THE MIND is not the enemy. It is the attack point, the weak place where the enemy seeks to break through in order to steal, kill, and destroy. And he is relentless. He will not stop searching for a way inside, to do damage.
Wrong ideas, wrong beliefs, wrong opinions, leave us vulnerable to his deception. If he can cause us to accept what is not true, to see untruth as true, then we give a foothold to fear, anxiety, depression, anger, and other deadly thought patterns. Next thing we know, we are blaming God for how we feel instead of rolling the care of it over onto the One who died for us.
John 10 compares us to sheep in God’s pasture where Jesus is the door and the only way in and out. The thief climbs in some other way; he goes over the fence, where it is broken, seeking to do destroy.
Renew the mind and you strengthen the fence. You eliminate the weak spot.
How do you do that? How do you change your thinking? You put the Words of Almighty God first place. What is in your heart is what you will speak. When you are squeezed by difficult people and tough circumstances, what comes out? Do you have compassion? Do you pray for them? Or do you complain and criticize? Are you panicked? Suicidal? Then you have a weak place that needs rebuilding.
The first step toward becoming strong is to know the Word. It must become irreplaceable and unchangeable. It must become the final truth. Second, recognize you have a weak place. Know that your thinking is wrong, even if you aren’t sure yet of why or what is correct. Third, seek God’s face. Seek His wisdom. The Spirit of God will bring you the revelation you need. He delights to do it. The Author of the Book cannot wait to explain it to you.
Lastly, spend time in worship. In the presence of God is healing. Lift up His name and His goodness. Remind yourself of who He is – Savior, Redeemer, Deliverer, Abundant Life. Because this life of faith is one of intimate relationship. The whole purpose of Jesus becoming the door was to connect us to the Father. The Father cannot wait to speak to you and shower you with great peace and joy. He longs to fill you with His Spirit, and His Holy Spirit only has your good at heart. He will never destroy hope or bring confusion. He will never create a weak place for the enemy to enter.
Jesus will never tear down the fence. He will never say or do anything that scatters the sheep. He came to rescue those at the mercy of the enemy because of a weak place. He came to mend the fence and make us as strong as He is. He endured mental anguish, scorn and mocking and derision, He shouldered the enemies lies, so that we could be strong.
We choose how to think. We choose peace. We choose joy. We choose forgiveness. We decide to alter our point of view to God’s point of view and, in so doing, find restoration of our soul. A healthy mind is a God-focused one, and a God-focused mind turns the tables on the enemy. What he has tried to destroy now becomes a weapon and the Word of God in your heart a death-defying sword.
“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith.” (1 Peter 5:8-9)
“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” (Romans 12:2)
“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7)
Suzanne D. Williams, Author