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lalala

Seattle, WA

#1 May 27, 2009
I've been struggling with intrusive thoughts lately. My whole entire family struggles with anxiety / depression / OCD. Anyway, so I'm a christian and everything. But lately I've been getting intrusive thoughts like "i worship satan" or "i accept the devil into my heart" which is totally UNtrue, but these thoughts reallly bug me and then i worry what if i were to get possessed or something. Help! Anyone else have these bad thoughts?
Johno

Red Deer, Canada

#2 Jun 16, 2009
Oh ya for sure, I've had the same thing my whole life!

The fear of posession one is huge for me, I also have intrusive violent thoughts about people I love and would never harm!

You have to understand it's just a disorder, and your own personal disease. There is nothing wrong with you!

Also, as a Christian, when you accepted Jesus Christ into your heart you were saved and will spend eternity with Him. Satan cannot touch you. He can tempt, and he can 'accuse,' but you are safe in the light of God.

Here are some Bible verses to console you:

"Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world." 1 John 4:4

"What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?" 1 Corinthians 6:19

"We know that anyone born of God does not continue in sin; the one who was born of God keeps him safe, and the evil one cannot harm him." 1 John 5:18
Daniel

Antioch, TN

#3 Jul 17, 2009
lalala,

I am sorry to hear about what you're going through. I have been struggling with similar thoughts for two years or more. It's really rough for me, and I've never on my own been able to get control of it.

Lately, drama in my life has shifted the thoughts from targeting things of God to targeting other relationships in my life like my relationship with my girlfriend. The thoughts are called intrusive thoughts and are completely false.

I too am a Christian, and have at many times feared over this that I had lost my salvation. But I no longer have that doubt. Here is why. The very fact that you are troubled by these thoughts, shows me that you do not mean them. People that blaspheme feel no remorse and have no desire for the things of God. If you were a blasphemer, you would not care about these thoughts and they would not offend you.

Our Lord Jesus, on the cross, payed for ALL sin. You're gonna be fine. The thoughts I was plagued with like yours lasted a long time, but once I started worrying about other things, they disappeared.

I'm now struggling with other kinds of thoughts I don't want to have, and am even in therapy. However, my studies on the internet tonight are showing me that what I'm going through is actually somewhat normal. Here's a couple links that may help you:

http://www.panic-and-anxiety-attacks.com/intr...

and

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intrusive_though...

Both these links have been a big help to me today, and I hope they will assist you in getting over your problem. I also recommend Christian counseling, which GREATLY helped me with the issue, and staying in church and the Word daily.

God bless you my friend,

Daniel
chosen_2_suffer

Salem, MA

#5 Aug 4, 2009
now here is what i have experienced with intrusive thoughts, i began having intrusive thoughts in my teen years, it only progressed and got worse and worse until i couldn't deal with them any longer and tried to end it all, quite a few times in fact, after a good 30 or 40 or so failed attempts at taking my own life i had learned from these intrusive thoughts that alcohol would stop the awful thoughts of killing and hurting and myself, it did not, not at all if anything they got worse and worse over time, one night not too long ago i decided i wanted to mix some drinks and so i drank a bit ,blacked out, now according to those who were witnessing me while i was blacked out told me that i was acting as if i were possessed they told me that they would say my name and i would respond with an evil sounding voice that: "he" ( which is me) " was not here right now" "that he (which is me) will not be coming back,that i have taken over to kill him". now when i awoke that same night in the E.R. with blood all over me not knowing where i was , what i had done, or anything other than me having 4 point restraints on me and unable to move to scratch my forehead, it really scared the heck out of me, found out the following day that i had tried to commit suicide by repeatedly stabbing myself in the chest with a screwdriver, none of which i can remember at all. now to aim a little off of my weird blackout , i had not been contemplating suicide at all that year , didn't have any feelings of depression that day to it either, to this very day when those freaky intrusive thoughts to kill myself and those who i hold close to my heart come, they really scare the heck out of me, just the thoughts alone make me afraid to drink any type of alcohol, they cause me to fear what i am capable of , they also bring on the thought of "what if it is the devil or one of his minions making me go around like some kind of puppet", and also brings to the thought of what if these thoughts cause me to act upon them without me realizing it , hence my blackout / possession , all i have to say in conclusion to this is,that these intrusive thoughts are definitely something i would never wish upon anyone else
Kimberly Clark

United States

#6 Aug 8, 2010
I think many Christians are told one thing from the pulpit - All other religions, gays, people who have not been saved are going to hell for eternity. I think an intelligent compassionate person knows this is not true. Maybe it is your true love of humanity which is causing your self-hatred. You are told by your religion to accept beliefs which in your heart you know are abhorrent. Stop punishing yourselves and find a church or religion that doesn't preach hate and eternal damnation for most of the people on the planet. That is a heavy burden to carry in your soul. Start loving and stop hating. Yourself and those different from you. Christianity is the promlem here, not the solution. Some Christian Churches don't preach hate. Find one
Sepharic777

Fairfield, OH

#7 Sep 28, 2010
My Beloved

Fairfield, OH

#8 Sep 28, 2010
I have been struggling with bad violent intrusive thoughts. I have been a christian for some time now. Mental/Fear attacks started when I started to teach my youth group. When I got past the first set of lies (which is what they are) there was a peroid of calm then some time later different ones started.

Here are some things that have helped me.

http://net-burst.net/guilty/unforgivable_sin_...

These ministires have changed my life:
http://www.joycemeyer.org/
http://www.creflodollarministries.org/

And so has this one:
http://www.dailyaudiobible.com/

You are not alone, you ARE NOT losing control or your mind and Jesus IS your answer. The thoughts haven't gone yet but I know they will. I'm okay and I'm on my way. Ask someone to pray for you, I will. You are going to be all right.

My favorite scriptures is this:
ALSO [Jesus] told them a parable to the effect that they ought Always to Pray and NOT to turn coward (faint, lose heart, and give up)..- Luke 18:1 amplified bible

The enemy CAN put thoughts in your head you need God inside to help you recognize it. Similar lies he tells are more "normal" sounding. ie "I'm no good." No one likes me." "You're gonna fail" Don't believe a word of it.
Jesus said this in John 8:44:

You belong to your father, the devil (if you have not been saved), and you want to carry out your father's desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

Notice how it said there's NO truth in Him.
This battle is a spiritual one.
-For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. Ephesians 6:12

God Loves you check out this song:
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- David Crowder Band- How He Loves
mary

San Juan, Puerto Rico

#9 Nov 10, 2010
hi I started having panick attacks like 2 years ago I then start having thoughts that I may hurt children sexually I got so scared I started crying every time I would see them or run away I keep asking for answers and I know in my heart that all of us that suffer from this is called demonics obsession I don't believe they are my thoughts when you said that the devil talked with a demonic voice i cried because It reaffirms what Im saying look all of the sudden I start remembering past sins that I know they were wrong but it doesn't mean Im going to do that I firmly believe is the devil
Girl123

Los Angeles, CA

#10 Nov 14, 2010
OMG u ar going through the same thing my sister is going through but it a little worse it's been getting worse never been like this she suffers from anxiety which has lead to her intrusive thoughts like for example she said she think of killing Jesus then me and my mom and basicly her family and that satan is all power and it kills her to think those horrible nasty thought she can't help it she think she's crazy and thinks she the only person in the world that thinks these sick thoughts but she's not thank u all for talking about ur stories u all probably saved someones life by doing these comments I know u guys helped my sister alot she will finally have some peace knowing she not alone in the world that she's not the only one that suffers these life taken horrible discusting thoughts thank u all so much form the bottom of my heart:)

Since: Nov 10

Los Angeles, CA

#11 Nov 14, 2010
Hi my names is Mary I seriously need some help with these thought I just don't know anymore if it's anxiety OCD insomnia or whut??!? I've been struggling with this on and off at first I got panic attacks and thought of knives and killing my loved ones and it went away but a few years later it happened again but it was a little worse I couldn't sleep at night intrusive thought kept me up then after some days it went away but now it has came back worse than it's ever been Iam scare. I can't control it this time it all started when I went back to school stress about grades and stuff lead to anxiety which led to sleepless night which led to insomnia which lead to intrusive thoughts bow I don't know whut to d. Iam scared I know this is not me or who I want to be even my friends have noticed I've changed these thought are eaten away at me like a cancer these thought!!!! Cuse these thought wish I never got then they ar ruin my life there taking over me iam smiling on the outside bleeding crying on the inside can't someone help me I need help yes I need help this not me these thought are evil crazy not ME!!!! I think the most negative thing and feed off it and then I can't stop it crazy whut iswrong with me Iam a monster!!!! iam crying out for help need to be free for this cancer before it's to late these thoughts overpower everything my school work being with friends being happy being myself again I just wanna be me i wanna scream just stop these thought are killing me help I scream no one seems to listen or understand but how can they there not me they don't know whut I think how I feel!!!! Only I do gotta heal save myself from ME!!!! I will with gods help and my familys help I will get through this so can u all there is always a way don't give up I am not I will fight to get myself back noway in hell these stupid thoughts will take over they ar nothing iam in control I make those thoughts those disgusting horrible nasty evil thoughts and just how I made then I will stop them and close that door and throw away that key!!!!!!!never lose faith cause faith is all u have remeber that!!!!!
jasmine

Los Angeles, CA

#12 Nov 23, 2010
I read the stories about how people suffered from intrusive thoughets. And I feel so relieved I'm not the only one who goes throught that. I can relate to I think terrible false sich as satan has all the power which I know is not true.I can relate to you jasmine123 the thing your giong with the hurting your love ones with knives and insomia. I am going through that and the anxiety stared was from school then it just got worse but thinking postive helps. And I am in control of my thoughts I want to be myself again.I had some insomia nights it sucks so bad but it's my life. I been through anxiety before I just can't lose my faith in god I guess I let the negative thouthts get the best of me . I'm only a teen and I can get through this.
Martha

United States

#13 Mar 23, 2011
I too have suffered so much from intrusive thoughts and feelings.It started out having thoughts of harming kids.Now its about my faith in Jesus,God ,And the Holy Ghost.I feel that I've gone crazy.I've always believed in Jesus,God,and the Holy Ghost but lately my mind is soooo messed up it will say well they aint real and I'll say yes they are and I feel like I'm lying.I have always had great faith but lately I'm tormented to death.I'm so scared that I might commit the un forgivable sin.I don't know what to do but cry out to God.I feel like I really feel this way.I'm crazy.Please everyone pray for me!!!!!
Chris

United States

#14 Sep 19, 2011
Hello everyone I started having intrusive thoughts about 4 months ago at first they were very mild i didnt give them any importance because i thought theyd go away but as the months have gone by theyve been getting worse id also like to mention that along with my intrusive thoughts ive also been experiencing something similar to tourettes not because of tics but because i have a strong urge to blurt out or act upon the ramdom thoughts that go through my head my intrusive thoughts arent violent but they innapropriate and by that i mean racist, sexual or just random and weird also ive never been diagnosed with ocd and i dont think i have it but did struggle with social anxiety in high school i believe this may have something to do with a meningitis like illness that i had a year ago i hope a dr can diagnose and treat me im 19 btw
God reigns

Bristol, UK

#15 Jun 6, 2012
mary wrote:
hi I started having panick attacks like 2 years ago I then start having thoughts that I may hurt children sexually I got so scared I started crying every time I would see them or run away I keep asking for answers and I know in my heart that all of us that suffer from this is called demonics obsession I don't believe they are my thoughts when you said that the devil talked with a demonic voice i cried because It reaffirms what Im saying look all of the sudden I start remembering past sins that I know they were wrong but it doesn't mean Im going to do that I firmly believe is the devil
Hey Mary I am so frightened as this is happening to me, i hate what i am thinking and always call out to God to help me but it is soooo hard! Have you got through it yet?? Will i ever be normal again. I know i have been slightly depressed recently but I really need to know whether you get through it all in the end? I know God gives us the strength but sometimes we just wish it could go and leave us. When i am busy i am fine but when i worry it all gets worse as i know what i am thinking is wrong so it gets me even more stressed out even though i cant help it!
jolyn

United States

#16 Jun 9, 2012
I have the same problem with thoughts. God knows they are not my heart. He showed me this in the Bible. Satan wants to stalk us to kill, steal and destroy. He hates God's children. He wants us to feel condemned so we will walk away from God. I won't let him win! Put on the Armor of God. Don't own these thoughts that are lies from the devil. Say outloud" That is not me. That's a lie!" This is mental illness what I believe is from devil. Its a thorn in our flesh, as Paul said, who also had mental illness. We must take medicine and pray.
jolyn

United States

#17 Jun 9, 2012
I don't completely understand it but we are not to lean on our own understanding. I pray that I am not counted to be accountable for these awful thoughts. I believe they are put there by the evil one. We are inflicted with an illness and can't help our thoughts or control them. We just pray for strength and healing. Go to psych and get medicine. Pray for the peace that surpasses all understanding. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and never turn away. This helps me. I believe He knows our illness and will carry us through. I was given a song called By Your Side,. I believe He brought me this song to encourage me.
Bobby

Canton, TX

#18 Jun 22, 2012
jasmine wrote:
I read the stories about how people suffered from intrusive thoughets. And I feel so relieved I'm not the only one who goes throught that. I can relate to I think terrible false sich as satan has all the power which I know is not true.I can relate to you jasmine123 the thing your giong with the hurting your love ones with knives and insomia. I am going through that and the anxiety stared was from school then it just got worse but thinking postive helps. And I am in control of my thoughts I want to be myself again.I had some insomia nights it sucks so bad but it's my life. I been through anxiety before I just can't lose my faith in god I guess I let the negative thouthts get the best of me . I'm only a teen and I can get through this.
I am a minister and I have been having intrusive thoughts of divorce anybody out there ever had this problem
Bobby

Canton, TX

#19 Jun 22, 2012
Any advice for intrusive thoughts about divorce
Ethan

Jonesboro, AR

#20 Jul 9, 2012
Bobby wrote:
Any advice for intrusive thoughts about divorce
Bobby, I have not struggled with intrusive thoughts of divorce but have battled many other types of intrusive thoughts over the last two or three years. I believe that these thoughts are a balance of OCD and spiritual warfare. As we become closer to the Lord, we gain a broader understanding of the depths of our sinfulness and sometimes we develop fears about falling back into sin or commiting new sins. I believe, from experience, that this fear triggers intrusive thoughts in which we somehow try to convince ourselves that we are cabable of doing these things. My intrusive thoughts seemed to stem from anxiety that originated when I began to worry about falling away from the Lord. Once it becomes evident that this is a struggle for us, the enemy has the ability to suggest more perverted or warped thoughts to us (just as they would to tempt us to sin) so that we will fall into deeper depression and throw our hands up in frustration with God. The enemy's main goal, as usual, is to convince us that God has shunned us for these thoughts and wants nothing more to do with us. Some days these thoughts effect me more than others but no matter what is going on in my mind, I will continue to worship the Lord, spend time with Him in prayer, and tell others about His mercies and unfailing love because that is the only way to achieve victory over these thoughts. There is a difference between a thought in our mind that evolves into a sinful desire and a thought this is merely words or pictures in our minds. For example, if one of my co-workers profanes the Lord's name by using the common curse word to do so, that word might pop into my head after he says it but I know that I would never curse the Lord or feel contempt for God in my heart. Therefore, the words in my head are just words and nothing more. Your thoughts of divorce are either temptations to get divorced or merely intrusive thoughts. Either way, God has given you free will to choose and has empowered you with His strength to overcome both of these. If you are following God and your deepest desire is to know Him more every day, then rest assured my brother that these thoughts will not separate you from His agape love. You will be in my prayers!
Ethan

Jonesboro, AR

#21 Jul 9, 2012
Anyone who would like to talk about their experiences with intrusive thoughts and vent from time to time, please email me at christyles.gautreau@gmail.com. It is better not to conceal these struggles but to discuss them with our Christian brothers and sisters.

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