Saturday, October 16, 2010

The Battle of the Mind

"For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places."

Who are principalities, powers, rulers of darkness of this world? It comes from Satan's kingdom of darkness.

Before the fall of Adam and Eve, they had a God conscious - not knowing evil, but after the fall, they had a self conscious which opened their awareness of good and evil. What happened is Satan now had the same pathway to communicate with man as God did. Why! Because we are spiritual beings in a body.

Where do thoughts come from? The mind-body connection
Where does thought come from? Are all your thoughts your own? If the mind is the battlefield, then thoughts comes from three (3) sources? God, the enemy and yourself! The kingdom of darkness knows your past, knows what negative words were spoken to you and are good to remind you. Those are the fiery darts mentioned in Ephesians 6:16. Negative words can break your heart.

Why, he is hoping you will become one with thought that does not line up to the Word of God also he is trying to get you to sin through temptation. He knows if you agree or become one with it, that it is the opposite of God's Word. He knows if he can get you to agree with the lie, you will not be able to fulfill the high calling and purlose God has for your life.

That is a stronghold of thinking. Why! Because you are agreeing with the enemy over God's Word! You are calling God a liar!

Example: Lets say someone in your past told you "you are too stupid" or "you will not ever amount to anything."

Every time you try to step out in your calling, you hear a voice saying "you can't do that because you are stupid." You immediately flash back in your mind that negative memory and who said it to you. You immediately feel hurt, feel worthless, feel anger which can develop into Bitterness In Your Heart!

What Happens!

You end up pulling back and not stepping out. The enemy has you and caused you to be disobedient to God. You are agreeing with the kingdom of darkness.

Satan's most frequent and consistent attack is directed against our minds. He sends his hosts out with an arsenal of weapons: lies, threats and intimidation, questions, accusations, lust and other enticements. The attack often starts very early in life. Ephesians 6:16 "Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked."

We need to take the shield of faith ... Ephesians 6:16 tells us "Above all, take the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked."

If a child is abused at home, lies from the enemy appear in the thoughts saying the child deserves it or is not worth anything to anyone. Accusations surface in the thoughts that it is the child's fault anyway. As many children are developing, questions from the enemy often appear in their thoughts regarding their sexual identity. Over and over these thoughts emerge causing confusion, shame and fear.

Once a child begins to receive any lie as truth, more lies will appear to reinforce the central lie. After awhile, the child will begin to focus on its own shortcomings and perceive the rejection of others.

Sometimes people are directed, by the enemy, into their lives to prey on them to add more reinforcement to the lies. If parents do not reflect the character of God to their children, the children will project all their shortcomings on to God. For instance, if one or more parents is cold, lacking in emotion, rigid and constantly preoccupied with other things, the child will see God as lacking compassion, unloving and not there for them. The enemy will encourage these perceptions. Many bring a lot of bad baggage along with them into adulthood from their childhood - called strongholds. Some grow up in homes where there has been considerable control, manipulation and emotional or physical abuse.

Women are often "led" to find a man of similar qualities to continue the destructive negative reinforcements in their lives through familiar spirits. We cannot underestimate the enemy's influence in these situations. In many cases, the enemy already has claims upon parents and even grandparents. Now the enemy focuses on the children, because he knows that the consequences of family sins can make the children vulnerable to similar attacks.

Often there are strongholds of low self-esteem and self hatred, rejection, fear, bitterness of others or God, anger, etc. Needless to say, it is very difficult for them, as believers, to live by faith. The enemy continues to pummel them will lies and accusations, causing much doubt and hopelessness. We see many adults who are full of anger, bitterness and unforgiveness. Some time in their life, often in childhood, they have been hurt deeply by someone. The enemy will constantly give them "flashback memories" of that situation in the past. The memories are so painful, that they constantly stir up the anger, bitterness and resentment, so strongly that it is very difficult for that person to forgive, even though they know the need to.

Putting Out Fiery Darts: Temptations
Satan's purpose is to drive you to sin. Then from sin to habitual sin controlling you. Satan tempted Eve and it is not sin yet when you are tempeted but Eve's temptation took her to sin when she ate the apple and then presented to Adam. It takes seven (7) steps to take you from temptation to sin. Again, temptation is not sin but it is what you do with the temptation. Do you entertain it or cast it down.

Once he has gotten you to sin, then comes the accusation from Satan. He knows you can run to God for forgiveness but if he can accuse you and keep you separated from God through accusation, shame and guilt, he has you. You see, if he can accuse you, then you will accuse yourself and not go to the father of forgiveness. Remember Adam and Eve? They ran from God and hid behind the tree with shame and guilt and fear. Emotions (spiritual beings attacking their mind with lies) that they have never felt before.

Satan reminds us of our past sins and failures. If we listen to his accusations aginst us, we begin to meditate on our past. Satan wants to drive a wedge between you and the Lord. He wants to control you in the flesh and keep you from the truth of God's love. Also to get you to give up and give into habitual sin actions which are strongholds because it is a way of thinking opposite of God or action opposite of God.

We could continue indefinitely with these scenarios, but it is my hope you have gotten the point concerning the enemy's activity directed toward your thoughts. What is a person to do when their mind has been under assault for such a long time? My answer to that is not simple, nor is it easy. But you have to start somewhere.

1. It is extremely important to correct the wrong perceptions of God. Any study that presents a balanced study of the character of God will be extremely beneficial.

2. It is equally important to discover what God has to say about you. You need to know your true identity according to the Word of God. The enemy has been distorting and lying about you, so that you have a false perception of yourself. We have a simple study on this site in which you can discover what the Word of God says about you. The apostle Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 10:5 to "take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ." The first two steps, "Knowing God" and "The Believer's Identity in Christ," are the beginning of that process. It is imperative that you fill your mind with TRUTH to counteract the lies you have been believing. The Word renews our mind to have the Mind of Christ.

3. You also have to confess specifically that you have been believing the lies of the enemy and ask God to forgive you and cleanse you. Part of taking your thoughts captive is to start disciplining yourself concerning the things you watch in the movies, TV and the internet, as well as the things you read in books and magazines.

You need to clean up what you are allowing to influence your mind and emotions. The apostle Paul tells us in Philippians 4:8, "Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things."It won't be easy at first, but with God's help and a desire to please Him, you can overcome and claim victory.

4. God has given each of us direct access to Himself through prayer. He has said that we can come boldly into His presence and present our requests to Him. Most people do not take advantage of this great privilege. Many see it only as an obligation rather than a way to experience fellowship with the Lord.

Parents want their children to come to them with their concerns. How much more does our God want us to come to Him. Jesus spent much time with his Father when he was on this earth.Without a consistent prayer life and fellowship with the Lord, you will not experience the victory that you desire. God has given us the Holy Spirit to teach how to pray. God has given us promises to claim. He has given us tremendous provisions to utilize in our daily lives.

In closing, I want to remind you of another statement by the Apostle Paul."Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. and the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:6-7May God bless you with the determination to conquer the enemy's deceptions. It is the Lord's will for you to be free.

Traci Morin

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