and who can do all things, Glory to God!.

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  • Shelly March 12, 2016, 8:08 AM

    I cannot express to you how much this post affected me. I was abused as a child by family members, physically, emotionally, and sexually; Now that I am all grown up and have 3 kids of my own, I always swore I would NEVER harm them; however, the past year or so, awful, terrible thoughts began infiltrating my mind from out of nowhere, i.e, “You’re going to end up EXACTLY like those people! You’re going to harm your children! You may as well just give them up for adoption, it’s only a matter of time…” I always would feel horrified, terrified! At first, I tried to brush it off (“Oh don’t be silly! You’ve never even felt the URGE to hurt your children! Just forget about it.”), but as they persisted despite my best efforts, I started getting anxious, nervous. It soon devolved into anger at myself (“Why can’t I brush these off? What do all these thoughts say about ME? Am I really just that awful??”). It was a nightmare. I tried conventional psychiatry, which had absolutely nothing useful to offer me: I was told that “everyone has thoughts like those, just sit around thinking about them over and over and over until your brain gets bored and moves on!”… three guesses how well THAT worked out. The only other option was to just sit down and write down the thought and break it apart and analyze it ad nauseum, which didn’t help at all because I was ALREADY analyzing the daylights out of it! I felt so defeated when I first found this website and this post. Reading it, I felt something “click”. It made absolute sense, even though I had little idea why. I remembered something I was told months ago: Satan HATES families, he HATES strong families with a passion, and he HATES strong homeschooling families so much he will do WHATEVER IT TAKES to destroy them… he’s been toying with me, trying his absolute best to destroy my mind and thus, destroy my family. He wants me to give up and give in to him. He wants God to lose, and he will do his worst. He knows I am an analytical person, so… this is where he has tried hitting me the hardest. I have started to apply these principles that you have outlined here. It has been a few weeks, and as you stated, it doesn’t happen overnight and sometimes I find myself starting to “slip back” into anxiety; but now I am able to quickly catch it and ask God to bring it back on course. I don’t know when the last time was that I’ve had SEVERAL DAYS pass where not ONCE did I have these worrisome thoughts. I have so much hope for the future. It is so incredibly freeing. Praise be to God, that He saw fit to channel this wisdom through you for all to see and learn. It is much needed in our anxiety-inducing culture today.

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    • Jan Smith March 13, 2016, 6:18 PM

      Hi, Shelly, your words brought tears to my eyes when I read them. YOU (and of course, many others) are the person I’m thinking of when I sit at my computer and write these things down. Your words show how God works: He allows you to muddle along for a while, bumping into all kinds of obstacles while getting totally frustrated and discouraged. (And we know where all that frustration and discouragement comes from, right?)
      I hope that others who read your comment will at some level connect with you and “feel your pain” as they say, as you searched for a way out of what seemed like a hopeless maze of grief and despair. That’s what the devil wants all of us to be in.
      But I am so proud of you for your decision to actually try the using the Word of God as a defense against the devil. Now you described how you sort of have to push yourself a bit at first. It’s a discipline at that point, like going to the gym for a workout. But keep on, and here’s what will happen: after about a month (more or less, depending on the individual), you will begin to see your daily time with your verses as a desire! You will look forward to it. Keep going, and in a few more weeks, you’ll see it as a delight! You won’t be able to get enough. I’s like an addiction, but a good one!
      To read more details and encouragement about what I just said, read my article, Memorizing Scripture Takes Perseverance! Hang In There And Here’s What Will Happen:

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  • BeverlyScott March 9, 2016, 4:42 AM

    I am really spiritually sick in the mind and I really need help to remove the devil out of my mind , so that I can have a sound mind and thoughts of Christ. I really need that right now.

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    • Jan Smith March 9, 2016, 11:15 AM

      Beverly, you can have it! Just begin filling your mind with the Word of God. Every verse is a thought formed in the Mind of God in eternity past, then put into the mind of a human writer of the various books of the Bible. God’s Word is devil repellent. Just as cockroaches run when a light is turned on, demons run when the Word of God is spoken. Read Matthew 4:1-11, where Jesus says to Satan over and over, “It is written…” followed by a truth from the Word of God. Jesus said over and over things like, “Peace be with you… let not your hearts be troubled.” Jesus meant for you to have peace. In John 16:33 He said, “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

      • In Him: peace
      • In the world: tribulation

      It’s up to you to choose! You can have that.
      The way I do it is to deliberately saturate my mind with the Word of God on a daily basis.

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    • Anthony April 11, 2016, 1:21 PM

      I suggest start by listening to klove or some other christian radio stations they’re a great way to pass time! Get into the word daily… like every chance you get! Next find a church near or far that does deliverance and healing ministries… I met a friend who took me to her church about 40 miles away from where I live and I’ve been going for about 4 months now and it’s really making the difference! Seek the fire of G-D there is no point to which you can come back to HIM from but realize how much HE hates sin and evil! Demons can’t flee from you if your heart isn’t made new and you’re still stuck in the same sin and things you were before. Realize they will do as much as they can to whisper words to your heart but G-D is pure love and he would never condemn you or give you vile or unclean thoughts it maybe your own mind from living such a way for so long but the enemy is constantly terrorizing us with such thoughts as well. Seek Jesus everyday every second and PRAY PRAY PRAY!

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    • Tricia September 9, 2016, 8:56 PM

      Yes, this is me too. Spiritually sick in my mind. I was constantly attacked by jealousy and envy, bitterness and resentment. I didn’t know this was the devil. I had received the holy spirit too, yrs ago but I didn’t know how to use the word of God to fight. I have allowed the devil to consume me with bitterness. It has eaten me up till I am sick. So sick. I just gave up and now I want innter soul peace and healing. So in the flesh and the world. But I am in so much trouble. I just stopped doing everything for myself. I got depressed and didn’t know how to fight. I just stopped God and everything and never started. I didn’t know what was going on. Now I want and NEED help that the doctors can’t help me with so it is like I am trying to MAKEUP because I was so weak and stupid. JUST IGNORANT about spiritual warfare. But I realize I don’t love and my whole body is like dying and everyone around me is clueless. But it is flesh and satan attacked me because I fell and went and did things and went places I shouldn’t have been but I feel satan took advantage of me because of my attitude towards God and my life was so ugly. Yes, now I want to be restored and healed from EVIL and I hate satan and what I have allowed to transpire in my life and feel my soul is so mottled. Please help me too if possible. I need the holy spirit and I do want to see God.

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  • Rachel March 6, 2016, 2:02 PM

    THANK YOU….Satan brings up thoughts I would never think of and try to convince me that it was myself that thought it. I am so weary but will try memorizing the verses above. God bless you

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    • Jan Smith March 7, 2016, 9:52 AM

      Hi, Rachel,
      As I read your comment, what came to my mind was something Jesus said about the devil in the Gospel of John: “…He [the devil] was a murderer from the beginning, and has nothing to do with the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks according to his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies (John 6:44)
      When you realized that you were thinking thoughts that were not consistent with your own Christian walk, you were correct in identifying those thoughts as being from the devil. Good for you!

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  • Cameron K.I February 28, 2016, 2:02 PM

    This has been really fulfilling to me – I found a lot of insights and knowledge that can really help me. Thank you Mr. Jan, I appreciate this. I’m only 14 ;-; and these words really revitalized my mentality. Satan has been a butt to me recently because I have been refraining from the sinful activities some of the people in my school (10 grade) participate in. I truly want to have a good relationship with God, and this website has been something I know I will use and read over and over again. Thanks!!

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    • Jan Smith March 8, 2016, 10:14 AM

      Hi, Cameron,
      Now be sure to read your Bible every day and spend a little time putting a few verses into your memory. Doing those things will help you very much.

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  • Miranda February 21, 2016, 9:36 PM

    Best educational article that I’ve read. It really helped me in some areas of my life that needed to pay attention. Thank you nd Godbless bless!

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  • Kathy January 25, 2016, 7:46 AM

    hello my name is Kathy I have been quoting the Scriptures and getting a lot of the three I was tormented for a week with past memories it was awful but I have been taking authority over the forces of darknessI have neuropathy and arthritis and sciatica order my legs.by the blood of Jesus Christ who lives in me I was totally healed also my son has been reading the Bible and praying everyday after many yearsof being backslidden I believe and I know for a fact Satan is angry very angry in fact furious so he is attacking my mind but I have the victory in Christ thank you so muchfor putting this online god bless you I really needed it

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    • Jan Smith January 29, 2016, 3:06 PM

      Thanks for sharing your story, Amanda. Satan is indeed angry, but all he can do to us is scream threats from inside the cage he’s in. Continue to be aware of him, but do not fear him because God is protecting you and will continue to do so.

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  • John January 24, 2016, 9:06 PM

    I choose to live. I choose to submit to God. Thank you

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  • stacey January 16, 2016, 5:22 PM

    Love your reading material..it has really b leased my spirit. Thank you.

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  • Martine January 8, 2016, 11:12 PM

    I thank God to finally find a solution and the permanent one. I thank you too. God bless you.

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  • Katie Green January 3, 2016, 10:53 AM

    I can’t thank you enough for this post! I have felt so condemned for the last 6 years, when all the torment in my mind started. It’s a long story, but I’m 99% sure the horrific thought that came into my mind was from the devil, and I completely freaked out by acting like it was my own. Ever since, I have struggled with feeling like a horrible person, even though I know I’m in Christ. The world wants to always label these issues as mental illness, like “OCD”, which sounds like it’s caused by gut issues anyway, but it’s so cruel to tell a person they can’t help unwanted thoughts. I choose to believe I can. I believe it’s the enemy who wants people to think this issue is mental illness, so people are trapped in their own horrible prison of unwanted thoughts. God bless you!

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  • Candace wagner December 25, 2015, 2:23 AM

    Great information to know ..it helped out so much

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  • Michael December 20, 2015, 1:30 PM

    Thanks

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  • Catherine November 13, 2015, 6:21 PM

    Wow ! I love my church but I am at a loss to know why they said this is what you must do but no one ever explained how to do it. I feel like the bindings are starting to loosen. Now the work begins and for the first time in a very long, long time, I feel some Joy and Hope. This time though they are real and I feel will stay with me. I can’t thank you enough for this TRUTH from your entire site ! God Bless You Always ! P.S. Do you take donations via mail at the New Brighton address? Thank you

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    • Jan Smith November 13, 2015, 7:27 PM

      Hi, Catherine,
      I’v become aware over time that churches give people lots of “what” but not much “how”. Anyway, God poured all of this into me over a long period of time. Many hard times when I lost all but house and (old) car. Now it’s my privilege to pour it out to others. I can’t “NOT do it”! I just gotta help. That’s what we’re here for, right?

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  • tina October 29, 2015, 3:23 PM

    I have been dealing with negative thoughts all my life ….god is at work in me….he is amazing lately he’s been showing me that I can’t do it on my own to surrender to him …but after awhile I get inpatient and try to o fix it with my own thinking and he always brings me back to trusting him with all my heart ….i didn’t realize what I was doing was trying to get rid of thoughts with more thoughts….but god is great and brought it to light ….I know now it’s not me making them go away by my thinking but it’s God’s word cuz his word has power cuz he is strength…And Satan’s lies are lies and can’t do nothing against God’s word which is truth……so now I will look to the truth God’s word and use it ….it’s amazing how god teaches us and changes us when we look to him…Satan is really annoying but he isn’t my final my final is god…he is my victory ….praise god

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  • Jasmine October 29, 2015, 10:25 AM

    I just wanted to say thank you, I have taken these verses to heart. Today is a new beginning in learning how to try and read verses. I came across this site from a dream I had last night which I could not fully understand. I think it was another evil entity trying to attach to me since I naturally astral project and have been dealing with these things for years.
    I woke up to a very loud and painful sound the closest thing I can sounded it out to was of that of a rattle snake sound, I opened my eyes to some dark cloud type shadow on my chest, trying to suck the life out of me; as I could feel it doing so. Or it seemed I’m very positive of what I felt. I tried to get it off me but it paralyzed me. I could barely move my hands. I did not fear it as I’m used to these entities. However my mind kept saying the words “Alchemy” a word I have never heard in my life.
    I started meditating and praying on a daily basis and nothing angers me at this point anymore. Each time I meditate and I drift off or dream I cleanse myself with Archangel Michael. I do understand the attacks will probably get worse than lessen due to the fact that I’m getting more and more connected to god. I was a troubled person all my life and know that I’m in my mid 30’s things are shifting. I also found out that I possess a Master number 11 which is why I understand now why my life has been so hard just wanted to share this if someone shares the same reoccurring incidents.
    “God is more powerful than what people think” after so long the only person that brings me peace is god.

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  • Battle Glory 2 Hack October 23, 2015, 4:28 AM

    Greetings from Idaho! I’m bored to tears at work so I decided to
    check out your website on my iphone during lunch break.
    I enjoy the knowledge you provide here and
    can’t wait to take a look when I get home. I’m amazed
    at how quick your blog loaded on my cell phone .. I’m not
    even using WIFI, just 3G .. Anyways, good blog!

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    • Jan Smith October 25, 2015, 7:05 PM

      Greetings back to you from Minnesota!
      I’m glad you looked at my site on your lunch break and not during work time. And of course I’m glad you found my writing to be helpful.
      The loading speed probably varies depending on how much traffic there in the internet. Thanks for visiting Word Blessings.

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  • lili October 11, 2015, 1:49 PM

    Thank you so much for your wonderful solution. I had this really bad case of Satan’s name popping up in my thought repeatedly. Ironically it all began when I read Pope Francis’s homily about knowing where our thoughts come from (God or Satan). It was so annoying and unstoppable that it almost popped up in my head in church. I tried very hard to stop his name from letting me betray Jesus and I prayed for the Lord’s forgiveness and help. And so I thank you deeply and God from the very bottom of my heart. All the best and may God bless you!!??

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    • Jan Smith October 16, 2015, 4:25 PM

      As you probably know by now, Lilli, if you just keep trying very hard, it works for a little while. But by your own strength, you can’t keep trying hard enough for very long. So that’s why we all need to partner with God. He does the “heavy lifting” for us.
      It’s like when you drive your car. If you just keep on saying, “There’s lots curves in the road ahead, and I sure hope this car can turn the corners in time to avoid a crash.” The car won’t turn by itself, but once you act by turning the steering wheel, the mechanism know as “power steering” does the work of turning the wheels. And you drive safely along the road.

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    • Jan Smith October 27, 2015, 12:05 PM

      Jill, if you would put some of God’s Word into your mind, then you would be able to use the power of God’s Word to combat those thoughts.

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  • Amazinggg October 1, 2015, 11:31 AM

    Truly and honestly changed me!!! I dealth with serious unwanted shamefull thoughts when praying to god , and it made me depressed and it kinda drove me away from god for a while. But I didn’t give up and hence I found your life changing article. For me the key is really to surrender to God . Once committing yourself spiritually, and fully trust in God no matter what, you start to feel the change…..Thank you so much for your work!!! You are an amazing person for doing so and helping people to get to the right way (consider me one of them)!!!! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU 🙂

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    • Jan Smith October 4, 2015, 3:21 PM

      You’re most welcome! Understand, though, it’s not me; it’s Him. I’m just the guy sitting at the computer wishing to be obedient and pour out to others what He has poured into me.

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  • Benjamin Binnah September 6, 2015, 10:33 PM

    Thanks soo much for such a life transforming article. You were really inspired by the Holy Spirit to write such an article and may the spirit of the living God continue to guide and encourage you to do more.Am really grateful and would love to support the good work you are doing for christ.

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    • Jan Smith September 10, 2015, 10:37 AM

      Thank you SO MUCH for those kind words, Ben. It so strengthens my courage and my determination when I see how God us using this blog to help others.

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  • Courtney July 17, 2015, 8:29 PM

    I have been dealing with unwanted thoughts in my head for the past week saying that God and Jesus isn’t real. I know these thoughts are from Satan and everytime I try to fight back the unwanted thoughts its like Satan pushes back twice as hard. Everytime I get those bad thoughts in my head it causes a great stabbing pain in my heart. I’ve ask Jesus to forgive me because I thought he was mad at me and even cryed out to him for help. I just felt desperate! I didn’t want to turn my back on Christ because I have just asked him into my life a couple of months ago. I haven’t been baptized yet but I plan on doing so as soon as possible so I can be a true follower of Christ because I saved from my sinfull life by the grace of GOD! I then thought about Job and the trials he went through in his life when he lost everything but was still faithful to GOD. So this is just a trial in my life that is testing my faith in GOD and I plan on winning that battle with the power of his word! GOD bless you Jan! Your article on how to defeat the Devil helped me out a lot!

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    • Jan Smith July 21, 2015, 10:41 AM

      Ahhh Courtney! What a great testimony! I can tell that you see how it works. You have been doing what Paul urged when he wrote in Ephesians 6:17 about “…the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God”. And now others who read your comment will be encouraged and blessed and realize that God will really help you. It’s like Satan is scurrying around on the sea of life in a little paddle boat, screaming his lies … but you are commanding the Battleship Missouri

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  • Jaly July 15, 2015, 2:41 AM

    Jan, I feel such hope reading this. I have struggled with unwanted thoughts since childhood and have experienced disappointment and fear at times that I possibly wasn’t saved, because I was able to have such thoughts. I really love God and confess Jesus is Lord. I hate that I could have such thoughts. I ask that you would pray for me as well in this mind battle, that I submit it to Him in the way He calls. In the past I’ve tried to “give”various struggles over to Him but it didn’t seem that I really did, even though I thought by saying it I was. Thank you so much for your brotherly love to help us other struggling sheep out there and encourage us to keep running the race.

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    • Jan Smith July 15, 2015, 7:54 AM

      Hi, Jaly. Thanks for your kind words. I did pray for you this morning. I don’t know if this will encourage you, but I struggle with this like everyone else. I was attacked even this morning. Not hard to imagine; the devil hates me because I’m writing all these things that unmask him as the bully that he is. I followed my own advice (which is really applying the power of the Word of God against the devil) and he gave up — for now. but it’s so good to read messages like yours that let me know I’m making a difference in the lives of others.

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  • zama June 27, 2015, 1:23 AM

    i tnk god 2 direct me in dis article,i lyk ur words ..keep it up…god bless u…….i hv thoughts dat cumz in my mind and i dnt knw whr it cumz frm…

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    • Jan Smith July 4, 2015, 4:40 PM

      Hi Zama. I see you were reading my article about unwanted thoughts. I hope you will do what it says. It’s God’s power at work in you. Without Him you can’t do it on your own.

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  • Frances Sarto June 7, 2015, 3:07 PM

    I really appreciate your program. I am 75 years old and I have been having these unwanted thoughts since I was 5 years old. I have been in Church all my life and I gave my heart to the Lord years ago. I am going to try what you suggested in this program. God Bless you.

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    • Jan Smith July 4, 2015, 4:46 PM

      Frances, I want you to know that I’m 72, so I can relate to you. All that stuff never goes away — unless you use the power of God’s Word to help. It really works.

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  • Monday June 4, 2015, 3:57 AM

    Thanks so much for your time gesture. What don’t mean to having a dream share a drink into three parts on a flat plate, and one part for me the second for my love who i want to marry and the last which the third i don’t know who have that.

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  • Kayona Louis March 30, 2015, 6:21 PM

    Hello Jan, this article was a blessing tonne. I feel as if this article really will help me. I plan to do exactly want it says to do. You know a lot about the Word of God. You just gave me the motivation I need to continue on trusting and believing and having faith.

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    • Jan Smith April 3, 2015, 2:22 PM

      Kayone, Thanks for writing. You are a blessing back to me. My hope for you is that you will stick to your plan to “do what it says to do.” You can can never go wrong by trusting and believing in God.

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  • Connie March 20, 2015, 7:41 PM

    Thank-you this is helping me

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    • Jan Smith March 20, 2015, 9:13 PM

      Connie, it thrills my heart to be able to help others in this way. I hope this article and others will all you to be free from tormenting thoughts. The devil is powerful, but God’s Word is infinitely stronger!

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  • Sarah February 15, 2015, 8:27 PM

    Thanks so much Jan smith, I’ve recently realized I’m at spiritual warfare. I’ve always have had a hard time getting these evil thoughts out of my head, and now I will look to these scriptures when ever I am scared. I’ve wrote them down on notecards ( and St. Michael prayers) and will keep these with me at all times. I’m still pretty young, in high school, but I’ll be able to slip them into my vision, if needed.

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    • Jan Smith February 17, 2015, 9:23 AM

      Hi, Sarah,
      How wonderful it is to read your comment and see how you are responding to God’w Word. I’m impressed that you took action by writing the verses on cards so you can peek at them when you need them.
      I would urge you to spend time committing those verses to memory. It’s not hard to do, especially at your age. If I can memorize Scripture at age 72, you can to it too. Someone could take away your cards, but once you have them in your mind, they can’t take them away from you.

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  • chakras February 14, 2015, 6:32 AM

    Essayez la méditation de la leçon 6 qui vous permettra
    entre-autres de libérer le canal d’énergie droit.

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    • Jan Smith February 25, 2015, 9:52 AM

      Google translates the comment to English like this:

      Try meditation lesson 6 that will allow
      among others the right to free energy channel.

      I’m not sure what the writer is trying to say, but I will leave the comment in hope that someone will be blessed by it.
      ~ Jan

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  • Cesar January 16, 2015, 4:31 PM

    Jan Smith Thank you it’s a very powerful message all the Glory to the one & only savior Jesus Christ.have to be honest with you the tormenting thoughts creep up in my mind every single day,they won’t leave me alone Thank you for letting everyone know what to do in these rough times.The lord is with us and we have to learn to follow his word cause hi’s word is truth,and we must learn scripture i will study scripture.God is the only way I truly hope everybody comes to Christ he’s the only way Thank you and God Bless!!!!

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    • Jan Smith February 12, 2015, 10:58 AM

      Cesar, I think you just wrote a summary of the things I’m trying to say on Word Blessings! Regarding your statement about the tormenting thoughts, you just wrote a good lesson on what to do. So now, as you do what you know to do, you will see God move toward you and shield you from all that. His Holy Spirit will be the gatekeeper of your mind. This really happens!
      Blessings back to you! ~ Jan

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  • henry December 14, 2014, 10:17 AM

    i hv been struggling with porn and stealing, i wish i could make it stop, believe me i have tried

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  • Delilah November 30, 2014, 6:39 AM

    Hi! The struggles with my thoughs are thoughs of my husband (ex-husband but standing for marriage restoration) with his new girlfriend. He divorced me for her the divorce was final on Oct 31st and already he has met the parents of the OW. I am being tormented with thoughs of them and what they are doing while I am seating at home suffering. Just came back from a great church service and decided to goggle tormenting thoughts and your site came up. Thank you for putting this together. I will apply these principles.

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    • Jan Smith December 1, 2014, 9:19 PM

      Delilah, this is gonna seem weird, but the truth is, the best thing you can do is forgive them. I know, that sounds impossible. But start saying, “Lord, I forgive and . I release them to the court of Heaven. I know there cannot be two judges on a case, and You, Lord, are the best judge. I release all my anger, anguish, fears, and all emotions to You. Thank You for Your goodness. Thank You for being with me as I go through this.”
      Delilah, you have to make yourself say things like that. When you do, Jesus will take your burden. He will! ~ Jan

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  • Bonita November 12, 2014, 2:18 AM

    Hello, this weekend is pleasant in support of me, as this occasion i am reading this wonderful educational post here at my house.

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    • Jan Smith September 8, 2014, 6:27 PM

      I’m glad you like what I’ve done here. Thank you!

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  • Stephanie Goodman August 13, 2014, 3:06 AM

    I like it how you respond to all of your comments! Hoping to stop by again sometime and leave more feedback… once I know what to say.

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    • Jan Smith August 14, 2014, 8:57 PM

      Hi, Stephanie,
      I like to think of it as a conversation with like-minded friends. ~ Jan

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  • Aurora June 18, 2014, 3:15 PM

    This really helped me! I have been having some unwanted thoughts and they give me anxiety.I pray to God every chance I get that he will take these thoughts away from me and free me from the devils schemes. I ask that you all pray for me and I will do the same

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    • Jan Smith June 19, 2014, 6:10 PM

      Aurora, I’m really glad to see that God’s Word has helped you. That’s why He gave it to us, right? ~ Jan

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  • ebony May 18, 2014, 3:07 PM

    I am overwhelmed with these horrible sexual unwanted thoughts. My counselor told me that these thought have nothing to do with god and that medication and meditation can help the problem. I was pretty confused becuz I grew up a Christian and god can help u threw anything. So her little 2 cents actually shocked me becuz I’m thinking wow she’s a counselor I’m sure she believes in god. But it steered me the other direction. But ur post is very interesting and I’m willing to give myself to god because I see Satan is really trying to take over me and I dislike it to the upmost. I thank god for helping me find your post and I will read this post to my family as well. Thanks again.

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    • Jan Smith May 18, 2014, 5:28 PM

      Hello, Ebony,
      It’s no “accident” at all that you found my article on getting unwanted thoughts. I’ve asked God to direct people to these posts. He knows who needs to read them.
      Your counselor is obviously not a Christian. Counselors do the best they can with what they have, but it’s no surprise to me that they would say it has nothing to do with God. I don’t know the person’s heart (God does, of course), but some of them are hoping to keep you coming back regularly for years.
      God’s wisdom is free! It’s in your Bible, and it works. You know why? Because He is behind it. The minute you turn to Him and begin speaking His Word, the devil runs just as cockroaches do when you turn on the light. Demons are bullies, and they love to pick on people who don’t know what’s really going on.
      If you want to read mo own rather dramatic story of how speaking God’s Word as the devil was trying to inflict a panic attack on me, read my article, The Night I Stood Up To The Devil.
      God’s Word has power built into it. This isn’t like in the movies where they do it with special effects. God is the real deal.
      Open your Bible and read Philippians 4: 4-7. Paul talks about rejoicing always and being anxious for nothing. You can have that! I have it, and you can too!
      But you have a part in the process. Your part is to put even a little bit of God’s Word into your mind, then into your heart. Read more of my posts here. Go to the Blog index and do some homework. These things will help you, because every article is based solidly on the Word of God.
      ~ Jan

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  • Louise May 12, 2014, 8:29 AM

    Your blog is absolutely amazing!!!!
    Praise God.
    Thank you so much,
    It has brought me such revelation!!!
    🙂

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    • Louise May 12, 2014, 8:32 AM

      Your blog is absolutely amazing!!!!
      Praise God.
      Thank you so much,
      It has brought me such revelation!!!
      🙂

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    • Jan Smith May 12, 2014, 11:28 AM

      Thanks for kind words, Louise.

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  • Jack April 18, 2014, 1:55 PM

    Thanks for a great post! God bless you! and you are doing a great work for the fellow christians to help them oversome these sort of problems living in this sinful world.

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    • Jan Smith April 18, 2014, 2:47 PM

      Jack, thanks for taking time to write a comment. I’m encouraged to keep on writing, knowing that it’s helping others. ~ Jan

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  • sarah April 9, 2014, 6:30 PM

    I know God directed me here to this site…I believe he has been with me alot lately..and I truly believe that God works in ways that may not always make sense and that he has the power to help us through anything!! And that you have opened my eyes with your words…and I wanted to say thanks for helping me see that there is a end to the evil around me and that I have never been closer to having peace in my life again…thankful I found your kind words..God bless us all!!!

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    • Jan Smith April 9, 2014, 9:36 PM

      Thanks for your heart-felt words, Sarah. It encourages me to read comments that show that people are connecting with God and tapping into His awesome power, and that somehow something I wrote is a part of that. That’s why I’m doing it. I can’t NOT write and share the hard-won wisdom God has given to me. Actually, I believe that’s why He give it to me: so I could give it out to others. ~ Jan

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  • alan west April 6, 2014, 2:01 AM

    Hi Jan I am thankful to you to have been inspired by God to write this .I shall use it and go through the scriptures you have listed ,I am sure its going to help mightily in my walk with God.
    Love in Christ,
    Alan West

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    • Jan Smith April 6, 2014, 2:37 PM

      Alan, thanks for your kind words. It’s encouraging to me to see that people are actually reading these things I write, and find them helpful.
      ~ Jan

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  • theresa February 27, 2014, 10:35 AM

    thank you… I thank God for directing me t
    here also. I been looking for explanations
    and. thought I was going nuts.. I will do as it
    says inthe word.. I BELIEVE AND I WILL RECEIVE.
    GOD BLESS YOU.

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  • Marily March 23, 2013, 10:43 AM

    I believe with my whole heart that God has directed me to this post. God bless you, I’m so exited!

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