Summary: When the Battle of the Mind and you win the war! The greatest battle is in Your Mind and the enemy knows that! That is why there is an all out assault on the Mind of the Christian!
THE BATTLE FOR THE MIND
The story was told by Dr. Donald Gary Barnhouse a Presbyterian Ministry & Radio Preacher and Editor of Eternity Magazine and Author. He lived with his family in France while in school. On their dinner table sat a little promise book that held about 200 promises from the Bible which was read each day at mealtime by his family.
One day, as a young man, he was able to lead a young French girl to Christ. Afterwards, she would often come to their house and saw the family reading these verses around the family dinner table and family altar. Not having one she made her own promise book out of slips of paper on her own.
During WWII she found herself in distress with no food available except for some meager potato peeling from a restaurant, her children were emaciated and their clothing mere rags. In desperation, one day, she cried out in despair, “Oh, Lord, is there a promise that I can have in all this? My children are hungry, they have no clothes, its cold, we live from day to day, meal to meal and we could die any day!”
Blinded by her tears she reached for her promise papers, the one she made herself, looking for a promise. As she reached for the promise papers she knocked them down off the counter and spilling them and showering them all over the floor and her lap. Not one paper was left in it’s place in the box. For a few moments she just fell down off the chair on her knees looking for a promise in the midst of her despair. With tears flowing she suddenly realized that it was not just one promise that was hers but all of God’s Promises were hers! Joy & Strength began to return to her life. She was immediately filled with hope and she was able to trust His Sufficiency in the hour of her greatest need!
FOLK, ALL HIS PROMISES ARE OURS!
Believe it or not, we may think & realize that all His Promises are ours but we don’t always have the “MIND-SET” to accept them as “OURS!” That is what I’ve been preaching for some weeks!
WE NEED TO CHANGE OUR MIND-SET IN ORDER TO RECEIVE THE BLESSINGS HE HAS FOR US!
Turn with me to Romans 8:31-39 and follow along with me. I want you to understand something that will bless you and encourage you!
I said a few moments ago “ALL HIS PROMISES ARE OURS!” That means not some, not a few, not most, not even 99% of them but “ALL OF THEM ARE OURS.” BUT HOW MANY OF US ACT ON ALL OF THEM!
FOR THE MOST PART WE DO NOT! BUT IT IS THOSE WHO “ACT ON ALL OF THEM” THAT SEEM TO HAVE THE MOST VICTORY! THEY WALK IN THE “POWER OF HIS TRUTH & HIS PROMISES!” THEY WALK IN THE “VICTORY” THAT GOD MEANT FOR US TO WALK IN!
There are many who walk in the “POWER OF HIS TRUTH & HIS PROMISES!” John Hagee is a man who walks in the “POWER OF HIS TRUTH & HIS PROMISES!”
He walks in an “UNCOMMON VICTORY” THAT MOST DO NOT KNOW OR EVER WILL KNOW! NOT BECAUSE THEY CAN’T BUT BECAUSE THEY “CHOOSE NOT TO!” I’LL GET TO THAT IN A LITTLE BIT!
I’M DETERMINED TO BECOME A “MAN OF VICTORY” SIMILAR TO WHAT HE IS!
IS IT EASY! ABSOLUTELY NOT! IS IT POSSIBLE! ABSOLUTELY! IT’S NOT EASY BUT IT IS POSSIBLE! SCRIPTURE TELLS US IN PHILIPPIANS 4:13 THAT “WE CAN DO ALL THINGS THROUGH CHRIST JESUS WHO STRENGTHENS US!”
Romans 8:31-39 has “#7 PROMISES” in it.
1. #31. If God be for us who can be against us?
2. #32. The one who didn’t spare His own son will (graciously) give us all things
3. #33. It is God who justifies
4. #34. Jesus is at the Right Hand of God interceding for us
5. #35. No one shall separate us from the love of God
6. #37. We are more than Conquerors
7. #39. No thing shall separate us from the love of God...
Folk, the enemy of our Lord & souls knows where the Battle really is when it comes to His children! The enemy knows how to wage war on the Children of God and we need to know and understand how he does that and how to effectively win against his tactics!
The enemy knows the scripture! He was there when it was written, he was an insider before his fell from his power and position. He knows the promises I just read to you and he knows that he CANNOT SEPARATE YOU FROM THE POWER & LOVE OF GOD HIMSELF! SCRIPTURE ALREADY TELLS US! I JUST TOLD YOU THAT STRAIGHT FROM ROMANS 8! SO HOW DOES HE ATTACK US!