Struggling with negative thinking? In “Take Your Mind Back,” Pastor Steven Furtick shares not only how to recognize when the enemy tries to deceive you, but how to take back what he’s stolen. This is an excerpt from “I Caught A Thought.” To watch the full message from @elevationchurch, click here:    • I Caught A Thought | Pastor Steven Fu…   #healing #peace #anxiety #stevenfurtick #elevationchurch Chapters: 0:00 – How The Enemy Deceives You 2:17 – Enslaved By A Thought 4:15 – Let’s Catch A Thief 6:37 – Fight Back Against Your Thoughts 9:00 – Here Comes Healing 11:30 – Catch This Thought Scripture References: 2 Corinthians 10, verses 4-5 Proverbs 6, verses 30-31 Mark 5, verses 27-28

What happens is the Enemy deceives you. He
can’t take what God gave you. You know that,

right? I need to make sure you know that. He
can’t take what God gave you, but if he can

get you to catch a thought that opposes it, he
can keep you so weak you will not walk into it.

This is what he says to the church at Corinth,
because they have spies running around introducing

lies to the church. They have thoughts
that oppose the knowledge of God. In fact,

that’s how he phrases it. In 2 Corinthians 10:4
he says, “The weapons we fight with are not the

weapons of the world. On the contrary, they
have divine power to demolish strongholds.”

What’s a stronghold? In military terms,
it’s a place that you go to seek refuge,

where you set up to do a battle
where the enemy can’t get to you,

or it can become a place where the enemy traps
you in. He says what happens in a physical

battle can happen mentally, spiritually,
emotionally to any one of us at any time.

It is with the thought that I can experience
God. I can catch a thought of Jesus and his

grace for me and his love for me and
his mercy toward me, and that thought

can move me to worship him in the beauty of
holiness, in the splendor of his magnificence.

In fact, one thought of Jesus can lift you above
any wave of worry. One thought of Jesus. Have you

been having trouble breathing this week? Get
a thought on your mind of the goodness of God.

Do you see that battle he brought you through?
Do you see that way he made for you? Just one

thought of Jesus… How many know one thought
can lift me out of the pit? One thought!

But a stronghold can also ensnare you.
A thought: “I’m not enough.” A thought:

“I wonder what they’re thinking about me
right now.” They’re not. But that thought:

“This isn’t going to end well.” That
thought: “I’m not what they think I

am.” Here’s one of my strongholds: “If they
really knew you, they wouldn’t like you.”

All of us are bluffing. All of us are faking
it. All of your little cool friends are faking

it. They all have acne. They all have issues.
They all feel lonely, and none of y’all are

cool. Everybody is faking it! I don’t care how
expensive your shoes are. You aren’t perfect!

They were coming into the church like,
“Oh, he’s an imposter. He’s not a real

one.” They were introducing a thought to
rob them. You know the Devil is a thief,

right? He can’t take your promise, so
now he wants to steal your thoughts. I

was reading something in Proverbs.
Can I show you this real quick?

In Proverbs 6:30, it says, “People do not
despise a thief if he steals to satisfy

his hunger when he is starving.” A thief
is just a thief. You know the Enemy is a

thief. You can’t blame him for trying to
steal what he doesn’t want you to have,

but check the next verse. I love this. Verse 31:
“Yet if he is caught, he must pay sevenfold…”

Today we came into this service to
catch a thief and to let him know,

“Give me my joy back! Give me my peace
back! Give me my wisdom back! Give me the

joy of my salvation! Restore it sevenfold.” I
caught a thought. I realized that he loves me,

and if he loves me, it doesn’t matter
if you like me. I caught a thought!

I’m bold about it! I’m born for it! I’m named
for it! I’m called to it! I believe I’ll walk

right forward into my future, holding onto
a thought of the favor of God. Some of

y’all need to catch this. Come on, catch this
favor. Catch this word. Catch this joy. Catch

this peace. You’ve been hanging around Facebook,
but you came in here for some faith today. Well,

catch this. God is for you. He’s more than the
world against you. Keep those 10 spies out of

your head and listen to Caleb. We can!
We should! We will! He is! I have! I am!

I caught a thought. Just like I caught a cold last
February, I caught a thought. I found out that he

is able. I found out that he who began a good work
in me will be faithful to complete it. I found

out he is the Bread of Life. He is El Shaddai.
He is more than enough. I caught a thought of

God! A thought brought me into depression,
and a thought is going to bring me out.

When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of Glory died

My richest gain I count but loss
And pour contempt on all my pride.

What’s he saying? “I caught a thought
of the goodness of God, and it lifted

me out of the pit of my despair.” You
can’t keep the thought from coming,

but watch what Paul said. He said, “We
demolish strongholds.” How do we destroy it?

Verse 5 is important. He said, “We demolish [every
spy that says we can’t] and every pretention that

sets itself up against the knowledge of God…” How
many know something about God that is deeper than

a feeling? I mean, you’ve known it since you
were a child. You’ve known it in your soul.

You’ve known it in your spirit. Deep calls to
deep. When I have a thought that opposes what

I know about God… What are you going to
do about it? I can’t keep it from coming,

but he said, “…we take captive every
thought to make it obey Christ.”

So when they say, “You seem different this week.
You don’t look so stressed this week,” tell them,

“Oh yeah. It’s the craziest thing. I caught
a thought. It was about this big. I found out

God is about this big. I caught a thought
of his greatness. I magnified him in my

mind. I began to rejoice in the Rock of
my salvation. ‘This I recall to my mind;

therefore I have hope.’ I caught a
thought, and it led me to a hope.” Now,

the thought you hold on to, the one you allow to
dominate, will be the stronghold of your life.

If the Lord is your stronghold,
if he is the place where you hide,

if you catch a thought, a glimpse of
your calling… There was a woman who

was bleeding on the inside. She heard
Jesus coming through her part of town.

She had done everything to fix it at the
level of the symptom, but nothing worked.

The condition she had was a deep one. It was
causing her to hemorrhage and lose blood,

just like many of us are hemorrhaging emotionally
and losing energy and losing hope. When she heard

Jesus passing through, her desperation for a
change caused her to do something dramatic in

her life. She had gotten a second opinion
and a third opinion and a fourth opinion,

and none of that worked, but here
comes healing, and here comes hope.

The Bible says she did what she had to do to get
through all of the people who could have blocked

her and to grab ahold, to catch Jesus as he
was passing by to heal somebody else. He’s

moving quickly, and Peter is backing everybody
away. “Don’t touch him! He’s in a hurry.” But

she reaches out, and the Bible says she touched
his cloak. She caught him. She caught his cloak.

She caught what could heal her. She caught a
flow. She caught a miracle. She caught a change.

Mark 5:28: “…because she thought…” Before
I caught the answer, I caught a thought.

Before I caught forgiveness, I caught
a thought. Before I caught bitterness,

I caught a thought. “If I can catch a thought,
I can catch his cloak, and if I can touch him,

he can make me well.” With everyone standing
and your hands lifted to heaven like you need

to catch what heaven has today, I declare over
your life that faith and favor are flowing.

From the person of Jesus in the form
of the Holy Spirit in this moment,

across every location and our eFam around
the world, catch this. You’ve been holding

on to thoughts of low self-worth and low
self-esteem all to lead you to this moment

in the presence of Jesus, that if you can
catch a thought… The woman was made well

because she touched his cloak. She touched
his cloak because she caught a thought.

There are great opportunities for love and for joy
and for peace and for provision. There is a great

calling, an assignment on your life, my sister.
There is a tremendous promise in front of you,

and there’s Caleb saying, “You should. You can,”
and there are 10 other spies saying, “You can’t.”

I don’t care if you’re outnumbered 10 to
2. If you will follow Caleb into Canaan,

you can eat the fruit of the land.
You can experience the joy of the

Lord. If you can catch this thought… “This
I recall to my mind…” I caught a thought,

and it lifted me from my despair. I caught a
thought, and it lifted me from my addiction.

I caught a thought of Jesus,
and it lifted me from my shame,

and I began to rejoice and worship him with
gladness, because I caught a thought of victory,

for the battle belongs to the Lord. He is my
stronghold. He is the strength of my life,

and I will not be put to shame, for the
joy of the Lord is my strength. Come on,

catch this victory. Catch this wind. Lift your
sails and catch this victory. Catch this wind.

I’m going to see it in the land of the living.
I’m going to see the goodness of God. I’m going

to sing it until I see it. Come on, touch
his garment. Touch his presence. Touch his

healing. Touch his robe. Come on, you
can catch faith! It’s an impartation.

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