When we leave our minds unattended, they can and do, become the playground for the devil to play his games. In that every thought and imagination we entertain, we must learn to sift and be like a border patrol officer. For when we let anything in that has not been placed under the obedience of Christ, it by default is given place for Satan to dwell. This is why the body of Christ is under attack, for our minds are where Satan builds his siege against us. We often open our windows and gates wide for him to just freely come and go – and why we spend our time being consumed in the consequence. Some of us, think the consequence we are living in is our cross to bear, when in reality Satan has us so occupied by our falling into his traps of temptation we have yet to understand and truly walk a crucified life. He is the mastermind and truly genius in warfare against us and often we do the work for him like he is our ally. A great deal of our mental anguish and illness we experience are directly related by this one thing. We open ourselves up to Satan’s tactics like we are children in an amusement park, having no discernment in what we allow in through our eyes, what we listen to and the places we frequent. He enters in to our minds and souls like a continual flow of water that form strongholds unaware to us. We are ignorant because we stand on a man-made belief that we are ‘under the blood’ and thereby are safe from the enemy. Not when we are on his turf we are not!
So many cry out to God to come help them out of their torments and are discouraged because their prayers ‘don’t work.’ He has already granted all that we need in fact listen to how Peter has put it:
‘Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, 3 as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, 4 by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.’ 2 Pet 1:2-4
This divine nature we are promised is extended when we settle to live not as free spirits, but a people who are Spirit led.
We must become offensive as we walk in the understanding of the whole armor of God and become proactive in our position and be a people who are mighty and powerful in the Kingdom of God. Too many of us live a reactive life and begin to ‘engage’ the enemy where he has already taken up ground – in us! It is until we go back and deal with the breech that let him in we will be consumed and entangled with our own inward and unsettled battles. We will have no positive impact in the things of God and His Kingdom.
I remind myself in writing this, our greatest battle we fight is in our minds, and we must be vigilant daily and not let down our guard.
Father, I acknowledge my error in not guarding my mind and for letting anything go within it and ask your forgiveness. I will seek from today on to be a keeper of my mind and will practice diligence in casting down anything that sets itself above You, or against You. I ask that you help me to see what I do – out of habit that needs to be checked. Help me to be like a border patrol officer who takes his job seriously, because he knows and understands there is a real enemy that seeks to overtake me to destroy. Amen
For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, 6 and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled. 2 Cor 10:4-6