The Battle for Your Mind
Though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 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 10:3-5)
Five Principles We Must remember.
1) Don’t Believe Everything You Think
We all have a mental illness. It’s called sin. This means we can’t trust what we ourselves even think.
The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? (Jeremiah 17:9)
We have an amazing ability to lie to ourselves.
If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. (1 John 1:8)
Reasons we can’t trust ourselves:
1. We all have blind spots.
2. We don’t stop to really think.
3. We fail to notice important details.
4. We have background biases.
5. We jump to conclusions.
6. We get trapped by categories.
7. We miss the big picture.
8. We see what we want to see.
2) Guard Your Minds against Garbage
A wise person is hungry for truth, while the fool feeds on trash. (Proverbs 15:14, NLT)
Nutritionists will tell you that there are three kinds of food: brain food, junk food, and toxic food. The same is true with what you see and hear. We need to fill our minds with the right things.
I will not set before my eyes anything that is worthless. (Psalm 101:3, ESV)
How do you guard your mind against garbage? There are two ways from Philippians 4:6-8:
1. Conversational prayer (“pray about everything”)
2. Concentrated focusing (“fix your thoughts”)
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. If you do this you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus…. Fix your thoughts on what is true and honorable and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. (Philippians 4:6-8, NLT)
One of the keys to overcoming temptation is not to resist it, but to replace it. It’s “the expulsive power of a new affection” that helps us overcome temptation.
3) Never Let Up on Learning
Growing churches require growing pastors.
The mind of a smart person is eager to get knowledge. The wise person listens to learn more. (Proverbs 18:15, ICB)
Wise men store up knowledge . . . (Proverbs 10:14)
One of the ways you can store up knowledge is to start a godly family library and leave it as a legacy to the next generation.
You should read 25 percent of your books from the first 1500 years of church history, 25 percent from the last 500 years, 25 percent from the last 100 years, and 25 percent from recent years.
Those who get wisdom do themselves a favor, and those who love learning will succeed. (Proverbs 19:8, NCV)
4) Feed Yourself Daily with God’s Word
Another problem is that we’re not teaching people to be self-feeders. We’re not teaching them to study the Bible on their own.
Interpretation without application is abortion. We have huge heads but little hands and hearts ad feet.
People need more than bread for their life; they must feed on every Word of God. (Matthew n4:4, NLT)
You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, whose thoughts are fixed on you! (Isaiah 26:3, NLT)
5) Let God Stretch Your Imagination
Nothing happens till somebody starts dreaming. What we need today are great dreamers.
Where there is no vision, the people perish. (Proverbs 29:8)
In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, and your old men will dream dreams. (Acts 2:17, NIV
What is your dream for your next ten years? For your church? Your family?
Innovators see what everyone else sees but they ask questions that no one else asks.
Some of you are naturally great thinkers. Some of you are naturally great doers. Those of you who are thinkers, you need to do more. Those of you who are doers, you need to do more. It’s not one or the other. It’s both / and.
I want us to have a covenant together. It’s a mental covenant for the mind.
Test every thought.
Helmet your head.
Imagine great things.
Nourish a godly mind.
Keep on learning.
Pastor Tita G. Maya is a spirit filled, anointed woman of God. who has a divine mandate from God to proclaim HIS word to the nations that HE is the only GOD that can restore, revive, heals, and deliver you in every circumstance that every human being on this earth experiences. There is power, salvation, healing, deliverance, restoration, revival in JESUS’ NAME. Pastor Tita accepted JESUS as her LORD and SAVIOR on February 1983. Her love and passion for God made her an obedient servant and her courageous faith strengthened her relationship with the LORD.