Battlefield of the Mind
One of the places where the enemy is most active, where he often attacks, is on the battlefield of the mind.
There are many passages in Scripture that we could look at, but I want us to focus in on one that Paul wrote…
2 Corinthians 10:3–5 "Though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ."
The first part of this passage means, there is an unseen battle going on for our minds. Our real enemy isn’t people. Our real enemy isn’t politics. Our real enemy is actually unseen. But, even though he is unseen, he is very real and his name is Satan. His goal is to steal, kill and destroy everything he can while he still can.
The battle for sin in our life always starts in our minds. It’s in our thought life.
Then, Paul is telling us in this passage to “take every thought captive.” What does that mean?
The definition from the original Greek means “to control, to conquer, to bring into submission.” We take captive. We make it submit. Every thought obedient to Christ.
How do you control your thoughts? You can’t control some thoughts that come to your mind (remember, the enemy often attacks you with thoughts), but you can control how long you think about them and how you respond to them. You catch the thought when it comes across your mind (you take it captive) and you actively and intentionally surrender it to God and redirect your focus onto him.
Phil. 4:8 “Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.”
When you think about these things – true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, worthy you know what that is? That’s a picture of God. What he’s really saying is, think about God.
Isaiah 26:3 “You Lord, will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, and whose thoughts are fixed on you!”
If we fix our thoughts on God he says, “I will keep you in perfect peace.” What you think about is going to determine how stressed and how worried you are. It is pretty hard to sin when you are actively thinking about things that are true and honorable and about God.
This type of redirection is intentional. It’s recognizing that, “this thought doesn’t align with what I should be thinking about,” and actively redirecting it to Jesus.
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