Battleground of the Mind
When you’re waiting for God’s timing, the enemy will work his hardest to bring doubt and condemnation into your mind. This is the place I find myself today, struggling with the ‘what ifs’ of tomorrow compounded by the ‘what dids’ of yesterday. The enemy will use the truths of your past to condemn you.
Yes, I did many things wrong in the past, things I’m ashamed of, things I wished had never happened. The truth is, they did happen. When I’m in a time of testing, a time of waiting on the Lord, the enemy floods my mind with those truths.
How do I combat that? First, I remind myself the Lord has forgiven me for everything in my past, E V E R Y T H I N G. Second, I remember all He has done for me. He saved my marriage, rebuilt the relationships with my sons and called me to minister to those around me. Third, I listening to praise and worship music to draw closer to Him through worship. Casting Crowns, ‘All He Ever Wanted’ and Hillsong United’s ‘Oceans’ are speaking deep truths to me right now. Fourth, I talk with our Father. Call it prayer or whatever you like, just talk to Papa. Ask Him to help you through this time and He will. The combination of the 4 always helps, A L W A Y S.
We are the redeemed children of God through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. Next time the enemy attacks your mind, remember who’s you are, a child of the living God, the creator of the universe!
Battleground of the Mind
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by Charis Hillman Brown
“So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.” -Romans 8:6
Has your mind ever gotten the best of you?
Every day, there is a great temptation to believe the worst about someone or something that has happened to us. Even greater, is the temptation to believe the worst of God, that due to something that has happened or not happened; that He is not good, and He is not on our side.
It is so true that our minds are a battlefield. The enemy uses this battlefield to gain ground – to try to use things and situations that have happened to us to turn us away from God. He reminds us of our past, brings up regrets, and brings others to mind who we think have it better than we do, all to get us off track. He tries to discourage us from the things that are important to us. The enemy wants us to be nothing more than worms, thinking negative, discouraging thoughts, all the time! He doesn’t want us to inherit the destiny that God has planned for us. His greatest weapon is to knock us out of faith and trust, straight into doubt and discouragement.
Perhaps there are people who do have it better than us. Perhaps what happened to us was indeed really bad! But when all we can think about is the fact that everyone has it better than us, we are letting our mind and the enemy get the better of us. Therefore, it is essential that we thank God every day for the thing or things that are good in our lives, (even if it doesn’t seem like a lot). Even if it doesn’t seem good to us, there is always someone who is going to be worse off than us. We have to train our minds to think faith-filled thoughts, instead of negative ones. We have to fill our minds with scripture. We need to put ourselves around people who can encourage us, and whom we can encourage too.
Don’t let your mind get the better of you. Pray that God will help you fill your mind with good, helpful, and encouraging thoughts – and that this would propel you into the very places that God has ordained for you.