Wednesday, November 13, 2013

The Mind Battle

I just finished watching the movie “The Polar Express” with my children. It is one of our favorite Christmastime movies. At the end, the little boy gets his ticket punched with the word, “believe”. Of course the movie was talking about Santa Claus, but my mind went straight to John 3:16… “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” I know I believe in Jesus, but do I really believe He can…mend a broken heart, heal my sick and ailing Aunt Carol, make whole those addicted to drugs, save the lost soul, and break the sins of many generations?
My heart says unequivocally a resounding…YES, but within the confines of my mind I hear the echo of doubt. Because if I really, really believed; I would not worry, I would not fear the unknown, and I would not question whether my prayer really matters or makes a difference. I would not skip a single day or miss the opportunity to spend time with my Savior and worship and praise Him. I would stand tall always with never a slouched shoulder of despair…right?
But this is life…happening at its very best….good vs. evil. The whispers of the Spirit within my soul far outweigh the battle within my mind. Satan already has the lost (those who don’t believe in Jesus), he wants to win me the God lover, Christ seeker, and believer. He would like nothing better than to “bring me over to the dark side”, but he can’t and it drives him crazy. I have already been claimed with a ransom…Jesus blood, His death, and resurrection.
I cannot allow my mind to hold me prisoner or make me a slave to my human persuasion.  The mind is where Satan thrives and builds strongholds of doubt, fear, and anxiety. And if I do not take the negative thought captive and replace it with the knowledge of who I am in Christ Jesus, the unbelief arises. I must remember I am the beloved daughter of the great I Am…a princess in the eyes of my King Jesus.

“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.”

~II Corinthians 10:5


Stacy Baldwin said...

Well said, this is very encouraging...You have so many great lines. I particularly like this one

"but within the confines of my mind I hear the echo of doubt."

how true this is, but we will reign victorious through the blood of Jesus Christ, Our Lord!

RETA said...

Shannon ~ well said!!!!! What a beautiful post! Thank you!