Have you ever heard of Joyce Meyer’s book, “The Battlefield of The Mind”? Yeah. That title is 100% accurate. My mind truly is a battlefield. It’s where the enemy attacks me, and most of the time, wins. He’ll feed me a thought, I’ll chew on it, swallow it, digest it, and then become completely consumed by it. It doesn’t matter whether its truth or a lie. I will get lost in my mind, to the point where I am bothered, anxious, and upset. If I’m bound in my mind and emotions, I cannot fully serve the Lord. That is demonic oppression 101.
Last night, I received prayer and the Lord gave me instruction. He told me to stop thinking about what a certain person is doing. The instruction slightly perplexed me because I thought I had moved past all of that. I used to think about him daily. But now, he had become a fleeting thought.
That’s it. A Fleeting thought.
Have you ever had a moment where you are minding your business, living life, and suddenly you think about a person or situation that used to cause you hurt and pain? That’s a fleeting thought. And 9 times out of 10, the thought isn’t from you.
So, today, the fleeting thought happened. I was on Facebook, minding my business, when I saw something that made my mind wonder. I immediately remembered the instruction that the Lord gave me. And I said out of my mouth, “I rebuke that thought in the name of Jesus.” I openly came against it. You see, if I sat there and dwelt on it, I would’ve found myself 10 steps backwards feeling hurt, pain, unforgiveness, and rejection.
It sounds trivial, but these are the ways that the enemy gets in. He doesn’t want us free. He wants us bound.
How can I freely worship the Lord with unforgiveness sitting on my chest? How can I pray when my mind is constantly wondering about situations/persons that I have no control over? How can I move forward if I’m mentally stuck in the past?
The Bible says that Satan comes to steal, kill, and destroy. (John 10:10) If he can get me all bound up in my emotions, he can more easily come in to do those three things. We have to be cognizant of his devices so that we recognize them and shut it down. 2 Corinthians 2:11
I’m just so thankful that I won this battle today. I didn’t allow the enemy to get a foothold. I shut those thoughts down as soon as they came. You see, God has great plans for me. He has made me some pretty awesome promises and I know that He is good on His word. I can’t allow the enemy to discourage me, cause me to doubt, and keep me from all the Lord has for me. I refuse! I will not be controlled by my emotions. I will not be confined to the prison of a mind infiltrated by Satan. The Lord has given me a sound mind. In Him I am free! And I plan to keep it that way.
2 Corinthians 2:11
2 Timothy 1:7