“The Mental Battleground”
“The mind has been called the battleground of satan, and indeed it is! But, you have to remember, your mind is not the real you. YOU are a spirit, YOU have a mind, and YOU live in a body. (1 Thess. 5:23) God has given us weapons that are effective in this battle in the mind. In 2 Corinthians 10:3-5, we are told that our weapons are not physical weapons because we are not to do physical battle. Satan is not a physical being, neither are his cohorts. In order to do battle with them we need spiritual weapons. Me not only have these weapons, we are told that they are mighty – through God!
Notice the area of battle it speaks of in verse five, 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.’ The word in the Greek translated, “strongholds,” is the word “ochuroma,” meaning “fortify, holding, castle, figuratively, an argument.” Satan tries to establish fortified castles of arguments in your mind. Sometimes these “arguments” are like castles, hard to penetrate! But we can! We have the necessary weapons – the major one being the sword of the spirit, the Word of God! (Eph. 6:17) The word, “imagination” in this text means, “computations, reasoning, conscience and conceit” and the word “thought” means, “perception, purpose, the intellect, disposition” and comes from a word meaning, “to exercise the mind.” Why go into this word study? Because we need to see something important. Satan would love to get you involved with deceptive thinking, doubts, fears, worrying, etc., until you are so caught up in it that you are of no use to yourself or anyone else!
We need to grab hold of what we think on and bring it into line with the Word of God! Philippians 4:8 says, “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, THINK ON THESE THINGS.” What one thing do we have that meets all of these qualifications? The Word of God! How can you win this mental war? You have the primary weapon – The Word! Use it! Think on it, and what it has to say about your situation. Soon, as you begin to meditate on the Word and speak it, your circumstances will begin to agree with the Word and your mind will no longer put forth arguments about it! You will have won the battle!
Items of Interest in This Issue
Spirit of Faith Broadcast invitation… Satellite Poster for Charles Capps Satellite Seminar in Lexington Holiday Inn beginning this month… This issue of the Spirit of Faith Newsletter was the first printed on our new computer system (a Radio Shack Color Computer with 4K of memory and a dot matrix printer!)