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The mind is the battleground where our enemy attacks us most. He can do more damage to a Christian through the mind than he could ever do in any other area of our lives because it is in the mind where our actions and reactions are born.
For example, before someone ever commits adultery, it begins with a thought. How do we fight this battle of the mind? By changing our perspective and by setting a watchman on the wall of our heart and mind!
The Mind is the Battleground – So Know Your Territory Well
My husband and I recently brought home six baby chicks. They were 1 week old when we got them and they are now nearly 5 weeks. They are getting bigger by the minute it seems and soon outgrowing their brooder.
We have a chicken coop outside on our property that we recently fixed up. My husband and I spent a lot of time looking for ways a predator could get into the run and the coop and we secured those areas tightly! We felt as if it was like Fort Knox in there and were just waiting for time to pass or the weather to warm up more before they could move out of my house!
It was a beautiful day today so I took them out to the coop for a little while to let them explore, play, and familiarize themselves with what will soon be their new home! I went into the run with them so they would feel more comfortable and they immediately started scratching the ground, digging for worms and checking out the new space!
They played and chased each other, clearly enjoying their newfound freedom!
But as they played, I stood in the run and looked around me. I saw a gap where the door met the ground. We would have to seal that up or else a small predator could get in.
I looked up at one point when a twig hit the roof of the barn and saw a gap at the top of the door we hadn’t seen from the outside looking in. That too would have to be closed up.
I was finding areas of vulnerability where I thought, from the outside, it was secure.
The Mind is the Battleground – Finding Your Gaps
From the outside looking in, everything looked fine. It wasn’t until I looked at everything from the INSIDE that I found the gaps.
Are there areas of your life that look fine from the outside, but inside you have gaps in your armor that the enemy can get through?
Ephesians 6:11 says:
“Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.” NIV
The ESV says:
“Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.”
The word ‘whole’ or ‘full’ in the Greek, according to Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance, is ‘panoplia’ and it means:
“1. Full armor, complete armor
A. includes shield, sword, lance, helmet, greaves (protects the shins), and breastplate”
FULL armor, WHOLE armor. Not some of it, but all of it.
“Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace.
In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication.
To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints…” ESV
The Mind is a Battleground – Changing Your Perspective
God has given us a full list of our armor and yet many times we go through our day to day lives only partially armed.
We may THINK we are fully protected because from the outside it appears that way! We may think everything is fine because we are not actively sinning in that area. But if we just look from the inside we find little gaps that the enemy can slink through and attack us.
Changing our perspective can bring to light those gaps and the place to begin is on the inside; in our minds.
The mind is the battleground where the enemy will begin to look for those gaps and will begin to attack us by planting seeds. Seeds of doubt, seeds of lust, seeds of greed.
We may not see them from the outside because they haven’t taken root enough yet to become action. But they may be there, inside the mind. He didn’t come in with a blatant attack! He snuck in another way!
Just because a person may not be actively cheating on their spouse doesn’t mean seeds aren’t being planted in their minds when they allow lustful thoughts to enter in.
Just because we haven’t yet walked away from an opportunity that God has put in our path doesn’t mean that the enemy isn’t sneaking through a gap to put fear into our minds.
“You can’t do that! You’re not good enough.”
And we don’t see it because we are looking from the outside.
How to Fight on the Battlefield of the Mind – Guard Your Heart by Setting a Watchman on the Wall
I recently wrote a post about guarding your heart and mind, and in it I referenced setting a “Watchman on the Wall”.
In ancient Israel, there would be a watchman on the wall of the city who would stand guard and sound the alarm when the enemy was approaching.
Do you have a watchman on the wall of your heart and mind?
What is guarding your heart?
If we fail to change our perspective and see that the battle often begins on the inside, in our minds, it is like a watchman only looking for the enemy in one direction while they approach from another.
If you do not watch what thoughts you entertain (what you watch, what you listen to, what you read, and what you DON’T read), you are allowing another piece of your armor to fall.
You are allowing the enemy to enter into a small gap in your defenses.
The mind is the battleground. So stand inside your walls and see what gaps you may have where the enemy can sneak in.
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