Battlefield of the Mind
What is your mind like?
You may think that is an odd question. Okay, let me re-phrase it- what are your thoughts like?
Is your mind thinking positive, pure, and good thoughts? Or, are you negative? Down-and-out? Depressed? I don’t think it takes anyone special to admit that our minds are battlefields. We spend countless hours worrying and stressing over imaginary scenarios. We question what people actually think about us. We waste precious time pondering the “what ifs”, while none of those “what ifs” will actually come to pass. We build up anxiety about our tomorrow, and continually fret about the future.
Our minds are battlefields, and for many of us, we feel like we are losing the war.
I don't know what your greatest struggle is when it comes to your thoughts. There are so many things that could be clouding your mind on a daily basis. Naturally, we find much to think about. But I truly believe God wants to set us free from our negative, distracting thoughts that are holding us captive.
Ephesians 4:22-24 says;
"You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness."
The hope we have to conquer the battle of the mind is found right in this verse- to put on our new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. This is the key- daily living for Jesus Christ, and allowing Him to transform our minds. It's not so much about trying until you fix your mind yourself, but it is about surrendering to the only One who can change us from the inside out.
Some of you may know my story, but years ago, I felt like I was losing this war. In reality, it felt like I had lost for good at times. I used to struggle with thoughts of depression and suicide. The depression definitely oppressed me during my teenage years. I would miss school a ton, keep to myself, and cry a lot- all out of fear of the future, and not understanding why I existed. I didn’t understand why I was alive or where my life was heading. I heard thoughts such as, “you’re worthless” or, “you’re a waste of space.” I believed those thoughts. Since I grabbed onto those thoughts as truth that led me to thinking about suicide. Thank God I never followed through, but those tormenting thoughts were oh so real, and very tempting to act upon.
When I surrendered to Jesus Christ, that moment began the process of exposure of the lies I was believing to be truth. Such as myself before I knew Jesus, many people are searching for truth. We don't know what standard is considered truth, and unfortunately many believe the lie that whatever is true for you is truth. This way of thinking if contradictory, as truth cannot be truth if it is different for multiple people.
Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. There are many arguments and resources available for you to discover why the bible is absolute truth (I have provided some links to resources on the bottom of this blog.) I want to encourage you to do some research and discover the evidence that points to the reliability of the bible. I know from experience, when I read the word of God, I can literally feel and sense the presence of God. His word is alive and active, and it is our compass to guide and direct our every thought for our entire life.
If you feel trapped in a flood of negative, controlling thoughts, I have great news for you. God wants to set you free. If you give your life to Jesus and pursue Him daily, He will begin the healing process of your mind. He will expose lies and the roots that have caused you to think the way you do. He will give you the tools to fight the battle and be an overcomer. We will battle our thoughts until the day we die, but through Jesus we will have the victory to overcome all the lies of the enemy. We have the victory to live in continual freedom.
There is hope beyond the darkness you are currently in.
Pursue Jesus Christ every day, and you will see the light at the end of the darkest of tunnels.
Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12
“You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.”