Battlefield of the Mind [Part 1]
4th NOVEMBER 2020
For the weapons of our warfare are not fleshly but powerful through God for the tearing down of strongholds. We are tearing down false arguments and every high-minded thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God. We are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Messiah [2 Corinthians 10:4–5 TLV]
This verse highlights the fact that there is a real ongoing battle. Now, this battle determines each step we take, our perceptions and perspectives of issues in life and the outcomes of our choices.
Throughout the Bible, we see the concept of free will being echoed. The first part of John 7:17 says, “Anyone who chooses to do the will of God…” meaning, we have the power to choose to do the will of God or otherwise. This also means that no one is forced to serve the Lord against his or her will.
We have the free will to make our own choices, thus, there is a battle for that free will; a battle which draws us to lean either towards the lusts of the flesh or towards the life of the Spirit.
Hence, there are daily sophisticated arguments and mindsets that seek to lift themselves up against our victorious walk with the Lord; there are daily thought patterns and imaginations, some channelled through movies, music, various shows and the lifestyles of others. The Bible describes these as systems that seek to exalt themselves above the knowledge of God.
Know this day, that whoever or whatever wins the mental battles we face on any issue in our lives, rules our lives. Proverbs 23:7 tells us that, “For as a man thinketh, so is he...”
To live a life of victory and power, walking in the way of the Lord and living to please Him, we would always need to cast down all suggestions, imaginations or desires, and bring them all in obedience to Christ through the power of the Holy Ghost.
Do not be ignorant, for there is a battle which will determine not just your life here on earth, but also, where you spend eternity!
Sweet Holy Spirit, give me the strength to overcome the flesh and walk in Your will for the rest of my life. Amen
Further Readings: Romans 7:23, Romans 8:6
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