What do you obsess over? Do you obsess over your family, your children, your relationship with others? Or maybe you obsess over your job, money, material things. If so, examine yourself to see what you have been obsessing about.
Every day unwanted thoughts enter our minds. Our minds are vulnerable to negative thoughts, causing us doubt, worry, anxiety—and frequently, it’s the same negative thoughts that return over and over that we obsess over.
Obsess is the state of being obsessed with someone or something. To allow someone or something to excessively preoccupy your mind. If you’re like most people, you’ve had the experience of obsessing over something stressful that happened in your day. Or perhaps, you’ve allowed negative thoughts to dominate your thinking, replaying it in your mind over and over becoming a stronghold that keeps you from experiencing the fullness of what Christ paid the price for.
Whatever you obsess over captivates your attention, turning it away from your Creator. You must shift your focus from negative thoughts that dominate your thinking to move forward and release those things to Him.
So why do people obsess over things? There are many reasons you may find yourself obsessing over something. Different people obsess over different things for different reasons, and some people may be more prone to it than others. Whatever the reason, we can learn to cut down on this negative cycle of thought, or eliminate it entirely once we realize we’re doing it? The weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We are instructed in 2 Corinthians 10:5 to, “demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”
When you find yourself ruminating over negative things, think about “whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things” (Philippians 4:8).
The God of all grace who has called you to His eternal glory “will keep you in perfect peace when our minds are steadfast, committed and focused on Him (Isaiah 26:3).