The Battle in Your Mind
2 Corinthians 10:3-5
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
Were you ever afraid of the dark as a child? I can recall waking up in the middle of the night fearful that some stranger was in my room. My heart was pounding so hard I thought it might jump right out of my chest. One night, I thought a man was standing in the doorway of my bedroom. He appeared large and monster like. I could not yell or even move because of the fear that had gripped my heart. Then I realized, when my eyes finally adjusted to the darkness, it was only my dad’s shirt hanging on the door frame. Crippling fear comes to us in many ways and for just about any reason.
What is paralyzing fear to you? What do you fear most in your life? Here is a list of a few things that women fear most:
• Finances - We may loose our home, car, etc.
• Children - Fear of baby development - Will our children love and serve God?
• Life of Singleness - Will I be alone forever? I must have a husband to be happy.
• Divorce - Will my husband leave me for another woman?
• Widowhood - Old age - Convalescent care - Loss of a loved one
• Illness - Fear of suffering
• Death - When will I die? How will I die? Will I die with dignity?
Have you ever asked yourself? “What if?” That question could generate all kinds of fears about the future. What ifs? Are imaginations in the mind. This is why we know the mind is where the battle begins and where strongholds, images and knowledge that exalts itself above God, must be “cast down.”
Stronghold: A lie or false idea that a person believes to be true. It is so true to them that they are literally held in bondage to that thought. Picture a castle or fortress that is surrounding your mind with lies.
Imaginations: Are images made up in our mind keeping us from loving and serving God as He calls us to do.
Reasonings: A cause, explanation, or justification for an action or event. The power of the mind to think, understand, and form judgments by a process of logic.
If we want to overcome our fears, the strongholds, imaginations, or reasons in our minds, we cannot think, “What if.” Thoughts about the future are at best only guesses. Everything is in God’s hands. The dread of the future is a thief of joy. Like our future thoughts about the “What ifs” the “If only” thoughts about our past can rob us of peace and joy in the present. There is only one thing we can do about the past and that is to forget it! “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before” Philippians 3:13.
To forget means to not let your past affect or control you in the present.
Thought: How do I take every thought captive? Choose to trust what the Bible says about God is true and replace any fear or doubt with the truth of the Word of God. Life is difficult and bad things do happen to good people. When we know the truth of Scripture, we can lay before God our hurts, disappointments and the challenges we face. We can choose to think about God’s ability to handle problems instead of dwelling on them. Even when we feel the pain that life brings, we can rest in His peace that passes all understanding; the peace that only He can give. (Philippians 4:7)