Winning the Battle

When you think negative thoughts, you become a negative person. When you think positive thoughts, you become a positive person. When you think Godly thoughts, you become like Jesus.

Take a moment and reflect on your thought life. Do you realize that your thoughts tend to dictate you actions? Let me share a story with you that may help you understand the battlefield of the mind.

In the Bible, King David went through a period of bad decisions that led him to sin. I can only imagine that if we were friends with David after he had committed adultery and murder, we would have said something like, “How could you do such a thing?!” David, like many of us, would have probably responded by saying, “I never planned for that to happen” and he wouldn’t be lying. As a matter of fact, let’s read what David wrote prior to these events. Psalm 101:2-5 says,

I will be careful to lead a blameless life—when will you come to me?

I will conduct the affairs of my house with a blameless heart. I will not look with approval on anything that is vile.

I hate what faithless people do; I will have no part in it. The perverse of heart shall be far from me; I will have nothing to do with what is evil.

Whoever slanders their neighbor in secret, I will put to silence; whoever has haughty eyes and a proud heart, I will not tolerate.

In other words, David never intended to mess up his life and you probably didn’t either. We all make bad choices, but we probably haven’t looked ahead at the consequences of our actions. David’s lost the battle in his mind long before acting out.

That’s how Satan works. He begins by bombarding our minds with cleverly devised patterns of irritation, dissatisfaction, doubts, fears, and reasonings. He moves slowly and cautiously. Satan is never in a hurry. All he needs is an opportunity to inject unholy, self-centered thoughts into our heads. If we don’t kick them out, they stay. And he can continue his evil destructive plan.

We don’t have to allow these wrong thoughts to take residence in our heads. 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 says,

“The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 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.”

Make this your prayer today: Lord Jesus, in Your name, I cry out for victory. Enable me to bring every thought into obedience. Help me not to allow Satan’s words to stay in my mind and steal my victory. Amen.

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. – Ephesians 6:12