Thursday, November 12, 2009

The Battle

My friend’s doctor told him to lose twenty pounds to avoid health problems. He has never focused on food, eating whatever was available. After hearing the word, “diet,” his thoughts became focused on food. For the first time in his life, he is thinking of food he shouldn’t eat. Dieting has produced a battle in his mind.

We all face the battle of the mind.

Christ Jesus understood the battle within the mind.  Examine the moment in time recorded in the gospel of Matthew:
Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, "My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will." (Matthew 26:39)

Christ Jesus won the battle as told in
Philippians 2:8b:

“. . . And carried His obedience to the extreme”:
Obedience requires intention and action, which begins within the mind.

Ultimately, obedience requires thoughts of disobedience to be surrendered and let go from the thought process. While obedience becomes easier for the individual who repeatedly chooses to obey; the battle of the mind is not easily won.

The ancient King David explained to his son that God knows what occurs in the battle zone of the mind:
And you, Solomon my son, know the God of your father [have personal knowledge of Him, be acquainted with, and understand Him; appreciate, heed, and cherish Him] and serve Him with a blameless heart and a willing mind. For the Lord searches all hearts and minds and understands all the wanderings of the thoughts. If you seek Him [inquiring for and of Him and requiring Him as your first and vital necessity] you will find Him; but if you forsake Him, He will cast you off forever! (I Chronicles 28:9)

Examine the battle of your mind.
Determine what thoughts battle with the will of God.
Choose to think and act in extreme obedience.
Celebrate winning battles in the combat zone of your mind.

Worship: Josh Wilson: Savior Please
I need Your presence and power to win the battle of the mind.

Learning with you to KICK START the day . . . to win the battle of the mind,
Pastor Kerrie

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