Summary: Books, TV, Movies, Advertisers, all battle for your mind. So does God and Satan. What kind of mind do you have? Strive to have the mind of Christ
THE BATTLE FOR YOUR MIND
Phil 2:5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
Believe me the Advertisers know the way to your pocketbook is through your mind. They spend millions on advertising to get you interested in their product.
Likewise Satan wants to interest you in Sin, but not telling you the end result of it. On the other hand the Holy Spirit is
is given to us to deliver us from the power of sin. He often reminds us of scripture and lesson’s taught in the scripture, to help us, but we must listen.
This is a warfare for your mind:
2 Cor 10:4.5 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
A key word in this verse is "imaginations" our mind’s are capable of all kinds of imaginations or mind sets.
Let’s look at some:
I/ Doubtful Mind - Luke 12:29 And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind.
When Satan questioned Eve in the garden, he caused her to doubt. In Gen 3:3 God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. In Gen 3:4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
Satan is the master liar and he will wreck your mind if you let him. He will distort your thought patterns and destroy your confidence in God. The Lie: God is against me. All your trouble is coming from God. He has let you down. You "imagine" that God is blessing others but not you. You become unhappy with your lot in life and blame God. Basically, you have listened to Satan’s lie and begin to doubt God’s love for you.
We must Guard against a doubtful mind! In Matt the 14th chapter Peter was walking on the water to come to Jesus when he took his eyes off Jesus and began to sink. Jesus said to him "O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?" Keeping our eyes on Jesus and being thankful for His blessings will help us to "keep the faith"
II/ Blinded Mind - 2 Cor 4:3,4 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
Minds are blinded by all kinds of Satan’s lies, Evolution, Situational Ethics, cults, world religions etc. Young people in college are most susceptible, having not been through enough testing in life or not grounded in the Bible they become easy prey for the intellectualism offered by many unbelieving teachers. Sometimes young people are sent off to war and experience horrible things in which Satan will blame God for not stopping.
Sin can also blind your mind to the truth of God’s word. Each sin is like a brick on a wall between you and God’s truth. The eyes of your mind become blinded or blocked off from the truth. The key to victory here, is to be willing to come to the light. Let yourself be exposed to the light of the word of God. Then the image of God will shine unto you and faith will be given to you.
III/ Closed Mind - 2 Tim 3:7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
Some will spend years in school, learning many unimportant things, none of which will bring lasting happiness. Their minds are closed to the truth because of sin. John 3:20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. Sadly the picture we see is of Christ standing outside trying to come in to the closed mind through the closed door. Rev 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. In order to understand the truth of Spiritual things one must first come to the Savior, confessing their sin and wanting Jesus to come into their heart. Then the Spirit of God will become the teacher.
IV/ Renewed Mind - Eph 4:23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;
We need to have our mind’s renewed after we are saved, because of our sin nature and our sin choices we made before we became Christians. Basically we need to surrender our minds to Christ.