The Battlefield of the Mind
Ephesians 6:17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God;
Where does the enemy wage war. Most of the time the battlefield happens in the mind. If you look at cults and new age teachings – they woudl always focus and target the mind thus the teachings on positive thinking without Christ, the law of attraction using your mind, the NLP techniques and such. The enemy knows that the mind is powerful and if he gets to win the war in the mind, he has a good chance of destroying you. Sickness like depression, worry and such are the works of the enemy.
The Scripture tells us to put on the helmet of salvation. The helmet has one purpose – to protect the mind. Satan would try to infiltrate our minds with godless truths. Once we accept this as truth- it becomes reality.
Paul urges us to not conform to the patterns of the world and encourages us to be tranformed by how?
Rom. 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.
Rom. 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
Transformed by the renewing of our mind. Paul knew the battleground is in our mind. And how do we transform the mind – by feeding it with the truth of the gospel. Sadly most Christians are served with half truths or incomplete gospel. Thus when you ask a Christian today to explain the gospel – you will receive hundreds of answers.
For a short defnition of the gospel here it is:
God made everything perfect including us, we sinned and distorted what God did, Man tried to reach God with his own effort to no avail, God send His Son Jesus to die on the cross for my sin. I deserve death and hell, Christ forgives, redeems and transforms us as we receive His grace and mercy.
Another thing about the mind is how we try to corrupt it with doubt, fear and unbelief. Jesus commanded us to think otherwise:
Phil. 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.
Watch what you put in your mind, it might be the turning point of your war with the enemy.