Friday, December 2, 2011

The Battle for Your Mind

Sometimes things don't line up like I expect. 
I get disappointed.
I get frustrated.
Take loyalty for example:
I am extremely loyal when it comes to my family, my friends, and my business relationships. 
Loyalty is a good thing.
But, a loyal heart scorned can get really ugly.
Soon, one of my best traits can send me spiraling into a really ugly inner-dialogue when someone doesn't return the loyalty.
I digress.
Suddenly, I'm bitter because I felt someone didn't treat me like I thought they should.
Then, the good trait becomes my Achilles Heel.
It kills peace. It kills productivity. It kills the present and threatens the future. 
Internal Combustion.
We smile and tell the world "We are doing great!" 
We put up our best pictures on Facebook and share how wonderful our lives are via Twitter. 
But, inside we are a mess, and worst off– we can hide it for a season.

I don't know about you, but Satan's not getting my mind.
It's a decision you and I have to make as our feet hit the floor every morning. 
It's something I fail at greatly, but strive for daily.
There is no easy button, but there is a solution:
It's a process of renewing our minds  continually with the word of God.
{If you turn to my discipline, then I will pour out my Spirit on you and teach you my words.}
Proverbs 1:23

We have a choice each day to have the mind of Christ–to put on the helmet of Salvation, or to let Satan rule our thinking. 

{The battle for your mind is one of the bloodiest battles you will ever face as a Christian.}

Today, I want you to see the tactical spiritual warfare for what it is:
If Satan can't have your soul, he's lost you eternally. However, if he can have your mind, he has your focus, your joy, your productivity– so he ultimately has you. 

{As a Christian, your mind is your Achilles Heel.}

He'll take any inch you give him; he'll twist, confuse, contort, lie, and destroy you from the inside out. Our help comes from the Lord and He is anxious to deliver us mentally, emotionally, and spiritually today. 

Phillipians 4:8 
{Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.}


Warren Baldwin said...

Excellent. Satan can get our minds in sneaky little ways. Any negative attitudes toward others we harbor is indication that we are giving some of our territory to him. Good post to encourage us to resist him.