The Battle of the Mind - Sunday, October 23rd 2016
"For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,"
The battle we face as Christians is real, and it is often difficult. We also see in Scripture that the battle is most often fought in our minds. In the verses above, notice the words used to describe the battle. He uses words like "argument", "knowledge", "thought" and "imaginations". This is why studying the Bible is so important. The more we know God's Word, the more we are equipped to respond correctly. We can see this really well in those moments we are corrected.
The moment we are corrected over something our mind instantly leaps to our defense. Rather than honestly considering the circumstance being presented, we usually respond by either explaining why it's not our fault, making an excuse for why it's OK, or we simply point out what is wrong with the person correcting us. This is the same tactic Adam and Eve used in the garden, and is something we need to guard our minds against. Instead of responding in the flesh, we can take a moment, pray and respond rightly.
Life Lesson: Most of our spiritual battles take place in our minds.
Thank You for giving me Your Word so that I am better able to know how to live. Fill me with the Holy Spirit so that I can respond in love at all times. Guard my mind against the powers of the enemy, and help me to think on godly things. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Living to tell what He died to say,
Pastor David McGee
Cross the Bridge
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