Romans 12:2 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.
2 Corinthians 10: 3-5 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 pretense that sets itself up against the knowlege of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
I don’t know what the enemy uses to trip you up, but I am sure it starts in the mind, a thought whether fleeting or intense. I don’t know what the world has to offer that makes your head spin around and take the second look, but I am sure it has an enticing affect. When looking hard at my own day to day life, and praying about areas that I am still in defeat, or at least tripped up…it all starts in the thought pattern or mind. We have access to resurrection power, and we are choosing to believe the enemy or let our worldly desires hold us down. The Word of God is powerful, so powerful that HE spoke the world into existence. With words Jesus called Lazarus out of the tomb and back to life. The very word of God, alive and transforming. After studying and teaching on this a few times, I am convinced while watching some struggle that it is not fair to call them on their belief or lack of, as much as they need to learn to put up the truth of God against whatever is holding them.
Today was a hard day. I was reminded to take every thought captive. This is something I have been working at for the last 10 years, and some days are easier than others. But HIS word is divine, and nothing or no one can stand up to it.
The Word of God is our shield of faith. We really need to pick the thing up, and allow it to cover us, and protect us. Whatever the thought, look it up in the Bible and see what God says about it before acting on it. If this is something that plagues you, write the verse out on an index card and carry the thing with you. The verses at the top have been written out several times for me. I am thinking I need a set of them in my bus. I am that human that I need reminders. Striving for obedience to Christ and that means taking my thoughts captive.
Father God you have provided everything we need to walk in the abundant life with you. Please help us to see in each thought what it is that is down playing you. Help us find the scripture that gives us divine power to overcome, and allow us to dance, instead of fall. We don’t want to be duped, we don’t need fancy words from someone else, we just need you. Thank you for being our King, for loving us enough to pave the way. We want to commit to walking on the road that you laid out for us. The battle does start in the mind, and if we entertain it, it will soon become a reality. Give us passion and hunger for your Word, engrave it on our hearts, store it in our minds. We are your children, the apple of your eye. Might everything we say and do and think glorify you. You want us to love you with all our hearts, soul, mind and strength. Enable us to do that. Desperate for you and to press on in your shadow!