I'm Saved but Something is Wrong

Written by Jenny
Starting Out Right
If you are like me, you look forward to crafting your perfect cup of coffee each morning! Maybe you enjoy strong black coffee, maybe sweet cream and sugar are your favs, maybe flavored coffee or even tea (gasp!) is your morning beverage of choice. But whatever you enjoy in your coffee cup, it is the signal to start your day. Similarly, the start of a Christian’s life is to surrender to Jesus Christ. We ask Him to be our Savior and to forgive our sins. However, we often forget that we need to surrender to Jesus every day just as we enjoy a cup of coffee each morning. Take a moment now to say, "Jesus, I am Yours today.  I give you my heart, my mind, and my soul.  Thank You for loving me.  Please teach me something new today; help me to walk in the Light."  Each time we learn something new it's like another piece of the puzzle that helps us understand and draw nearer to God.  Did you know that every time you say "yes" to the nudge of the Holy Spirit you grow closer to God?  And every time you say, "no" to God your connection to Him grows a little weaker.
Where do wrong thoughts/behaviors come from?
The simple answer is that they come from the enemy. But, if we are believers saved by faith in Jesus Christ, how can this be? Well, the enemy is always at work to steal, kill and destroy. He especially enjoys attacking believers and he will use every door that is opened to him. The doors to our souls (mind, emotions, & will) are open to the enemy by our own agreements with sin or by the agreement of others on our behalf, from wrong beliefs, from curses or from trauma. Many doors to wrong thoughts/behaviors are opened in childhood by ancestors, parents, siblings, relatives, friends or other people that sin against us and wound our inner self.  These are the thorns planted in our inner lives that can cause much pain and make us unfruitful in our Christian walk.  These thorns might be invisible in the physical world we see but they are indeed alive and real in the spiritual world.
Life Seems So Hard!
Why is it that living a Christ-centered life seems harder for some than it does for others?  Maybe you have accepted Jesus as your Savior, you go to church, you read your Bible, you pray and still, there is something missing. Something is holding you back from becoming all that God has for you. There might be an issue or a sin in your life that is persistent and dragging you down. Maybe you've tried to break free and you are disappointed that you have fallen and can't find freedom.  Have hope, my friend! There is potential for freedom and it might be closer than you imagine!

What We Are Made Of
The first thing to know is that we are made up of spirit, soul (made up of mind, emotions, & will) and body. When you become a Christian, your spirit is saved and made new, but there can be things like fear, pride, addiction, lust and more lurking in your soul that remain and cause lots of trouble. That's what this website is all about. The evil things that remain in our souls that are not part of our renewed nature but they can linger and cause pain, sin, and torment. How did these things get into our minds and how can we get them out?
How Can We Get Rid of Wrong Thoughts/Behaviors?
We need to heal the hurts and give the enemy the boot by uprooting these thorns from our minds/emotions/will. There are a few steps to this process but the basic formula for lasting change is this: first, we take responsibility for our wrong thoughts or behaviors; we repent for these things and for any sins in our life. Then, we forgive the person/s who have wronged us and opened the door for these wrong thoughts or behaviors. And finally, we renounce the evil spirit that has infiltrated our mind, kick him out the door, and shut it behind him. Similar to confronting a bully on the playground when you were a child, you must stand up to the enemy. With the authority and power of Jesus Christ behind you, the enemy must back down. You must work to keep these doors to your mind/emotions/will shut, of course, or the enemy can come back in through your agreement with him.

Keeping Wrong Thoughts/Behaviors from Coming Back
Matthew 12:43-45 says this, "When an evil spirit leaves a person, it goes into the desert, seeking rest but finding none. Then it says, 'I will return to the person I came from.' So it returns and finds its former home empty, swept, and in order. Then the spirit finds seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they all enter the person and live there. And so that person is worse off than before. That will be the experience of this evil
generation." This passage can seem confusing at first because "swept and in order" can give the illusion that things were well inside this mind. However, the mind was empty, meaning it was not filled with Christ, the mind was waiting for another occupant and so the evil spirit was welcome there and he moved back in. Do not let your mind or soul be empty and allow the enemy access. You must fill your mind with truth and leave no door open or empty space inside for the enemy to build a home there.