The Battle of Our Minds. A violent battle is raging around us twenty-four hours per day. In 1965, Donald Barnhouse wrote a book about it called The Invisible War. It is the battle for your mind, and that battle is vicious. It is intense. It is unrelenting, and it is unfair because Satan never plays fair. And the reason why it is so intense is that your greatest asset is your mind.
People are unable to hear God because their minds are broken and cannot seem to connect to God even when they want to connect to God. One of the most important things we need to learn and teach others is how to guard, strengthen, and renew our minds, because the battle for sin always starts in the mind.
2 Corinthians 10:3-5 “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds. Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.”
Four Principles for Winning the Battle of Your Mind:
Don’t Believe Everything You Think. We naturally feel that it we think something, it must be true because it comes from within us. The world puts suggestions in our minds that are false, and we are bombarded with those false ideas all the time.
Guard Your Mind from Garbage. If you put bad data into a computer, you will get bad results out. If you put mental garbage into your mind, you will get garbage out in your life. Proverbs 15:14 “The heart of him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge; but the mouth of fools feedeth on foolishness.”
Never Let Up On Learning. Become a lifelong learner. Love knowledge. Love wisdom. Learn to love the act of learning. Proverbs 18:15 “The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge.” Don’t store up treasure or material possessions where moth and rust decay. But store up knowledge because knowledge is far more important than money. You will leave all your material wealth behind, but a wealth of knowledge goes with you.
Read, Read, Read. Proverbs 10:14 “Wise men lay up knowledge, but the mouth of the foolish is near destruction.” We must make time to think. Plan it in your life. Strategize for a balance between doing and thinking. We need both of them in our lives.
When we are saved we have protection against the fiery darts that the devil unleashes on our minds. Repentance means changing your mind-not just changing the way you think. It is a mental shift. Put on the helmet of salvation.
The Christian life is not just knowing; it’s being and doing.