Mastering Your Mind (Part III)
(2 Co 10:3 NIV) For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does.
In Paul’s second letter to the Church at Corinth he deals with many issues. In the 10th chapter he addresses the way the adversary seeks to attack the church
and really, every aspect of our lives — through our minds! He tells
them that he is normally timid around other Christians, but bold when
dealing with the world. He tells them that he does not expect to have to be bold when he comes to visit them, because he does not have to
address Christians with the world’s standards. He says, “For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does.”
We are in the middle of a Global War on Terrorism. We have War Planners in the military that attempt to anticipate every possible scenario the
enemy may throw our way and develop plans to combat them. The War
fighters read and rehearse the plans carefully because their purpose for existence is to prosecute the plans. The purpose of our military can be summarized in two things: (1) killing people and (2) blowing things up. Now this might sound a bit lack of intelligence, but it is a
reality. Our troops either kill people and blow things up or support
those who do. Now, we can understand the world’s conventional and
unconventional military tactics, but in the church, we do not wage war
like the world does. Our war occurs in our minds. It would be a lot
easier to hunt down and kill the adversary if he were a mere human; but we must combat spiritual forces
with spiritual. Our minds are flooded with thoughts from either (1)
ourselves, (2) the adversary, or (3) God. What we must do, if we are to
be successful in this war, is decipher and decode the origin of the
thoughts before we allow them to become our actions. Mastering Our Mind
means that we know the difference between God’s voice, our voice and
foreign voices. Mastering Our Mind means that we only listen to the
voice of the Shepherd (John 10:5) and will not follow the voice of
strangers. Mastering Our Mind means we are prepared for the daily mental barrage of the enemy and are able — through the Word of God and the
Power of the Holy Spirit — to take control of every thought and bring
it into the obedience of Christ.
So what does this mean to you today? Paul wrote this prior to coming to visit the Corinthians because he wanted
to prepare the battlefield. We wanted them to know that he should not
have to deal with them boldly, but in humility and love. And so it is
with us. We should want to deal with our loved ones in humility and
love. The truth is, however, that we sometimes allow the mental attacks
of the enemy to cause strife to enter our homes, our marriages, and our
relationships. When we understand that the battle is in the mind, we can better deal with our children, our spouses, our loved ones, and even
Are you ready to allow God to help you Master Your thought life?
Confession for this day: Lord God. I come to You in humility and love. I am Your child and I will act like your child. I am Your sheep and I know Your voice. I will not
follow the voice of strangers. I will submit and surrender myself to
Your voice, today and everyday. I will not let any corrupt communication proceed out of my mouth, but only that which is good; that I may
minister grace unto the hearers. I take control of every thought and
submit it to the obedience of Christ!
In Jesus’ name.