I recently reread a powerful book by Joyce Meyer called, “Battlefield of the Mind”. It’s a heavy title, right? It conjures up images of Star Wars or Aliens. Playing games on devices is about the only time we think in terms of battles. Unless its major traffic jams. LOL! In the book Joyce exposes some of our wrong or should I say negative mindsets in comparison to those of the children of Israel in the wilderness. Mindset means that our mind is set in a certain direction. Much like how I type or tell SIRI the direction I want to go. We “set” our “mind” in a direction.
This topic; the battlefield of the mind, brings awareness of where battles are fought. Some may be new this topic of the battlefield of the mind, may have delved into this subject quite a bit. Either way I, myself, continued to grow in understanding the magnitude of this subject.
What do you Change?
Most people, including myself, want to change something in our life but how? Because I wanted to change my life but I didn’t know where to start. I had no idea there was a battle going on and certainly didn’t know the battle took place in my mind. The first step to change is recognition. What needed to change to have a better life; was the real question? Studying and reading God’s word did improve my ability to recognize my good thoughts versus my bad thoughts. But hgaving an awareness of the problem wasn’t enough to bring the change I desired.
Knowledge brings power but not necessarily results. You can have knowledge in an area and not understand how to apply the knowledge for the results you desire.
I believe understanding is how to apply the knowledge you have to get the results you want.
I had the knowledge that my thoughts were important but I still lacked the understanding of how to apply that knowledge to receive the results.
Jesus is all I need…
When I received Jesus, I thought that was all I needed to do to have a great life. I received new knowledge and understanding reading, 2 Corinthians 10:3-6.
2 Corinthians 10:3-6
3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not [a]carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, 6 and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.
Little did I know that the battlefield of my mind would take disciple and applying God’s Word. Take captive every thought! How do you do that? Who has time to do this in life? Is this just a spiritual meaning and not literally taking thoughts captive?
Yes, it literally means to take captive your thoughts. This like other areas of life takes discipline to achieve but well worth the effort to have the life you desire.
Have you recognized the battle in your mind? What thoughts are a struggle for you?