Battlefield of Your Mind

© E. E. Perry 2001
"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. 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" (2 Corinthians 10:3-5).

Satan is out to get you. He plants thought-mines in your head. Without the Armor of God, you run the risk of exploding one of these mines. These mines show up as prejudice, disbelief, evil thoughts, and doubt. The battle Satan wages against God takes place on the battlefield of your mind. As a Christian, you are a soldier for God, and Satan attacks your mind to keep your from doing God's will.

In his epistle, James tells us what happens when we sin: "Each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death" (James 1:14, 15). Sin starts out as a desire or an evil thought. Once Satan plants the thought-mine, we are tempted to act on the thought. When we give in to the thought, sin results. James reminds us that the result of sin is death.

Jesus warned us about thought-mines: "I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart" (Matthew 5:28). Though Jesus spoke about adultery, we can apply this to any sin. Once Satan plants the mine and we let the desire grow, we allow the sin to take control. The phrase "..looks at a woman lustfully.." suggest that the person has dwelled on the thought-mine and has given it consideration.

How can you stop them from being planted? How do we combat these thought-mines? You cannot stop Satan from planting them, but you can combat them. Paul tells us to "..take captive every thought.." and "..make it obedient to Christ." The best way to combat these thought-mines is prayer. Through prayer, we give these mines to Christ and allow Him to defuse them. Once you have prayed about an evil thought, you have done two things: You have confessed you had the thought and you have given it over to Christ.

We should keep short accounts with God. This means confessing sin when it happens, praying about evil thoughts as they occur, and doing as Paul suggested in 1 Thessalonians 5:17, "pray continually." We should always be ready to pray.

We have all done bad things and later said, "I didn't even think about it." More often, the opposite is true. We thought about it and reacted quickly. We do few things purely on instinct, but we often react quickly to our thoughts. Question every thought you have, and if the thought is contrary to scripture, pray about it.

Satan is at work, planting thought-mines. They come from many sources: advertising, television, movies, other people... I do not claim these things as evil, but Satan does use them as tools. Note that these things can also be used for good. Satan builds mine fields in the hearts and minds of Christians and non-Christians. The more mines, the less room for the good defenses of Christ. Prayer is our mine sweeper. Through prayer, we can clear out these mines as Satan plants them.

Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission.

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