The Mental BattleGround

I don’t know if you know this about me, but I am a fairly simple girl with a mind that thinks way deep sometimes and a heart that feels even more deeply. God has used these beautiful qualities for so much good, but the enemy has also used them for not-so-good, and they have been his playground at times.

I have seen and read books written and heard sermons preached on the topic of the mind being the battlefield, and it is so very true!

Over the years, the enemy has planted thoughts in my mind, and my deep thinking quality has taken it way far. My mind spins a thought round and round like it has been thrown in the dryer, and I begin to wander into deeper, more dangerous territory. My heart begins to follow, and my feelings go right along with my thoughts. I can’t get them to stop rolling around in my mind like a small snowball that gets bigger and bigger as it rolls. I can’t sleep. It consumes my waking moments and robs my rest.

This has fueled the anxiety and fear already in my heart, and if I add the component of internalizing any of this, it begins to fuel depression, too.

This is what the enemy loves to do.

For WHO HAS KNOWN THE MIND OF THE LORD, THAT HE WILL INSTRUCT HIM? But we have the mind of Christ. 1 Corinthians 2:16 (NASB)

No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what His master is doing, but I have called you friends, for all the things that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. John 15:15

This is such a beautiful truth to me!

I have the mind of Christ! Jesus is my friend, and He shares with me the things His Father makes known to Him! This is AMAZING!!!

I would read these words, and I believed them, but I couldn’t understand why the battle was still so hard. I had such a hard time shutting off the circus of thoughts in my head, and I battled to put the fires out before they spread through my mind and heart.

One thing I learned is no matter how much I grow in my relationship with Jesus, as long as I live here on earth, the battles will happen. Our enemy is still here, and I can’t escape it.

However, God has given me tools to use and weapons to fight with here on earth.

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, 2 Corinthians 10:3-5

God has given us weapons to use to fight. He has given us the Holy Spirit to be our helper, the one who leads us into truth and who makes known to us what the Father makes known to Jesus.

I don’t want to just know I have the mind of Christ, I want to know and learn how to live with the mind of Christ!

Over the next month, we will talk about three main things God has been sharing with me about fighting the mental battleground. They aren’t brand-new revelations, but I am moving beyond just knowing what to do to be able to put these things into practice in my life. They become a way of life instead of wishful thinking or me trying to fix it or make it better.

God desires us to live like the new creations we are in Him! The enemy wants us bound to our old ways of thinking and living.

I pray that, above all, today, you are reminded that if you have received Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you have the mind of Christ! You are a friend of Jesus, and He wants to share with you the things our Heavenly Father has shared with Him!