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9 Ways To Win The Battle – Part 3

Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. Philippians 4:8 (NKJV)

We are looking at a devotional series titled, 9 Ways To Win The Battle. We are looking at ways to win the battles against the enemy’s temptations, this world’s distractions, and strongholds of sin within our lives.  It’s those times when the enemy can get us to take our eyes off of God, and put them on something else—things distracting us, taking our time, and causing strongholds in our Christian walk. 

Today we will be looking at the fifth way to win the battles with temptations, distractions, and strongholds.

5. We need to think properly! (2 Cor 10:5)

Simply put—our thought life is going to determine every one of our actions.  When we think on something long enough, it will affect our actions to some extent.  Think of how certain people may have offended you in the past.  When you think about their actions, and offenses, chances are you will be inclined to feel something—the deeper the hurt and offense, the deeper the emotion when thought upon. If thought upon long enough, chances are your emotions spiked, your anger may have aroused, and you might have even commented on this person to someone else by sharing how you were hurt, or speaking negatively against them.  

Satan cannot read our minds, but he can shoot fiery arrows (Eph 6:16) in the form of evil thoughts into our mind.  When these thoughts hit our mind, we need to recognize them for what they really are—temptation.  We must take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ!  We need to get rid of any thought going through our brain that does not line up with God’s Word.

So, if we are to use the same analogy of thinking about someone who has offended us in our past, we must now process our thoughts accordingly when the enemy tries to bring up the past offense in an attempt to stoke the coals of resentment, bitterness, anger, or revenge.  We need to remember we have forgiven them of this offense. If we have not, we need to stop right there and forgive them.  Once someone has been forgiven, it is over.  It is as if they have not sinned against us at all.  

For some, this may seem impossible.  Truth is we CANNOT do what God has asked us to do consistently in our own strength—we need to seek Him, and the strength and power of the Holy Spirit (See Eph 5:18).  God will give us the ability to do everything He has asked. He has given us mighty weapons to fight against any of the enemy’s schemes—weapons such as His word, prayer, and the power of the Holy Spirit.  We need to pick those weapons up, learn how to use them—and then choose to use them.  When we use our thoughts properly, we will harness the strength of these mighty weapons, and we will withstand the temptations, distractions, and remove any strongholds in our life. 

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 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 (NKJV).

I want to encourage you today to pay attention to every thought you are thinking upon.  

STUDY QUESTION: What can we learn about our thought life according to the Scriptures contained within this devotional?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you taking your thoughts captive, or are you allowing them to dictate your actions?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Choose to only think upon those thoughts you know to be good.  If you find yourself thinking upon things contrary to what God has asked us to think upon (Phil. 4:8), then get rid of those thoughts right away. Replace those thoughts with something good. 

PRAYER FOR TODAY: Father, thank You for giving me the ability to know what is good and bad. Help me to sift through the thoughts going through my mind, and to get rid of anything I shouldn’t be thinking upon. Help me to be disciplined in this area. In Jesus’ precious name, amen…


Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

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