“The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers.” 1 Peter 4:7 ESV
Dear Heavenly Father – Thank you for your mercy and grace. Thank you for your help with controlling my mind and maintaining me in your grace. Thank you for loving me. Thank you for growth. In the name of Jesus – Amen
What a wild ride, walking with Jesus can be!!! I learned to fight for my freedom, I learned to submit to God in all my ways, I learned to trust Him in the trials, I learn about my deliverance, I learn to be strong in Him when tired, I learn Joy unthinkable and full of glory, and I learned that it is all Him – I did not learn except He revealed it to me! Then I let my guard down – I let my imagination rise up and play out selfish scenarios. In my joy – I thought of the victories of God but then let my imagination play them out in a way in with I was avenged, I was justified in me, I was found faultless and not necessarily for the glory of God. What a battle ground is in me when my flesh won’t die so easily!!!
“Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Matthew 26:41 NIV
“For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice.” Romans 7:19 NKJV
Let’s rewind: “The end of all things is at hand”. Such profound truth. Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. The time is NOW – if you cannot choose to submit yourself to obedience to Christ now and say you will once you see the rapture – you will not have the strength and ability to stand for Christ then. You must build your foundation and work out all the kinks NOW. The urgency is substantial.
Yet knowing this and actively choosing to obey – I still find my mind a battle field.
“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;” 2 Corinthians 10:5 KJV
Maybe this verse should have started this study? This is an order, a command, we are told here this is what we need to do – Harness our minds! Yes, it is a struggle. So when I let my mind wander off – I went and captured it. I repented of this sin – confessing and asking forgiveness. I could see how this could, would, was leading to more sin – Pastor Tom always says: “sin will take you places you never thought you would go” and let me add that it happens faster than you realize and before you are even aware. But there is therefore now no condemnation (Romans 8:1). Repent and move on.
So you say, “But I struggle with it – I am NOT intentionally continuing in sin. I try not to but I keep falling into it.” I understand all too well. First, I confess – my mind can be extremely unruly and even I am shocked by the thoughts that pop in there – and second, I realized your struggle may not be your mind. Whatever it is the answers are the same, and in any case your mind must be harnessed (as we read in the post about temptation – it is our minds that often tempt us.)
“Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” Ephesians 6:17 NLT
This was written to a church full of people who have salvation – so you would think that if they have salvation, then why would they need to put on the helmet of salvation? Are they not already saved?
When we are saved we are no longer conformed to this world, we are supposed to be made new. If we are not made new – we are not growing in the Lord and in obedience. We can have salvation and not wear it (which I am sure will lead to falling away).
“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:2 ESV
I have a friend who confesses Jesus is Lord with such amazing accuracy of all Biblical principles and solid doctrine. I wish I could proclaim my belief with such eloquence and conviction. However, he has not been transformed. He is in bondage to many blatant sins, so much so that he lacks loves and I questioned if he was indeed saved. He is saved by the skin of his teeth and I pray the Lord finds him faithful enough to enter heaven – NO! Rather: Dear Heavenly father, pour out transforming conviction, break his chains and loose him, set him on fire, fill him with the Holy Spirit! God forbid him to continue in sin that grace might abound!!! Chase down that child of yours and free him to serve you in obedience!!! In Jesus Name we pray – Amen!
And isn’t that what it all boils down to. Sometimes it is a stronghold or a bondage. Lord Jesus, by your stripes we are healed, freed, and released! The battle is finished – therefore release us from bondage and stronghold, please, according to your word. Transform us by the renewing of our minds – Capture our mind and be glorified in them. Amen
Putting on the helmet of salvation is the transforming of our mind – bringing our thoughts into obedient submission to Christ. Notice the helmet covers our head and minds. Our salvation is a free gift from Christ – our response is to be faithful in obedience through grace; and THAT IS our helmet of salvation! Our head covered in the proper authority, and covered with the grace and healing of the cross, and covered with the fruit of self-control.
In 1 Corinthians 10:13 it says when we are tempted and struggle he makes a way out and sometimes that way out is just us recognizing the situation and us saying no. I am not participating in this. I have control over my mind. I have control over what situation I participate in. I have authority over myself and over demonic influences and I say enough! It is ok to walk away. It is ok to say no. It is ok to take control over yourself. It doesn’t usually require God’s intervention, and it usually requires obedience.
“Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” James 4:7 NIV
I must control my mind. Period. That is the end all. The end of all things, so to speak. There may be a spiritual battle for my mind – but it is my responsibility to choose obedience and stand strong in my commitment to Him.
He is a Holy and Righteous God who graciously loves us and wants a relationship with Him. And He loves us through the process of working to be who he wants us to be.
If you don’t already, and today you would like to have a relationship with a God who can communicate with you and be part of your life (and protect you) – one who is full of mighty power and tender love, then please know that I have put the “A, B, C’s of Salvation” in my introduction. Please click here to follow the link.**
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