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How to understand the battle in our minds
The first thing we must know and understand is that the battle in our minds is spiritual warfare – the struggle against evil in our minds. The Bible tells us that the battle we fight is not physical, but spiritual:
Ephesians 6:12- “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”
Trust me, I know it is hard to overcome our thoughts sometimes ( a lot of times). Most of the time we don’t even realize where our thoughts are coming from or why we are having them in the first place. Once I started paying attention to my thoughts, I couldn’t believe the difference it made in my life. Certain things became less stressful than before. Things that would’ve stressed me to the max, didn’t overwhelm me. My view on daily “tasks” are even different. Things that I do as a mother, spouse, friend, woman, and employee aren’t daunting or dreadful anymore.
I have finally started to really understand what spiritual warfare is and how it affects our lives every second of every day. I can not tell you enough how understanding this battle has forever changed my life. I am now better prepared to win these battles with the authority I have in Christ and you have the authority, too!
Two kinds of spiritual warfare
Yes, there are two kinds of spiritual warfare (as if one isn’t enough):
1.) Offensive – tearing down strongholds (incorrect thinking patterns) that have formed in our minds by accepting satans lies and deception.
2.) Defensive – when satan commands demonic spirits (demons) to launch fiery darts at us.
Defensive Spiritual Warfare
Ephesian 6:16 tells us: “Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.”
Now, these fiery darts can come at us in three different forms; temptations, deceptions, and accusations. If you start paying attention to the negative thoughts you have, you will notice that they are more than likely under one of these forms. These are the easiest ways to get into our minds and create strongholds. Isn’t satan just so smart?
Temptations are used so satan can get his foothold in our lives. He can not cause havoc in our lives if he does not have the rights to us, so what does he do? How does he get his foot in the door? He tempts us to sin. Sin opens the door wide open for him to enter.
Ephesians 4:27 warns us against giving place to the devil. He tempted Eve in the garden only because he did not have a place in Eve’s life. When he wants more legal grounds in our lives, he will definitely send temptations our way. The moment we give in to those temptations and sin, it is so important to quickly (as soon as we notice) turn away from that sin and repent. When we repent, we can be forgiven and the legal ground he had can be removed.
Deception is blinding. He deceives us by causing lies to seem as truth. I refuse to live a lie and be defeated by his deception. Once deception takes hold, strongholds can be formed. Demons love to use these strongholds to their advantage. Strongholds have tremendous power to affect our emotions and feelings. Have you ever felt guilty, worthless, unloved, or not good enough? I know I have, but now I know that those feelings (and others like them) are just a few of satan’s deceptive ways.
2 Corinthians 11:3, “But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled (deceived) Eve through his subtlety, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.”
If we have those feelings, we need to remember that God is a loving Father who desires so deeply to have an intimate relationship with us.
Accusations are his way of reminding us of our past sins and failures. Satan is known to be the accuser of the brethren (children of God).
Revelations 12:10, “…the accuser of our brethren…”
If we listen to the accusations he makes against us, we will begin to dwell on our pasts and become guilt-ridden failures. Guilt and failure have been dealt with on the cross! Has the blood of Jesus not washed away our sin? Then we have no need to think about it anymore. The past is the past. We repent and move forward. We have been washed clean in the blood of Jesus without a spot or blemish. Satan would love nothing more than to make us feel like dirty, worthless failures.
Believing the devil’s accusations can form strongholds, too, that need to be torn down before we can experience freedom.
Offensive Spiritual Warfare
Finally, after all this talk about how strongholds can be formed in our minds, let’s learn how to take them down. When we meditate on and apply the truth found in the word of God, we destroy these strongholds. We are now on the offensive!
Ephesians 6:17 tells us to take up the sword of the Spirit (the offensive piece of weaponry): “…the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”
The sword is meant to tear down and destroy the enemy, which is why it is an offensive weapon. God’s word tears these strongholds down and there is nothing Satan can use against it. They are built in error (lies) and torn down through truth.
Again, believing the lies will make you feel like a failure. However, if you meditate on Gods word, you will begin to feel clean and victorious!
The battle in our minds is between truth and error. It is a spiritual battle. If we know the truth and can focus on it, while also ignoring the error, we will always win the battle!