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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.

Sometimes, 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 on fire. 
The cow jumped over the moon." 

(Pretty lame, huh?)

I didn't 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”.

Still not 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 was gone.

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.

See Also:

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.

Proper Prayer
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.

© by Joyce C. Lock

Joyce C. Lock is a published author, poet, and columnist. In addition, she founded and maintains the email ministries "Heavenly Inspirations" http://groups.yahoo.com/group/HeavenlyInspirations/ and "Share a Smile" http://groups.yahoo.com/group/smilesharing/ . Joyce's writings encourage us in our relationship with God and each other.

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