Summary: How to make your mind a temple of the Holy Spirit and overcome mental attacks from satan or personal negative thoughts.
The Psychological Warfare of Today's Christian!
Ephesians 6:10: Finally, my brothers, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.
Ephesians 6:11: Put on the whole armor of God so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
Ephesians 6:12: For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the world's rulers, of the darkness of this age, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Ephesians 6:13: Therefore take to yourselves the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Ephesians 6:14: Therefore stand, having your loins girded about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness
Ephesians 6:15: and your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace.
Ephesians 6:16: Above all, take the shield of faith, with which you shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
Ephesians 6:17: And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God,
Intro: Do we have any athletes in the building today? Really, what sports do you play (allow people to call their involvement aloud, call on a few if you have to). Top athletes perform today at levels never believed possible. Today we have athletic trainers, sport science and sports psychologist all contributing to the “new excellence” in sports today.
But, let's travel back a few years and revisit say, the 1940's and 1950's. At this time, we had trackers or runners and although they were talented, it was believed by all that no runner would ever be able to run a mile in less than 4 minutes. The doctors said it was physically impossible and that the heart could not pump enough blood to oxygenate the body properly and scientist claimed that our human anatomy was designed in such a way that it could not impossible and there was no way to bridge the gap; it was deemed impossible from the lips of “The Experts”! Now, I'm sure that all of the “Experts” had valid reasons as to why it was and impossible pipe dream and could “NEVER HAPPEN!” After all, they are the Experts!!!
In life, when you are told or when you decide that something just can't be done, you give yourself every kind of reason and justification as to why you just can't do it (Justify it).
At the end of the day though, we know that “the pundits” and “the experts” were wrong because at a track meet in Oxford, England on a windy spring day May 6, 1954, Roger Bannister ran a mile in 3 minutes, 59.4 seconds.
Why was he able to do it? That's simple, where others said, “impossible”, Roger Bannister decided it was possible and all he had to do was drop the I and the M which stands for the ideas of men!!!. “So, Roger began to focus himself on what was possible rather then impossible and with possibility came promise; with promise came hope and with hope came real tangible breakthrough. The sub-4 minute barrier was broken in the minds of the world; new ideas of performance and possibility replaced those old broken ideas. He demonstrated that the facts surrounding the impossibility of the sub-four minute mile was only a myth and not factual at all in reality.
The Next Impossible Barrier Would Be Bannisters Record but In less than 60 days, John Landy beat Roger Bannister's record with a finishing time of 3 minutes and 57.9 seconds. Within the year several other runners managed to run less than a four minute mile.
Just like the Sub-4minute mile, many of the barriers that hold us back in our spiritual lives are self-imposed; they only exist in our minds. So, if we begin to build up our minds, we just might be able to overcome many of the self-imposed barriers that have stunted our growth in Christ for years.
1. I MUST MAKE MY MIND STRONG FOR THE BATTLE!
Phi 4:5 Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.SPIRITUAL WARRIORS that win, keep their minds sharp by refueling it with godly thoughts every single day.
1Pe 1:13 Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;
The loins is the reproductive area of the human body and so our mind is the reproductive area of our spirit and it must be girded up with the word and the holy ghost
Proverbs 23:7: For as he thinks in his heart, so is he!
We all have heard of the a person's MINDSET; our minds are set (or programmed) by our thinking patterns and beliefs. Afterward, our mindset results in our behavior and conversation.