Last night I had had enough and I knew I needed a change.
For the last two years—since taking rest from my activities—I have been bombarded with negative thoughts regarding my place in the world. As of late, they have gotten worst (I’ll tell you why in a moment).
But last night, I knew I had had enough. So I started searching my library frantically for Battlefield of the Mind by Joyce Meyers. After about 5 minutes of an unfruitful search another title caught my eye: The Three Battlegrounds by Francis Frangipane. In it Frangipane outlines an in-depth view of the three arenas of spiritual warfare: the mind, the church and the heavenly places.
I was hooked from the Introduction which reads:
This is a book about spiritual warfare. Before we proceed, however, I have two concerns. The first is our need for wisdom. There is an old European proverb worth heeding. It reads: “Age and treachery will always defeat youth and zeal.” Before you engage in spiritual warfare, we should know this about Satan: He is an ancient and extremely treacherous foe. On the other hand, the strength of most Christians lies primarily in idealism and untested fervor. It is not long, usually five to ten years in the ministry, and most zeal has waned. Without warning, the minister’s call has deteriorated from a walk of vision to a mere job.
With that I understood that I had forgotten about the war that had been waged against me. Lately, I have been ignoring the need to be diligent. Oh sure I would pray and fast but I had neglected to be mindful of the tricks of the enemy. In fact, I have gotten quite bored with “noticing” the tactics of the enemy, choosing rather to ignore them and act as if they weren’t happening. So when my “you’re so boring and disconnected from the world” thoughts would start, I would attempt to brush them to the side. BIG MISTAKE. That’s why the attacks were growing. The truth is the enemy will keep waging war rather I’m participating or not! And the mind is his battlefield.
So rather than ignoring the enemy’s tactics, I am reminded in Ephesians 6:22 to “put on the whole armor of God” and in I Peter 5:8 “Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”
Again, whether I choose to engage in war or not, Satan is always ready for battle. I can act clueless if I want and land myself in a mental institution!
So I’m ready. What about you? With Jesus on our side things will work out fine. Therefore, I declare that we are in a battle and we will win!
With God all things are possible,
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