Battle For Your Mind
Many books have been written about this subject and I am not talking about persuasion and brainwashing techniques. There is a constant battle going on in your mind. A text to this battle is Romans 7:15-25, which states:
"15For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do. 16If, then, I do what I will not to do, I agree with the law that it is good. 17But now, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me. 18For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find. 19For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice. 20Now if I do what I will not to do, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me. 21I find then a law, that evil is present with me, the one who wills to do good. 22 For I delight in the law of God according to the inward man. 23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. 24 O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? 25 I thank God—through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin.
The Bible says, "Though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. 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 10:3-5).
To fix this problem, the Bible tells us exactly what we need to do:
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. If you do this you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.... Fix your thoughts on what is true and honorable and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise" (Philippians 4:6-8, NLT).”
Secondly, we need to fill our minds with the Word of God. Romans 12:2 says, "And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God." The Old and New Testament both tell us to meditate on the Word of God. The two Hebrew words for meditate in the OT mean to speak out loud, declare, talk, utter, etc. It is not merely thinking about something. When the NT was written, God chose to inspire the writers to use the word "meletao" which has an even greater meaning which is "to take care of, i.e. (by implication) revolve in the mind." So it is important to not only read out loud but actively resolve and commit to do/take care of what is read.
“Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus”
- Philippians 2:5
“For ‘who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him?’ But we have the mind of Christ.”
- 1 Corinthians 2:16
A good book I read on this subject is The Three Battlegrounds by Francis Frangipane.
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