The Battle for Your Mind
A lot of folks have spoken lately of the battle they fight everyday in their minds. Depression, anxiety, discouragement, despair,- as compared to what they long for: Joy, peace, courage, and love.
It keeps calling to mind a devotion I read from Jesus Calling* by Sarah Young on September 19:
There is a mighty battle going on for control of your mind. Heaven and earth
intersect in your mind; the tugs of both spheres influence your thinking. I
created you with the capacity to experience foretastes of heaven. When you shut
out the world and focus on My Presence, you can enjoy sitting with Me in
heavenly realms. This is an incredible privilege reserved for precious ones who
belong to Me and seek My Face. Your greatest strength is your desire to spend
time communing with Me. As you concentrate on Me, My Spirit fills your mind
with Life and Peace.
The world exerts a downward pull on your
thoughts. Media bombards you with greed, lust, and cynicism. When you face these
things, pray for protection and discernment. Stay in continual communication
with Me whenever you walk through the wastelands of this world. Refuse to worry,
because this form of worldliness will weigh you down and block awareness of My
Presence. Stay alert, recognising the battle being waged against your mind. Look
forward to an eternity of strife-free living, reserved for you in
Ephesians 2:6; 6 and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,
Psalm 27:8; When You said, “Seek My face,”
My heart said to You, “Your face, Lord, I will seek.”
Romans 8:6; 6 For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
1 John 2:15-17 15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. 17 And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.
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