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HOW LONG MUST I WRESTLE WITH MY THOUGHTS AND EVERY DAY HAVE SORROW IN MY HEART? HOW LONG WILL MY ENEMY TRIUMPH OVER ME? Psalm 13:2

THE OCCUPATION OF OUR MINDS

Prior to becoming Christians our minds were enemy territory, blinded and bound by Satan. He set up ’strongholds of arguments’ and ’strongholds of pretensions’ so as to defend his stolen territory and also to keep God out. Satan knows that if he can control or influence our thought patterns or dictate our mind set he can prejudice our whole outlook on life.

STRONGHOLDS (ochuroma) this term is only found once in the New Testament {see 2Cor 10:4}, it is a military term used when building or declaring a fortress to be impregnable when under attack. A military stronghold was used as a vantage point to keep a lookout for the enemy, also as a control tower. Leaders or commanding officers would station themselves at strategic points to control a counter-attack. A stronghold gives the RIGHT to RULE and REIGN and is used to keep one’s authority secure. Paul uses this military imagery to show the strength of the evils one’s occupation of our minds and to what lengths he will go to keep them as his territory.

Satan’s stronghold are built in our minds in the shape of ’arguments’ and ’pretension.’ They are used to control our thinking in relation to the things of God. {see 2Cor 10:5}

ARGUMENTS these are intellectual and emotional towers raised in objection to the Gospel or the truth that sets us free from Satan’s bondage. Many people today repeat the same arguments that bring doubt and deception to their thinking concerning the things of God. Arguments follow these line; " If there is a God then why does He allow war and famines?" "God has never done any thing for me!" "I don’t need God" "Church is full of hypocrites" or "Nobody in that Church ever loved me"

Arguments in our mind can lead us to say what we may one day regret. If we take the advice of James and think before we speak we may realise we do not have the Mind of Christ.

What you say!

What you say in a hurry, May cause you much worry;

So weight your words well - What you’d say.

Ill-chosen expressions, Oft give wrong impressions

So think first, then speak, It will pay.

PRETENSIONS these are ’lofty things’ pretensions of the truth rather than arguments against the truth. Pretensions are anything that claims a higher place than God - that sets itself up as of more importance than the things of God in our minds. Pretensions even seek to make us proud, believing we don’t need God or anyone else.

Stronghold are build up in our minds with REASONABLE LIES which become RUTS OF THINKING or a mind set you cannot seem to break free from. Satan attacks our thinking with lies that sound plausible and acceptable {see the story of Eve in the Garden, Gen 3}. They maybe reasonable lies about God, about others, even yourself. However, they will be contrary to Scripture and will be used to bring us into a rut of thinking, so that we follow the same route of thinking and are held in that rut that leads us away from God.


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