03 / 12 / 17
In the sports world the purpose of the defensive side of your team is to keep the opponent from making forward progress, which could result in your team being defeated. The same is true in Spiritual warfare and the Apostle Paul encouraged the church at Corinth to have a ready defense plan prepared against the enemy (Satan and his demons) who wages war against the children of God on a daily basis. The Word says, “For though we live in the world we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.” (2 Corinthians 10:3-4)
1 Identify Your Thoughts
What is it that makes you stumble in your faith? Are you particularly prone to discouragement or greed? Do you struggle with lust, gossip, alcohol, drugs, pornography, or other issues that haunt you? If you wait until you are in the middle of a temptation to fight it, you will often fail. However, you can win the battle against your flesh by readying your defenses before the fight begins. How do you do so? First, identify the thoughts that trigger you to sin. Often you will find that your difficulties begin with deep-seated anxieties. For example, greed can result when you fear that you will not have enough or will be considered unworthy or insignificant because of your lack of resources. So observe what makes you feel vulnerable in your thought life, which calls for reaction or actions on your part. Remember, Satan is a liar and accuser of the brethren. Do not be deceived, stop, think, and identify what is going on in your thought life.
Have you noticed that when you think about doing something wrong that you begin to lean or pursue wrong actions?
God tells us to think about the good things in life and not the sinful.
The battle most often begins in your mind.
2 The Truth Of The Matter
Where is your source of truth? We know that the Word of God is our source of truth, Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life, and the, “Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and remind you of everything I have said to you. (John 14:26) We are to do as Jesus did when He was tempted, use the Word of God as a shield. Ask God to reveal the verses that you need to best combat the thoughts that make you struggle and stumble.
Do you need to become a better student of the Word of God?
Is it important to take time in personal Bible Study?
What do you need to let go of in order to have quality time in the Word of God?
3 Commit Your Thoughts
We are to commit our thoughts to Jesus. The Scripture says, “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.” We are to live a life under submission to our Lord’s will and purposes. In order to accomplish this we must develop the mind of Christ. Learn to stop and ask yourself, “What would Jesus do?” Do not be afraid of the changes God is working in your life. The Word says, “The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear? The Lord is my strength, of whom shall I be afraid. When evil men advance against me to devour my flesh, when my enemies and my foes attack me, they will stumble and fall. Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war breakout against me, even then will I be confident. One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek Him in His temple.” (Psalm 27: 1-4)
Commit your thoughts unto the Lord and watch as the power of God directs your path in life!