The Battle Is Won or Lost in Your Mind
The brain is powerful. God created it so. Almost all of the battles we will ever face in life will be won or lost in our minds. Just think about it…
- Think impure, be impure; think pure, be pure.
- Think hatefully, be hateful; think lovingly, be loving.
- Think anxiously, be anxious; think confidently, be confident.
It’s a simple concept, but keeping our minds safe and secure from the attacks of the enemy is complex. You might even wonder if it’s possible to successfully protect your mind and think healthy thoughts. It is indeed possible! Paul said,
We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. - 2 Corinthians 10:5 (NIV)
Let me offer two insights into this verse. First of all, it has a context. And in the context, Paul has been describing spiritual weaponry as opposed to physical weaponry. So there is more to winning the battle for our mind than simply forcing ourselves to think better thoughts. There is the issue of staying in tune with God and growing spiritually. Secondly, it is about conscious choices concerning our thoughts. Demolishing arguments and pretension is a matter of learning and repeating God’s truth. And taking every thought captive has to do with deciding against some of our tendencies and for others. It’s about making my thoughts serve me, not master me.
Win the battle over your mind, win anything!
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