Battleground – Your Mind

Battle of the mind

I wrote this article many years ago. I wish I could take credit for all of it, but it is in fact taken from several ministers, including Joyce Meyer.

I am again publishing this article because of a comment a long-time friend of mine made about the original that was lost when this website was viciously hacked back in 2021.

A little history.  When I returned to Texas back in 2012, I had not seen my friend in many years but he often communicated with my wife on Facebook.  When he learned I was living in Galveston, he suggested that we get together for lunch.

 

Although I consider Mike (actual name omitted) a very good and lone time friend, I told my wife in response to her telling me his suggestion. “I wonder what he wants now?”  In response to my question, which was more of a complaint than a question, my wife, reminded me of something she had told me previously when I accused Mike of taking advantage of me at times.

Mike once told my wife that he was aware that I suffered from bi-polar disorder, but God had gifted me with a brilliant mind. My wife went further on to tell me that he has often told her over the years, that he often hesitated to ask me about something he could not find an answer to because he realized that if I did not have the answer, it was likely she would be left to deal with me being up for several days learning everything I could learn about what ever subject he inquired of.  Which is an issue that many bi-polar people suffer from. 

Although I was still kind of hesitant to go to lunch with Mike, my wife kind of guilted me into it by reminding me that Mike relied on me for help and that friends help first, ask questions later.

Although I sometimes hate to be right, about half way through lunch Mike, who I knew was an Atheist at that time in his life, informed me he had been going to church during our 3 year separation.  Although I was not a Christian by any means at that time in my life, I was really curious why he went on to ask me, why do I feel great leaving church, resolved to do all the right things and before the middle of the week, yet I end up doing many of same things that send me to church again on Sunday?

Mike questions to me had always been on technical things, often about mechanical or electrical engineering principles. I was really taken aback by his question that led me to writing the following article, which was more like writing a technical report, and what my wife refers to, as the question that sent my husband on an 18 month manic episode to become a Pastor.

 

The Battle of the Body versus the Mind.

 

Many Christian believe that there is a sinister and deadly war going on, and the battleground is their mind. Many  people, including people who do not really feel one way or another about biblical claims, are none the less, caught up in a battle between their good and bad impulses.

2 Corinthians 10:3-5

Today’s article is an answer to a question I was once asked about why people continue to do things they feel bad about later and run to church on Sunday to alleviate their guilt.  In my research on the subject,  I have found that most Christians believe that when they were born again, accepting that Jesus Christ died on the cross to pay for mankind’s sins,  no matter how they may act in the future, they have a reserved seat in Heaven waiting for them.

 I agree that  God did not send Jesus to save us for us to live a defeated life of constantly  losing in controlling many of our impulses which leads to sin . 2 Corinthians 2:14

The bible does in fact tell us that God’s plan for us is victory.  He has a plan for us to have victory in our thought life.  Corinthians 10:4.

However,  we are in fact at war throughout our lives, and our enemy is not our bodies. Ephesians 6:12

The devil wars against us.  According to the Gods word anyone can find in the bible, there is a deadly array of demonic hosts.  They are invisible and are dedicated to the destruction of our thought life. They are under the authority of the prince of darkness, the devil himself, Satan. 2 Corinthians 10:5

In sum, the bible speaks of imaginations, knowledge and thought. There is a war.  Satan is behind it, and your mind is the battleground.

Accordingly, Satan’s desire is to conquer and to control your thought life, and then to make your thought life a battleground from which he can war against God.  Certainly, battles are fought with some kind of objective to acquire something. In consideration of what the bible states, it is not hard to conclude that God claims that Satan wants our minds.

If that is not confusing enough, God tells us that there is a difference between your mind and your brain. The Bible is very clear and plain about this distinction. Your mind does the thinking, and your brain is what you think with. This is similar to the relationship between an automobile and its driver.

The driver uses the automobile as a means to travel. Your brain and your mind are separate.

Having The Mind of Christ

Accordingly, the bible inform us that when we get saved, we have the mind of Christ. This doesn’t mean that we have a higher IQ, but we have a different capacity for thinking.  The fact that we have been saved does not mean that the war is over for us. 2 Corinthians 11:3

The bible books of first and second Corinthians was authored by a man name Paul.  In his writing to the first founded church of Christians in Corinth, he informs Christians that “Godly jealousy” is a good jealousy that wants to protect those whom we love.

For example, parents have a right to be jealous over their children that they might be protected. Paul uses the analogy in his writings to say that the people at Corinth were his spiritual children. They were the bride of Christ, and Paul did not want them to be corrupted or sullied.

Paul explains that he wants to protect the church.  He wants the church to have that pure, sincere love and singlemindedness for Jesus Christ. The devil knows that if he can get your mind, then he can corrupt you and pull you away from the Lord Jesus Christ. Genesis 6:5

The bible informs us that God destroyed an entire civilization because of their thought life. Romans 8:6; Proverbs 23:7

Therefore, we need to guard our minds. Your mind is to be fastened upon the Lord Jesus Christ. Isaiah 26:3

Not only does the devil want your mind, but God wants your mind. It is through your mind that God reaches you.        

Why is there a battle for your mind? God communicates to you through your mind. Ephesians 4:17-18 “The vanity of their mind” in this passage means “the emptiness of their mind.”

The word “heart” here refers to the mind. Many people associate how they think in consideration of their emotions, but God does not communicate to you through your emotions, which arguably are the shallowest part of your nature.

Salvation is the deepest work of God. God communicating through your mind does not mean rationalism or intellectualism. This is God revealing Himself to your mind.

God changes you by changing your mind. Ephesians 4:23. God renews us in the spirit of our mind. You can change the way you live by changing the way you think. Romans 12:2

God controls you through your mind. Romans 8:6 It would be ridiculous to conclude that that to win a war in your mind against Satan, God word to everyone is to simply think better thoughts. That would be contrary to the bible teaching us we are all but helpless sinners. I.E., In our own flesh, we are weak.  2 Corinthians 10:3

Our flesh (our natural state) does not have what it takes to have the right thought process. We live in the flesh, and we all experience problems, disappointments, sicknesses and perplexities.

When we become Christians, we don’t become immune to these things. But the warfare is not after the flesh. There is no way that the flesh can overcome this. 2 Corinthians 10:3

Paul,  is talking about the weakness of the flesh. We do not fight with flesh and blood because we don’t fight against flesh and blood. Ephesians 6:10-13

Our Battle is With Satan

Our battle is not with the Government. Our battle is not with President Biden. Our battle for the mind is against the devil himself, and we cannot outwit, outwork or out-war the devil.

Most people think that the battle for the mind can be won with education. But if you take someone who doesn’t know the Lord Jesus Christ and educate him, all you have done is to make him smarter.

Neither is Legislation  the answer for the mind. The weapons of our warfare are not carnal. 2 Corinthians 10:4

We cannot control men’s thought processes by laws. Legislation can only restrain evil; it cannot make people good. The environment is not the answer. 2 Corinthians 10:4          Education, legislation and environment are all carnal methods. Those are things that people can do without the Lord Jesus Christ. A better environment will not change your thought life.

Adam and Eve got into trouble in the Garden of Eden, and there is no better environment than that. Genesis 3:1-5.

Adam and Eve got into trouble because the devil played with their minds. Our flesh is weak, and we do not have what it takes to overcome and win this battle.     The problem is the battle for the mind. Proverbs 23:7; Proverbs 4:23; 2 Corinthians 10:4

The word “carnal” means “flesh.” We live in the flesh, but we don’t war after the flesh.

A stronghold is a fortress. Walls of resistance are going to come down. What kind of resistance was in the hearts and minds of the Corinthians and, subsequently, are in the hearts and minds of Christians today?

Arrogance, ignorance and despair. These are all strongholds. Inside the strongholds are demonic thoughts. Organized and mobilized, the demonized armies are inside the strongholds. 2 Corinthians 10:5

Paul was not writing about intelligence. He was writing about  intellectualism, high-minded attitudes, sophistication. Paul wrote that he was going to take into captivity every thought.

Paul informed Christians that thoughts that are being held hostage are going to be set free from habits, fears, obsessions and lusts.

Paul is stating that he is going to war, but not in his own flesh. 2 Corinthians 10:4-5

What were Paul’s weapons, and what are the weapons of our fight? The sovereignty of our Commander. 2 Corinthians 10:7

We belong to Christ, who is our Commander-in-Chief. The devil has been trying to do all that he can do to win this war.  But when Jesus Christ died on the cross, he decimated his enemy, Satan. John 12:31

Satan’s kingdom has come down. Jesus Christ is our sovereign Commander in this battle. The authority of our commission. 2 Corinthians 10:8

Authority is the legal right to act on behalf of another. Jesus, who has won the war, has given to us the power in his name, to win the war over our own thoughts. Luke 10:19-20

The word “power” here is literally “authority.” We are not to rejoice in the fact that we’ve been given this authority. We are to rejoice that our name is written in Heaven. It is not the knowledge of the devil that sets us free; it is the knowledge of Jesus that sets us free. James 4:7

Paul wrote, we are to resist the devil, not chase him. The certainty of our courage.  2 Corinthians 10:8-11

The Apostle Paul is writing that he has courage because he belongs to Jesus Christ, because Jesus won the battle for him, and because Jesus has given him authority. And he is going to win this battle.

In summary, one can conclude that Paul, a servant of God, advised all of us that we are at war with Satan and his army.  And that regardless of your theological beliefs,  Satan’s objective is to take over your mind. 

Paul further informs us, that by accepting Jesus Christ as your savior, by Christ’s authority, Christian’s can be assured that Christ will win the war against Satan and his demons, setting your minds free of the thoughts that now may send you running to church.