MASTERING YOUR MIND (PART IV) By: SABASTIAN D’OUZA

Mastering Your Mind (Part IV)

(II Cor 10:4, 5 KJV) (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.
We will pick up where we left off yesterday (v.3). The Holy Spirit through Paul goes on to reiterate that we are in a spiritual and not carnal
battle (v.4) and then gives us the end result of the losing the battle 
—  strongholds. If we keep reading (v.5) we learn where the stronghold
began — thoughts! We can see how vital it is for us to Master our Minds through the Power of the Holy Spirit. The word stronghold in the text
literally means a fortified city, a castle, a fortress, a built up
edifice that is designed to keep in the inhabitants and keep out
strangers. Understanding this, let’s investigate the text:
1.  We Start off with a thought: We learned yesterday that our minds are flooded with thoughts from either
(1) ourselves, (2) the adversary, or (3) God. What we must do is
decipher and decode the origin of the thoughts before we allow them to
become our actions.  Every action starts with a thought. One quick way
of knowing that a thought did not come from God is when the thought is
contrary to God’s Word. The Spirit of God will never lead you contrary
to the Word of God.
2.  Our thoughts create Images (imaginations): We do not think in words, but rather in images. For example: if I say,
please do not think about an elephant, with his big ears and long trunk; invariably, you already pictured that elephant. When we allow impure
thoughts to enter our minds unchallenged, we will soon see the images
these thoughts create. 
3.  If not controlled, those images can create Strongholds: Uncontrolled thoughts create unruly images. Unruly images, if not
challenged with the Word of God, create strongholds that are difficult
to escape from. Remember that a stronghold is a fortified city, designed to keep you within its walls. A person that is trapped in addictions to pornography, alcohol, drugs, cigarettes, sexual immorality, gossip,
backbiting, hatred, and etc.; are those that allowed simple impure
thoughts to lead to impure images and now they are trapped in fortified
strongholds.
So what does this mean to you today? Tomorrow we will look at the ‘flip-side’ of this verse and how we can allow our
thought life to trap us in God’s blessings, but today’s message is
clear  —  we must Master our Minds if we are to live in the Freedom of
Christ! Jesus came that we might be free from the bondages of sin and
death. When we allow our minds to run free, we find ourselves doing
everything BUT the will of God.
Are you readyto Master Your Thought Life?
Confession for this day: Lord God. I Master my Mind through the Power of the Holy Spirit. I take
control of every thought and I examine them against Your Word. I apply
those that that line up with Your Word and thereby cause my way to be
prosperous; and I cast down every thought that does not line up with
Your Word. I will not allow impure thoughts to snare me today, nor any
day. You have given me the power to succeed and I am successful in my
Mind, my Mouth, and my Methods! I will never be the same. Never be the
same. Never be the same.In Jesus’ name.
  Amen!

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