Have you ever noticed an internal voice bossing you around and encouraging your thinking to go negative? A voice issuing instructions like: “You don’t have enough time; get tense. The economy is weak and your job is in danger; be worried. Your throat is sore; expect to get sick. You ate too much; get ready to suffer.”
There are many names for this nasty impostor. The “carnal mind” (see Romans 8:7), mortal mind, error, and evil, are a few identifiers. But whatever mask the masquerader wears, it needs to be exposed and shut down. It can get really bossy at times, and one needs to stay prayerfully alert to prevent thought from slipping into a downward spiral.
I like to think of God as the boss of my thinking.