“These are the people who divide you, who follow mere natural instincts and do not have the Spirit. But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.” Jude 1:19–21
Dear Heavenly Father – Thank you for the opportunity to read your word and be encouraged directly from you. Thank you for growth. Please help everyone reading to guard their minds and hearts so you are glorified in us. Please open our understanding to what you have for us today. In the name of Jesus – Amen
It is a day to be encouraged by the scriptures. A day to say: “It is written!” Therefore I believe it and that settles it. Let me challenge you to try to memorize some of these – they shall be our battle cry when the mind becomes a battle field. The words of the Lord are not fallible and never return void. I can tell you with confidence that: The Lord says…..
“No weapon that is formed against you will prosper; and every tongue that accuses you in judgment you will condemn.” Isaiah 54:17 NASB
Yes, it shall be formed and yes, you’ll be accused – but the battle is the Lords. Just hang back covered in His mercy and grace and let Him fight the battle. But also – praise Him. I have learned so many times it is our minds that stress and get worked up over the battle that we sabotage ourselves and God’s plan. Hang back and just praise Him. Just start singing and worshiping! God shall be glorified and God cannot fail.
“You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.” 1 John 4:4 NIV
One of the most blessed things about having this relationship with God is that He calls us His children. We are His babies. Just last night I was praying over a situation that hurt my feelings and I just said, “Daddy, it hurts” as I cried. My Daddy gave me instant peace. He has overcome the world, the circumstances that hurt me, and the battle over my mind. It is finished and He has won. So there is no need for us to rail against it all in struggle when we can give it to our Daddy and He can give us peace.
“For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:3-5
Our very loving and merciful God is also a waring God. Ask for a relationship with Him you are automatically enlisted in the army of God. It’s not very comforting when you first learn; but there is a very real enemy and he wants to kill, steal and destroy YOU! What better attack on your enemy than to kill, steal or destroy your enemies’ children??
But as always, God’s ways are not our ways. Our weapon is prayer and the Bible. The strongholds inside of us cannot stand – neither will the strongholds in the people we are interceding for.
Every argument is at the mercy of us – we have an experience. We know our Father. And every pretension and doubt should be torn down and thoughts that raises it’s self against our Father is to be taken captive. Did you understand? Again, so we understand the instructions:
Every argument, reasoning, thinking, conception, device, pretension, barrier, bulwark, presumption, and doubt is to be torn down and/or destroyed. So when faced with these things our response is either “It is written… [and insert appropriate scripture]” or if we do not have the verse in our head, immediately we pray for it to be torn down and/or destroyed. We aren’t to cast it out or bind it or rebuke it – learn the appropriate responses and have more effective prayers.
So first is the thoughts of others in the form of argument, reasoning, thinking, conception, device, pretension, barrier, bulwark, presumption, and doubt (which are to be torn down or destroyed).
And then “take captive every thought”, these are our thoughts. When it happens we catch ourselves – catch that thought. It is to bel held accountable to the word of God and obedience. If the thought is wrong tell it so and then fill you mind with the things the Lord tells us to think on. What is that, you ask?
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.” Philippians 4:8 NIV
If you know me, I bet you are surprised I did not use the King James Version for this. Someday I really need to transfer my study on this verse over to this blog. It is a short study that goes through it word by word. Although the word in and of themselves are pretty self-explanatory.
So here is a thought on how to use this to guard your mind – when you start to worry, have anxious thoughts, and they are difficult to bring under obedience – I often recommend to my friends to try to memorize this verse (in King James Version). The act of memorizing scriptures is thinking on the things we should be thinking on and this verse is hard enough that it requires enough focus that we are no longer submitting to worry or anxiety or fear. And I suggest King James because it has a rhythm to it that will actually make it a little easier (I am not trying to torture anyone).
“I sought the LORD, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.” Psalm 34:4 NIV
All my fears. I heard someone (cannot remember who) recently say something down the lines of: what you fear, you do not trust God with. In practical application is looks like this: you fear covid-19 – therefore you do not trust God with your health. You fear your enemy – therefore you do not trust God’s protection. You fear losing your job – you do not trust that God will provide. You fear being vulnerable – you do not trust God’s love.
What is more interesting than looking at it that way is that for every one of those there is a Bible promise and God is faithful and always keeps His promises. He heard you and answered before you knew you needed an answer.
I also recognize that there are fears that do not fall into this category and they are usually associated with a demonic influence. But God has still heard you and has made a way. Through prayer and fasting this fear too can be cast out. Just pray; “be cast out”. No worrying about where to, Jesus just cast it out so all we need to do is cast it out. We don’t need a name. Every name must submit to the name of Jesus and he said just cast it out. No praying that it is bound or rebuked. That isn’t what Jesus did and we aren’t in a position to improve upon His example. Just cast it out. Out, out, out! Out of you, your family, your house, etc. Then pray the Holy Ghost come and back fill that space. Whoo-hoo! More room for Jesus and the Holy Spirit fire! Amen?!
There are so many more scripture to encourage you and myself with regarding protecting our minds. So I think, if the Lord wills, we shall continue tomorrow.
These verses build faith and trust in our Father. As we develop a closer relationship with Him, His words remind us that He is always near to us and already has a plan. He is ready to be part of our minds and part of the process to heal, protect and transform our minds – and give us peace. I tell you these things because I love the Father and therefore love his children.
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