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Fighting the Battle of the Mind-Part Two

by Jean Bradley

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Welcome back to this 2-part study of Fighting the Battle of the Mind. In Part One, I spoke about the importance of participating with the Holy Spirit by obeying His instructions. But there are further instructions to this. Let’s look at what Apostle Paul says in Philippians 4:8-9.

‘Finally, brothers, whatever is right, whatever is noble, whatever is lovely, whatever is pure, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me – put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you’.

In other words, this verse is telling us that we need to change our old thoughts with new ones. This is confirmed in 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 that says:

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‘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’.

This verse is telling us that we have weapons to help us renew our mind – the Word of God and the power of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, when we feel we are being tempted we should pray to God to receive power from the Holy Spirit to keep our thoughts pure. This will also stop the thought from getting to our heart because Proverbs 23:7 says:

‘As a man thinks, so is he’.

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For example, if we are having a problem with anger, we can arm ourselves with James 1:19-20, which says:

‘So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God’.

So then in practice when we feel that we might respond to something in anger, we can pray, “Lord Jesus help me to overcome this anger. Thank you, Lord.” We can then quote the scripture from James, maybe a few times over and over.

Proverbs23-7 As a man thinks in his heart

The Word of God is a weapon against the enemy as well. I have learned to use it often. Try it for yourself and you will see victories, however small, but be encouraged when you see victories again and again, for you will grow in confidence and win the war in Jesus’ Name.

Lastly, besides our old way of thinking, the devil puts thoughts in our minds out of nowhere, that has nothing to do with what is happening around us. If we read Ephesians 6 from verse 10 through to 18, it speaks about the armour of God that is also a tool the Lord has given us to win the war against our enemy, Satan.

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As Christians, we should put on our armour every day and be protected. We are in a spiritual battle, and as soldiers in God’s army, we should be prepared. The verse I want to highlight here is verse 17 that tells us about the helmet of salvation and the Word of God. The Lord told me one time that our helmet is to protect our mind from those little thoughts that come at us from nowhere.

Again, we must refuse to take that thought and then quote the relevant Bible verse. God has equipped us with everything we need to win the battles and the war and to walk in victory as His Child!

Let’s Pray: Father God, we come to You in the Name of Jesus Christ, our Saviour, and we ask that you will help us, lead us and guide us to win this battle in our mind and in our heart. We know Lord, that this is Your will for us and we receive your peace, in Jesus’ Name we pray. Amen!!

 

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