Control Your Mind

2 Corinthians 10:3-5 NKJV For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ

John 10:10 NKJV The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

Look what satan did to Eve in the garden (Genesis 3). He tricked her in the mind first of all. Thoughts control feelings which control actions. First, he spoke to her mind, thoughts questioning God’s word. Then he showed Eve the fruit, enter desire. She saw the forbidden fruit, dwelled on it, then she succumbed and she ate. It was a process. It is the same age old process he uses against Christians today. His objective is to make us weak and ineffective as Christ followers.

Process of satan:

  • give us bad thoughts
  • get us to view unholy things
  • dwell on unholy thoughts
  • succumb to the temptations.

What if we take our thoughts captive like the Bible says? Since the battle starts in our mind, what if we choose not to view certain things that are not pure, like the Bible says? What if we dwell on the word of God, like the Bible says? There would be no succumbing then to sin. We could rise above! We could have power, wonder working power, running through our veins.

That is why we need to guard our minds and not dwell on the things that satan or the world puts in our minds. The Bible says in Philippians 4:8 ‘Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.’ I like to use the old adage, Garbage in….garbage out! So, if that is true, then good things in, good things out…power in, power out…you see where I am going with this. Proverbs 4:23 NIV tells us, ‘Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.’

Proverbs 23:7a NKJV For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.

Philippians 4:4-9 NLT

Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice! Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon.

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.

“I’m personally convinced that if todays Christians better understood the Bibles basic teaching about the Holy Spirit and that invited Him to release His power in their lives each day, they would experience unprecedented joy and personal fulfillment more than that our verbal and nonverbal witness for Jesus would sweep the world.”

Statement by Bill Bright in the Campus Crusade for Christ

Romans 6 NASB

Believers Are Dead to Sin, Alive to God

What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase? Far from it! How shall we who died to sin still live in it? Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death? Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too may walk in newness of life. For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin; for the one who has died is freed from sin.

Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, is never to die again; death no longer is master over Him. 10 For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all time; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. 11 So you too, consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus.

12 Therefore sin is not to reign in your mortal body so that you obey its lusts, 13 and do not go on presenting the parts of your body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness; but present yourselves to God as those who are alive from the dead, and your body’s parts as instruments of righteousness for God. 14 For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under the Law but under grace.

15 What then? Are we to sin because we are not under the Law but under grace? Far from it! 16 Do you not know that the one to whom you present yourselves as slaves for obedience, you are slaves of that same one whom you obey, either of sin resulting in death, or of obedience resulting in righteousness? 17 But thanks be to God that though you were slaves of sin, you became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching to which you were entrusted, 18 and after being freed from sin, you became slaves to righteousness. 19 I am speaking in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you presented the parts of your body as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness, resulting in further lawlessness, so now present your body’s parts as slaves to righteousness, resulting in sanctification.

20 For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in relation to righteousness. 21 Therefore what benefit were you then deriving from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the outcome of those things is death. 22 But now having been freed from sin and enslaved to God, you derive your benefit, resulting in sanctification, and the outcome, eternal life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gracious gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

We have 2 choices and it really is this simple.

  • Obey God OR
  • Be a slave to sin

It is our free will, free choice and we make it a hundred times a day.

James 4:8 NASB Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

Inward look (Not condemning just considering)

How many of us have said, “Why did Eve take that apple, I wouldn’t have taken it” or something similar? Yet, we all have apples in front of us, don’t we?  As we grow in the Lord, we are presented with trues from His word for our life. Do we change? Do we cooperate with God? Do we seek Him as to where we need to change in our life and then make every effort to change? Are there any bad habits that God has spoken to our hearts about to change, but we have pushed it down and stifled the Holy Spirit?

Romans 7:21-25 NLT I have discovered this principle of life—that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong. I love God’s law with all my heart. But there is another power within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me. Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord. So you see how it is: In my mind I really want to obey God’s law, but because of my sinful nature I am a slave to sin.

We all fail and fall short of the glory of God, but we have to get back up and try again. This is a battle of the mind. We need to see that and assume our position daily.

Dearest holy and heavenly Father,

Oh how we adore You. Thank You that You are light and in You is no darkness (1 John 1:5). We know that we can count on Your word, which is our truth (John 17:17). You are not a man that You should lie (Numbers 23:19). Help us to see, that, we are facing a daily battle for our mind. Satan wants us to be defeated. We claim the power of Your word in our battle with him. Your word which says to resist the devil and he will flee from you (James 4:7). Help us to claim more and more of Your word. Help us to walk in a way that is pleasing to You. We love You Lord and the only One we want to be a slave to is You. We hunger and thirst for Your righteousness (Matthew 5:6). Nothing else will do. Draw us in Lord for we submit to You and Your Lordship. You are our King. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

We are instructed to bear one another’s burdens, (Galatians 6:2) so if there are any prayer requests feel free to leave them in the comment section. I would be honored to pray with you. If it is more private you can always contact me via email at luckd61@yahoo.com I check that every day. Blessings to you all, till we meet again, tomorrow, if the Lord is willing. Peace.

Be empowered with the video below.

Let’s worship today with

What Love Looks Like by Elle Limebear

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Take Me In by Kutless

If you do not know Jesus but would like to know more about Him, please read the following blog titled, Never let Us Go. God bless. https://thefathersfeet.wordpress.com/2020/01/07/you-never-let-us-go/

For more on baptism read my blog titled, What is Baptism https://thefathersfeet.wordpress.com/2021/04/07/what-is-baptism/

Published by thefathersfeet

A lady that loves the Lord Jesus Christ and wants to follow Him wholeheartedly in every area every aspect of my life so that in the end I hear, "Well done thou good and faithful servant. Enter thou into the joy of the Lord." If you do not know Jesus but would like to know more about Him, please read the following blog titled, Never let Us Go. God bless. https://thefathersfeet.wordpress.com/2020/01/07/you-never-let-us-go/

7 thoughts on “Control Your Mind

  1. Excellent post, Donna. It’s the Philippian verses that have been the greatest help to me just recently. We really do need to set our minds and hearts on what is good and right, and to draw near to God. We can so easily be distracted by satan and the ways of the world. We need to be on guard every minute of each day, but the more we focus on God’s Word, it becomes so much easier to resist sinful distractions.

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    1. Yes, amen and well said, my friend. ♡♡♡ Hope you have a great day! You cooking out or anything special? We might be going on a family pedal bike ride. There is a 10 mile railroad trail we are thinking about. Hoping it doesn’t rain. Seems like the last 3 Sundays we have had rain and I just want to make some family memories!!! ♡ 🙂 I hope you get to garden, grill read write or do something that you enjoy as well. Hugs sister.

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      1. Hope you enjoyed your bike ride, Donna. I’ve had a lovely day just sitting out in the garden reading. Hugs to you too. x

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  2. Yes, Lord… “Draw us in Lord!” Welcome to memorial Day Sunday… may we be drawn in to You and remember Your sacrifice on this important day… and every day. Thank you, Donna, for your scriptures, songs, and meaningful prayer. Have a great day. ❤

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