Battles of the Mind
By Joyce C. Lock
If God is truly
God and in control of all things, then the battles we face, whatever they be,
are really only in the mind.
Satan is like a roaring lion, seeking
whom he may devour. The only power Satan has is to roar, except we give him
power over our minds.
Whatever we hope to accomplish by carrying
weights and burdens is futile. These are yokes God never intended us
to carry. The battle belongs to the Lord. In some instances, we have to
let go of it before He is free to take over.
But, whatever the case may
or may not be, there are times our minds become so worn that Satan seems
stronger than we are. In times like these, our vision isn't clear. Satan is
never stronger than God is and we are His heirs.
remembering truths we have already attained is helpful in calling Satan a
liar. My favorite remedy, that works even when I have no strength of my own,
is to block out Satan's lies and go to God in worship.
Once, I was so
far gone that I didn't know the problem and couldn't think of a Bible verse.
My brain was about fried. I was so low, had no idea why, and couldn't seem to
pull myself out of it.
I made up this horrible song with whatever
words came next. It started like this ...
"Satan is a liar.
His pants are
The cow jumped over the moon."
(Pretty lame, huh?)
feel like singing at all. There was no song in my heart. I couldn't have
worshiped if I’d tried. But, I kept singing and singing until the words
gradually transferred to words like “Jesus is the Victory”.
feeling the words, however repetitious it was, I kept singing until the words
gradually began to take on power. With each degree that I could better feel
God's presence, the burden felt lighter and lighter until the evil presence
There's a song about things fading in His presence and
the things of this world growing strangely dim, in the light of
His glorious face … absent in body, present in spirit. Sometimes, God
allows such circumstances to call us to take a vacation, to go away and just
be with Him.
Once, I think I spent a whole week at escaping with God.
It was so wonderful; I didn't want to come back. It is a guaranteed fix
for stress related high blood pressure.
Who Lives Your Life?
The objective is to gradually bring the whole of one's life under the domain of the Spirit. Then he lead our life. We do not lead it ourselves. And it is all the better for that!
Who Prays When You Pray?
When we pray, who does the praying? Almost any knowledgeable Christian will give the same response to that question. In fact, it is a questions which separates the
knowledgeable from the less knowledgeable Christian.
You can get closer to God and have better communication with Him if you are earnest and make efforts to so properly. The way we were originally taught.