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Battlefield of the Mind – Joyce Meyer Inspired


With it being the new year I wanted to talk to you about an issue that’s been on my heart lately.  As I’ve been on winter break I’ve been reading the book and devotional Battlefield of the Mind by Joyce Meyer.  In addition to reading my Bible and journaling I’ve read the book and the devotional every day while on break.  Through my reading I’ve learned how your thoughts turn into actions.  Many people do not realize this.  You can’t expect a positive life if all you do is think negatively.  This is very important to realize.  Often times we’re quick to say certain things like I’m ugly, I’m never going to find a job, and the list goes on and on. This must stop!  We must start to change our thoughts and what we speak.  We must begin to honor God not just with our actions but with our thoughts as well.  We must operate in the Mind of Christ.

                How do we operate in the Mind of Christ? We begin by

thinking positive.  Anytime we are thinking negative we are no longer operating in the Mind of Christ.  Once you operate in the Mind of Christ everything else will follow.  The Mind is a Battlefield.  Not a Battlefield against other humans but a battle against Satan and his followers. Ephesians 6:12 states,For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”  In order to win the battle we must continually operate in the Mind of Christ.  If we begin to operate in the Mind of Christ we can demolish the strongholds of the devil.  Strongholds develop when we continue to think negative things our mind.  I’m not smart enough, No one likes me, I’ll never get married, etc.. These strongholds develop overtime because satan is patient.  Did you know that?  Patience is one of his strengths. He works bit by bit changing our thoughts and taking over our mind. However, the devil is a liar!  You know when thoughts in your mind are coming from him because they’re negative and they don’t line up with the word.  Satan says, “You’re ugly look at you with pimples all over your face.”  But we know that this is a lie.  We aren’t ugly because scripture says we are fearfully and wonderfully made and we are made in the image of Christ.  Satan says, “Oh the economy is so bad looks like this recession is never going to end you’ll never find a job.”  God says he has plans to prosper and not harm you, to give you hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11).  Do you see this pattern?  Satan = negativity.  God/Scripture = Positivity.  So we have to renew and train our mind to think positive (Romans 12:2).  We have to learn to fight back! We fight back by using the armor describe in Ephesians 6:13, “Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.  We also line up our thoughts with the word.  Clearly scripture doesn’t say we’re ugly or we’ll never find a job and that’s how we know it’s a lie! Joyce Meyer says, “Satan cannot defeat us if we keep believing that God is working for our good.” 

Let’s now look at Luke 4:1-13

Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he was hungry.

 The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.”
 
 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone.’”
 
The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. And he said to him, “I will give you all their authority and splendor; it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. If you worship me, it will all be yours.”
 
Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.’”
 
The devil led him to Jerusalem and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down from here.  For it is written:
 
“‘He will command his angels concerning you
to guard you carefully;
 they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’”
Jesus answered, “It is said: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’”

When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him until an opportune time.

                Each time the devil tried to tempt Jesus, Jesus responded with “it is written” and quoted scripture on him.  What we can learn from this is when the devil tries to attack us we have to start talking back!  We have to rebuke him with scripture.  That’s why it is so vital that we spend time in the word.  Therefore, when times of tests and trials come we can be ready to defeat them.  Notice how at the end it says “he[the devil] left him[Jesus] until an opportune time.  Opportune time meant another time when he thought Jesus would be weak and at a breaking point. He thought Jesus was weak because he was hungry since he had not eaten for 40 days so he tempted him to turn stone into bread.  However, satan is not too bright because Jesus is never weak.  However, as humans operating in the flesh we often get weak and weary.  But we must on our guard because satan tries to get us when we’re down and weak.  Also notice how, at one point satan starts quoting scripture!  How crazy & scary is that?  Now imagine if Jesus didn’t know the word for himself he might of believed satan and fallen into temptation.  But because He knew the word he could fight back using scripture. 

               There are two spiritual weapons that we can use to overcome the devils attacks: praise and prayer.  Praise defeats the devil quick. He throws something at you and you start praising God because you know that the Lord won’t put more on you than you can bear.  Prayer is a weapon because that’s you relationship with God.  As I said, how are you going to defeat satan with the word if you’ve never read the word?  Prayer is when you talk to God and ask Him for help.  In our weakness God is strong!  With everything satan throws at us the Lord can provide and will provide an escape through His word.  1 Corinthians 10:13 verifies this, No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.

                Satan knows if he can control our thoughts he can control our actions. The good news is we have God fighting on our side!  The mind is a battlefield but we have the ultimate warrior on our side. The power of life and death is in the tongue.  As Joel Osteen says, if you want to know what your life will be like in 5 years just look at what you’re saying about yourself and your life today.  We must start speaking life and not death.  We cannot continue to say oh I’ll never get a job and then two years later wonder why the Lord hasn’t blessed you with a job. Start thinking positive.  Start saying positive things about your life every day. I encourage you right now to buy a copy of the book and/or the devotional Battlefield of the Mind by Joyce Meyer.  We’ve built these negative strongholds in our mind day by day over years but little by little we will be able to demolish them for good.  Today I encourage you to write a list of ten or more positive declarations about your life and your future. It can be little things such as, I am smart. I am fearfully and wonderfully made.  I am talented. I am a child of the Most High.  Anything that’s positive!  We have to start naming and claiming!  Once you’re done post them on your mirror that you use each morning when you wake up and look in the mirror say the declarations out loud every single day.  Begin to watch God change your life for the better.  It’s that easy!  If you’re not sure where to start watch this short sermon titled I am by Joel Osteen for inspiration.  I hope this post has touched your life.  I encourage you to spread the word and encourage others to change their thinking to reflect the Mind of Christ. Be blessed and be a blessing. Happy New Year!

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