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The Battle of the Mind

Posted by Donna Pruet on

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.

(2 Corinthians 10:4-5 NIV)

What goes on in our mind is very important in spiritual terms. Our thoughts, our focus, our attitudes significantly impact how we live. If we are focused on all that is wrong in the world we will be weighed down and discouraged. Every thought that is not wholesome, or is proud, or not in line with God’s word and purposes, or negative thinking does nothing but weigh us down. However if we focus on God’s mighty power, his purposes and plans for the world, we will have hope. Reading and speaking out God’s word, singing and listening to praise and worship music all help to keep our focus more on God, You will soon find these wrong thoughts will decrease, because we’re re-aligning our thinking.

This verse tells us that we don’t win the battle in our minds by our own efforts. We need the divine power that is available to us through Christ. God has made sure we are fully equipped to handle every situation. Yet we need to draw on his resources by faith, believing that God will supply all our needs. Often we don’t feel able to control our thoughts. As we believe God has equipped us, despite how we feel, we will learn to focus our mind on: Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable… (Philippians 4:8).

 

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