Satan is after your mind.
“For as a man thinks in his heart, so is he.” Proverbs 23:7
The Hebrew here for thinks is a word that means: reasons, calculates, reckons.
If we become what we are thinking about the most, then it makes sense that Satan’s biggest target would be our minds. Our minds and hearts are intricately woven, affecting everything we say, do, think, feel and ultimately act upon. The mind can be filled with the things of the Spirit of God, or it can be given over and filled with the things of the flesh. As Christian women the Spirit of God lives within us, but as Christian women, it is still possible to live by the sway and thoughts of our old sinful nature.”
“Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind of the sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace…we have an obligation, but it’s not to the sinful nature, to live according to it.” Romans 8:5-7,12
When we were born again of the Spirit of God, our minds were not born again. We are filled with the Spirit, but our minds must now be renewed.
“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is, his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2
Satan knows how dangerous we would be if we were different than we were before. He knows that if we had true intimate fellowship with the Father and others, many would come to know Jesus too. The enemy knows the impact we would make with hearts and minds full of faith and love. So he attacks us with doubt, unbelief,dislike or judging of others. In other words, he seeks to keep our minds stirred up, confused, and chaotic. In addition to that, he seeks to keep us in inter personal turmoil, worry and fear. All the while knowing that others mock Jesus when they see us, the Christians, living so pathetically human.
So today…I am encouraging you to listen to your thoughts and when they are negative, causing doubt, increasing fear, or taking you to an unkind place about another person…CHALLENGE THOSE THOUGHTS!
“For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” 2 Cor 10:3-5
Every thought you dwell on, whether spirit or flesh, is determining the outcome of who you are becoming. If you dwell on the strongholds of unforgiveness, unbelief and fear, then you will be an anxious person, living according to how things make you feel. If instead, you go against the tide of emotion and begin the discipline of dwelling on the Truth of God’s Word, the Love He has for you , and the Faithful God that he is…you will become a woman filled with faith, love and grace.
Who do want to be? God’s best for you is obvious.
“Your enemy the devil prowls round like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him…” 1 Peter 5:8
Do not let him have your mind! He wants it, but he has no right over it. Scripture says you have the mind of Christ. Learn to live in that mind set. I am learning too, challenging my thoughts too.
May God’s Peace and Truth Fill your heart and mind this week.