Battleground of the Mind
"So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace." -Romans 8:6 Has your mind ever gotten the best of you? Every day, there is a great temptation to believe the worst about someone or something that has happened to us. Even greater is the temptation to believe the worst of God due to something that has happened or not happened; that He is not good, and He is not on our side. It is so true that our minds are a battlefield. The enemy uses this battlefield to gain ground - to try to use things and situations that have happened to us to turn us away from God. He reminds us of our past, brings up regrets, and brings others to mind who we think have it better than we do, all to get us off track. He tries to discourage us from the things that are important to us. The enemy wants us to be nothing more than worms, thinking negative, discouraging thoughts - all the time! He doesn't want us to inherit the destiny that God has planned for us. His greatest weapon is to knock us out of faith and trust, straight into doubt and discouragement. Perhaps there are people who do have it better than us. Perhaps what happened to us was indeed really bad! But when all we can think about is the fact that everyone has it better than us, we are letting our mind and the enemy get the better of us. It is essential that we thank God every day for the thing or things that are good in our lives, (even if it doesn't seem like a lot). There is always someone who is going to be worse off than us. We have to train our minds to think faith-filled thoughts, instead of negative ones. (Philippians 4:8) We have to fill our minds with scripture. We need to put ourselves around people who can encourage us, and whom we can encourage too. Don't let your mind get the better of you. Pray that God will help you fill your mind with good, helpful, and encouraging thoughts - and that this would propel you into the very places that God has ordained for you.