The Personal Journey 365, Mind Battle Strategy Part 1
“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world,
But be transformed by the renewing of your mind.
Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is –
His good, pleasing and perfect will.”
Romans 12: 2 (NIV)
Whether you believe it or not, there is a daily battle going on for your well-being as well as your eternal life. So much is at stake, yet most of us just brush it off as having nothing to do with us. We expend only enough energy to pacify our pre-programmed conscience and get us our spot in heaven. At the same time many others are just plain clueless to what is going on all around them.
Well, guess what? We are all called to take the deeper walk with Christ. It is not just for the missionaries, the ministers, the prophets, and the priests. The salvation you received is not a one-time event− it is a lifelong process. Unfortunately, as we have become more complacent over the years, the results of our actions and inactions are becoming far more apparent each year in our modern society. The good news is that we have the answer, and it comes from the Holy Spirit within. The challenge comes first in understanding what you are really fighting, and secondly in realizing that the war was already won when Christ died on the cross and then was resurrected. We, as his children are to walk in that victory.
It is up to us to keep in mind that the challenges are daily and that the Enemy is ever so sly and relentless in his deception. He is relentless because this, our time on earth, is his only opportunity. Satan and his cohorts are on a daily prowl to kill, steal and destroy everything you hold dear, but Christ came so that we could have life and have it in abundance (John 10:10).
This is a battle that begins in the mind, and defeating the Enemy takes a daily renewal of the mind. This renewal means a change of perspective, and the only perspective that can both discern the battle and overcome in victory is the mind of Christ. Our submission to and focus on the Holy Spirit’s prompting is the only clear path that will bring us─ and those around us─ out of the Pit.
The battle begins in the brain:
“Watch your thoughts, for your thoughts inspire your words.
Watch your words, for your words precede your actions.
Watch your actions, for your actions become your habits.
Watch your habits, for your habits build your character.
And watch your character, for your character decides your destiny.”
To win this mind battle we are to take captive every thought to the obedience of Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5). When we get bombarded with thoughts that we know are destructive that have no place in our lives, we have a choice either to reject or accept these thoughts. It is when we accept these thoughts– taking ownership of them– that is when we begin to give our control over to the Enemy. It is important to first consider where a thought might be coming from. Discern, “Is this thought coming from my emotions, my desires, from the Enemy, or from the Holy Spirit?”
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