“When an impure Spirit comes out of a person, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it. Then it says, ‘I will return to the house I left.’ When it arrives, it finds the house unoccupied, swept clean, and put in order. Then it goes and takes with it seven other Spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that person is worse than the first.” Matthew 12:43-45
Get rid of (consciously make a decision, catch yourself, and be aware or sober-minded) negative or sinful thoughts, habits, sinful desires, fear, doubts, anxiety, nervousness, worry, thoughts of bondage and past failures.
Catch yourself and become aware of when you have these thoughts: and ask God to help you not to dwell on these thoughts when they come into your mind.
Then, you have a “swept clean” mind: put in order and unoccupied.
Occupy your mind with God’s word! In the place of these negative thoughts, memorize scripture; meditate mentally on God’s word:
[Finally, brothers and sisters, 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)]
… and slowly but surely your mind will become renewed. God’s thoughts will start to become your thoughts.
The moral of the story:
When an evil spirit (those negative thoughts you once used to dwell on) comes around again with its seven evil friends (even more negative thoughts) looking for a vacant spot in your mind – – – it will find your mind OCCUPIED with Jesus (The Word of God) and it will leave.
Getting rid of the ‘bad’ is not simply enough. Replacing the ‘bad’ with ‘good’ is what brings victory.
“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” (Romans 12:21)