The Battlefied of the mind

Posted By: Dieuner Joseph | Monday, October 22, 2018

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 10:5

Growing up in New Jersey, I knew of two brothers who became mentally insane in their pursuit of knowledge. One of the brothers is a gifted artist. The other is a sophist. They both have an insatiable thirst for knowledge. However, they became mentally unstable because they did not know the mind is a spiritual battlefield that needed to be guarded by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Most Christians know that they fight not flesh and blood, but powers and principalities in high place. Indeed, we fight demons and are susceptible to demonic attacks every day. However, some Christians do not realize that the attacks of the enemy begin and end in the mind.

There are many verses in the Bible that talks about the power of the mind. In Proverbs 23:7, we are told: “for as a man thinks within himself, so is he.” The apostle Paul teaches us “Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what the will of God is, what is good and acceptable and perfect (Romans 12:2, ESV). In Colossians 3:2 we are told to “set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.”

The only way to defeat the mental attacks of the enemy is by setting our minds on the things of God. When the enemy attacks us in our mind, we have to put on the helmet of salvation and use the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God so we can defeat him (Ephesians 6:11-17). The enemy does not want us to think we have power and we can live victoriously through Christ. By attacking our minds, he is weakening all other organs in the body because it is in the mind that good health, happiness, joy, peace, success, and fruitfulness are processed.

Most people think the enemy has the power to make them sick or unsuccessful or unhappy by attacking their body or their finances or their relationship. That is not the way he operates. He uses us to sabotage our own health, our joy, and our success. He attacks the mind and makes us think we are unhealthy or that we are failures. Consequently, we do the things that substantiate the way we think. After all, we are what we think we are.

Thankfully, the Bible provides some weapons to use when the enemy attacks our mind. In 2 Corinthians 10:4, we are reassured, “The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.” One of those weapons is prayer. Prayer is both a defensive and an offensive weapon. Defensively, it protects us against self-condemnation, self-doubt, discouragement, and depression. Offensively, it helps us to live with hope, walk with spiritual confidence and talk with optimism.

When we pray in the Spirit, we invite the Holy Spirit to put a shield of protection around our minds so we can walk in victory. Prayer is an alarm that warns God we are under attack so he can come to our rescue. It lets the enemy know to back off because we are seeking spiritual reinforcement from above.

Another weapon is the word of God. The writer of Hebrews says “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12). It was with the word that Jesus defeated Satan in the desert.

In the Old Testament, Jews used to tie the word around their foreheads, so they don’t forget it. The Psalmist says in Psalm 119 to memorize the word and hide it in our heart, so we don’t sin against God. When the enemy comes against us, we have to quote the word so we can rebuke him and defeat his attacks in the name of Jesus.

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things” (Philippians 4:8). Then we will be able to keep our mind on the things of God and have perfect peace when the enemy attacks us on the battlefield of the mind. We will walk in victory no matter our circumstance, and live with joy.

Prayer- Blessed Lord, may your Holy Spirit set free all those who are living in mental bondage because of the attack of the enemy.

About The Author

Rev. Dieuner Joseph is a dynamic leader, disciple Maker, Writer, Talk Show host, and Spiritual counselor. Reverend Joseph is the founder of the Imani Temple Baptist Church and the Disciple Maker Ministry. He is a skilled Bible teacher who carefully and responsibly exegete the Scriptures to make them relevant to today’s readers. Through his Blog and weekly Christian magazine- The Wednesday Word- he seeks to provide Bible based instructions for dealing with the socio-political issues of today.

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