Battling & Overcoming Insert



Chapter 1

The Battle of the Mind

We all at one point in our lives have entered a battle of some sort. A battle isn’t always a physical exertion of brutish force; the most profound battles are fought within the mind. Every argument or situation you’ve faced is a result of outward thoughts. The manifestation that occurs bodily is an assimilation of thoughts, derived from your perception, which is a product of your environment.

  1. How many times have you warred in your mind over a situation, trying to come up with a solution, but found yourself reliving the event?
  2. Have negative thoughts ever flooded your mind to such a degree that you didn’t know what to do?
  3. Do unholy thoughts enter your mind in waves, drowning you in a seat of remorse?

We must understand that thoughts are intangible (spirit) and can only become tangible (physical) through our acts. There are times when we make mistakes and somehow can’t mentally break free from those events. Instead, you find yourself re-experiencing the event mentally and constantly asking for forgiveness, hoping that God will somehow erase your mind of all traces of that moment.

So in retrospect, you battle thoughts with thoughts, while being unaware of the reality of what’s going on. The question becomes, how do you battle thoughts?

The answers to all of life’s questions are found within the Holy Bible. God has equipped us with the solution to uncontrolled thoughts. He has also identified the culprit behind the attack and our act of defense.

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; And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled. ~ 2 Corinthians 10: 4-5

In the arena of the mind, prolific battles are engaged. During each course of attack, the outcome is determined by the intensity of the pursuer. If you’re constantly thinking negatively about yourself, in time, your body will manifest those thoughts. Many times you can look upon a person and physically see what they’re going through. I’ve known individuals who wear their emotions outwardly to such an extent that a drunkard could easily read their minds.

At one point in my life, I was fascinated with the human mind and sought to obtain a degree in psychology. The job of a psychologist is to evaluate, and treat a full range of emotional and psychological challenges, which helps to determine the mental state of the individual. The origin of many problems can be easily traced back to a single thought or event. The scripture tells us to meditate on the Lord, but most people are meditating on other things, things that have somehow controlled their actions.

·       How many times have you beat yourself up with thoughts?

·       Have you found yourself thinking the worst-case scenario in situations?

·       What types of thoughts are controlling your life?

·       Do you always respond from the seat of emotions?

·       Are you battling sexual thoughts?

As we walk around trying to find our purpose in life, mistakes are apt to cross our path. Just because you make a mistake doesn’t mean it’s the end of the world. One of the beauties of having a relationship with Jesus is the freedom for repentance. When you turn away from a mistake, the key is to turn from it with your body, soul, and spirit. In some cases, the desires of your flesh are stronger than your spirit, and you revisit the temptation that you once repented of. Instead of asking only for forgiveness, you must also ask for the strength to withstand the temptation. There is strength available for any situation we are going through. All you have to do is simply ask from a sincere heart. God knows if you are serious and He knows when you are simply babbling….

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