I started a new devotion today through You Version. It is Joyce Meyer’s Battlefield Of the Mind and I wanted to share it with you.
It is very evident that satan is here to steel, kill, and destroy us! It is clear that he begins with marriages! When he can attack and destroy that which was promised as a covenant relationship in the site of The Lord, he can attack and destroy the children involved and even other family members. The consequences of being hateful, fighting all the time, speaking unkindly to each other, being unfaithful in mind, spirit, and or in the physical are dangerous! These actions cause pain, unforgiveness, and hate which in turn cause your life to become a cycle of these types of relationships. It then spreads to others. Some fall into drugs, some are confused about their sexuality, some turn to hate crimes, some turn to violence, and the list goes on. What started this whole thing? Selfishness and fleshly desires that spiral out of control. How do we get to this point? We allow our thoughts to become actions. Temptation will arise… Jesus was tempted. Temptation is not sin, but partaking in temptation is! So what do you do when you are tempted to fall into sin?… Fall into the Word! Make your thoughts line up with the Word of God by feeding you heart and mind the Word of God! 🙂 -Rachel
Joyce Myers – Battlefield of the mind:
“How could you?” Helen screamed. “How could you ever do such a thing?”
Tom stared helplessly at his wife. He had committed adultery, faced his sinful actions, and asked his wife to forgive him.
“I never planned for an affair to happen,” Tom said with tears in his eyes.
Tom wasn’t lying. He knew he was making a few bad choices, but he hadn’t looked ahead at the consequences of his actions. After almost an hour of pleading, he said something that helped Helen begin to understand and eventually to forgive.
“I was unfaithful to you before I ever committed adultery.” He spoke of their being too busy to spend time together, his critical attitude, her lack of emotional response, her not listening to him when he talked about problems at the office.
That’s exactly how Satan works. He begins by bombarding our minds with cleverly devised patterns of irritation, dissatisfaction, doubts, fears, and reasonings. He moves slowly and cautiously (after all, well-laid plans take time).
Tom began to doubt that Helen truly loved him. She didn’t listen, and she didn’t always respond to his amorous moods.
One of his coworkers listened. One time she said, “Helen doesn’t deserve a warm, caring man like you.” (Satan also worked in her.) Each time Tom took a tiny step off the right path, he justified his actions in his mind: If Helen won’t listen to me, there are people who will.
The coworker listened. Weeks later, he hugged her and wished he could feel that caring response from his wife. It was a harmless embrace–or so it seemed.
Tom didn’t grasp that Satan is never in a hurry. All he needs is an opportunity to inject unholy, self-centered thoughts into our heads. If we don’t kick them out, they stay. And he can continue his evil, destructive plan.
We don’t have to allow those wrong thoughts to take residence in our heads. For the weapons of our warfare are . . . mighty before God. . . . [We] refute arguments and theories and reasonings and every proud and lofty thing that sets itself up against the [true] knowledge of God; and we lead every thought and purpose away captive into the obedience of Christ . . . (2 Corinthians 10:4-5).
Lord Jesus, in Your name, I cry out for victory. Enable me to bring every thought into obedience. Help me not to allow Satan’s words to stay in my mind and steal my victory. Amen.