It is exhausting to attempt to be holy in our own strength. We must give it up and simply be honest with God! He already knows the thoughts we deal with, the struggles we face, and live in high definition. We deal with thousands of thoughts each day, and we must follow the scriptures to take them captive. Right after being miraculously delivered from Saul, David had a thought of defeat catch in his mind. He then fled into the land of Goliath, and worse yet he brought hundreds of people along with him. When we obey our thoughts instead of God we can be moved in the wrong direction and even take others with us. However, when the power of the Holy Spirit gives us the boldness to be honest we see freedom. In Ephesus the new Christians openly confessed their sins and cast into the fire their occult books and pagan connections. We will continue to fight these mind battles as long as we are in the flesh, but we must fight in the power of God and be honest and open one with another in maturity and faith.
And many who had believed came confessing and telling their deeds. Also, many of those who had practiced magic brought their books together and burned them in the sight of all. And they counted up the value of them, and it totaled fifty thousand pieces of silver. So the word of the Lord grew mightily and prevailed.