How to Deal with OCD Thoughts

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I have been doing some research about how a Christian should deal with OCD, and I have found some helpful information I will share with you all.

Have you ever dealt with OCD? Constantly obsessing over your worries, a crush, or something else? Well, you are definitely not alone. I have been obsessing over something for about a year now, and it has gotten way out of hand.

Here are some helpful tips that I am learning to try to get out of my rut:

  1. Your thoughts are won over already by Jesus on the cross

Your bad thoughts are condemned with Jesus on the cross. Seriously! Isn’t this amazing? You can replace every thought with the thought of your victory over that thought. I started doing that today and found it really helpful. (I don’t normally recommend Joseph Prince Ministries, but I found this praise report on there from someone suffering from OCD and that’s where I got this idea: Click here.)

“For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.” Romans 8:3-4

2. Set your mind on pure things

Think on good things. Think about reality, what’s happening around you, and be mindful of what you are doing. Think of Christ, His death and resurrection, and the beautiful life that He lived. Think of the people in your life and pray for them. There are so many good things to set your mind on if you take the effort to try! (Click here to read more.)

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is admirable, whatever is lovely, if anything is excellent or praiseworthy, think about such things.” Phillipians 4:8

3. Ride with the Holy Spirit

Rely on the Holy Spirit. Don’t rely on your own mind or understanding. Trust in the Spirit, and stay steady. Don’t fall off the horse! Keep your eyes on the prize, which is Christ Jesus! (Click here to read more).

“I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Phillipians 3:14

“The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.” Romans 8:6

4. Relax

Find something relaxing to do. Whether it be coloring, reading, photography, or riding a horse, find something you enjoy to get your mind off the problems. Or, even better, spend time with God out in nature. Sing a song from your heart, read Scripture, journal, and pray. This will help your mind to settle onto Christ’s goodness and grace.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Matthew 11:28-29

5. Your fears have no power over you, no matter what your feelings say.

Cling onto this truth. I’ve heard it say “starve OCD”. Don’t let the fears rule in your life. Let Jesus rule and reign. Don’t go by your feelings, live by faith in Jesus. Faith in Him will counteract the fear that comes with OCD. It requires a dying to self and a whole lot of self-control to abstain from OCD thinking, but it’s worth it (Click here to see more).


“Then he said to them all: ‘Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.'” Luke 9:23

6. Jesus has the best mind, tap into that power

He has a sound mind, which you have been given as well. Fear no longer has a place in your life as a child of God. Live from a sound mind. Don’t overthink or overanalyze. Don’t let the intrusive thoughts dictate what you say or do (preaching to myself here now!). (Click here to see more).


“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 2:7 (NKJV)

I hope these words of wisdom can be of good use to some Christian out there suffering from OCD. There is hope for you. And that hope is found in the cross. Do not worry about tomorrow. Take it one day at a time. Fight the good fight, and even if you fail, at least you can say that you’ve fought and tried.

All the best,

Grace

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