Battle of the Mind

Whether you realize it or not there is a battle going on in your mind.  The battle is over your thoughts. The average person has between 50,000-70,000 thoughts per day, and 80% of those are negative.  More than half of those thoughts are repetitive.  What you think is what you begin to believe.  So, when you keep having the same recurring thoughts you will start to believe it whether you know it to be true or not.  Your mind is the control system to your entire body.   Every thought you have has a direct physiological effect on your body, emotions, the words you speak and your actions.

Joyce Meyer said “When a person is going through a hard time, his mind wants to give up.  Satan knows that if he can defeat us in our mind, he can defeat us in our experience”.   That’s why Satan is after your mind, because if you give him a foot hole in your mind then he can use that to control you.  Your feelings will be under his control, what you speak will be under his control, and your behavior will be under his control.  He will use your mind to try to control you like a puppet. Which will cause you to be completely miserable, hating life and disliking God and everything that He stands for.  It only takes one thought that can send you down a path that could lead to your own destruction.

Start rejecting the lies.  Well, how do I know if it is a lie? If it is not found in God’s word, then it is a lie.  Negative thinking produces a life full a negativity.  If you resist the temptation of giving into repetitive negative thoughts, they will go away. It is just like it says in the bible in dealing with the enemy James 4:7 So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Use the bible as your weapon against the enemy and wrong thinking.  Find out what God says in His word so when the negative thoughts come you can use the word against it. Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.

There was a time in my own life where I thought something was wrong with me, like something mentally wrong with me because all my thoughts were negative thoughts about myself.  That’s when I went to the word of God and I really started to learn about the love that God has for me and what He truly thinks about me.  Through learning about the love that God has for me, I begin to learn how to love myself and that things that I had previously believed about myself just weren’t true.

Learning to take your thoughts captive is so important in this process. Being aware of your thoughts and classifying them as positive or negative.  When it is a negative thought, take it captive by recognizing it and rejecting the thought, so you can renew your mind with a positive thought.  Romans 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world [any longer with its superficial values and customs], but be transformed and progressively changed [as you mature spiritually] by the renewing of your mind [focusing on godly values and ethical attitudes], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His plan and purpose for you].  Renew means replace something old.  In order to renew your mind this involves replacing those old thoughts with new thoughts of your choosing.  It is your chance to decide what you will think about that leads to what you believe.

Stop telling and believing those repetitive thoughts and stories you keep telling about yourself that are just not true. Choose to live as it says in Colossians 3:2 Set your mind and keep focused habitually on the things above [the heavenly things], not on things that are on the earth [which have only temporal value].  Recognize that you are in a battle and you must choose how you are going to fight. The best way to fight is to use the word as your weapon and renew your mind in it.

Prayer:  Lord, I come before you today thanking you for being such an incredible Father to me.  Demolish lies the enemy manipulated me into believing and any confusion in my life that his lies have caused me to have. Let me be completely clear from this day on about what the truth is.  The truth is your word and what your word says about me.  I decree and declare today that no outside force will do my thinking for me.  For God your word is my truth and I proclaim that you have given me authority over the enemy. So he does not have any authority or power over me, my thoughts or my mind.  Lord, give me discernment to recognize all the lies the enemy has told me and every lie someone has told me about myself.  Lord today in Jesus Name I bind every negative thought, lie and reminder from my past that the enemy has tried to use to keep me in shame, guilt, defeat, doubt, bondage, fear, worry, anxiety, and low self-esteem.  God, I refuse to let the lies take root in me, or hinder me to go after the call that you have placed on my life.  For today is the day that I evict satan from any place that I have given him in my mind and my thoughts.  Fill the places God in my mind where I need more of you.  Help me to take my thoughts captive and renew my mind in you and your word.  In Jesus Name I Pray, Amen!

 

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