The Battle for the Mind

The Battle for the Mind

March 12, 2014 at 9:00 AM

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Psalm 19:14

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord my strength and my Redeemer.

 

What kind of thought life, or meditation of our heart, do you think would be pleasing in God’s sight?  

 

Actions follow our thoughts

A writer, who was walking through Kowloon in Hong Kong, stopped to look at the designs in a tattoo studio.  There were anchors, flags, mermaids and so on, but what really caught his attention was one that read, “born to lose”.  He asked the Chinese tattoo artist if anyone really wanted to have that tattooed onto their body.  The artist assured him that some did.  The writer exclaimed, “I can’t believe it”.  The Chinese man, in his broken English, said, “before tattoo on body, tattoo on mind”.

 

Proverbs 23:7 (KJV)

For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.” 

 

Some people have the idea that it doesn’t matter what we think, but the Bible makes clear, as the Chinese tattoo artist fully realised, that being follows imagination, or, we become what we think about. 

  

This is the reason for the battle for our mind.  Both God and Satan want to have their way and to rule in this area, whoever wins this battle has us, if it’s God then it results in tremendous peace, victory, and blessing, if it’s Satan then it results in great torment, degradation, and destruction.  Of course if the battle were thrashed out only between God and Satan then God would win hands down.  But here we have these two super powers as it were, the omnipotent God being the infinitely stronger of the two, and it falls to little old us with our free will to cast the deciding vote that determines the course and outcome of this clash.

Picture two great super powers battling it out for the mind of an individual who stands between them on the battlefield, he is alternately pulled in one direction then the other.  Your special ministry is to come alongside the little “piggy in the middle” as it were, and help him to cast the deciding vote on God’s side.

 

You discover that your “counselee” is spending a considerable amount of time watching TV, videos, and movies, and most of what he watches is not good and wholesome material.  You realise that he doesn’t see a problem with this.  Studies show that the average 65 year old will have spent 9 years sitting in front of TV 24 hours a day, and if the same person were a Christian and had regularly attended church and Sunday school from a young age they would have had a total of 4 months of Biblical input.   

   

 

Change is possible

 

The person who has “born to lose”, tattooed on his arm because those words have worn a groove in his brain, can change, “born to lose” to become “born to win”.

 

Romans 12:2

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

 

Transformed has the thought of undergoing a complete change.  It’s not about becoming better or a new and improved version, it’s about being changed into another form in the same way that a caterpillar goes into a chrysalis and eventually emerges as a beautiful butterfly, which is a completely different entity.  Transformation is an inside job, our external actions and attitudes change as our mind is renewed.

 

Ephesians 4:23 – 25, 31

And be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man, which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness. Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamour and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice.

 

Paul talks about putting on as though adopting certain good attitudes is like putting clothes on and off, and putting off has the thought of sailing away from something, he makes it sound like we can do this.

 

Think of a situation in which you know you could improve your attitude, maybe when you’re driving, or at work, at home, whatever!

 

 

Brainwashed

 

Our minds are renewed by the “washing of the water of the Word.”  God’s word is living and powerful, and as we see in Hebrews 4:12 it has the ability to get inside our souls and spirits like a two edged sword that cuts to the very core of who we are and how we operate.  

 

Hebrews 4:12

For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit and of joints and marrow and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.


 



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