Key Verse: “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” Philippians 4:8 (KJV)
Lately I have found myself and my family constantly engaged in what I’ve deemed a “Battlefield of the Mind.” It seems we are constantly
bombarded with the thoughts of not being good enough, not being skinny enough, not working hard enough, no one likes me, I don’t have any friends and on and on it goes. So it got me thinking. Why? Why is this such a struggle in our minds, then it hit me. If Satan can get our thought life, he’s got us.
You see, in Philippians 4:8 it tells us specifically what to think on. Why? Because that’s what is good for us. Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians to take captive EVERY thought and make it obedient to Christ. So, if our minds are constantly
distracted by the negativity around us and the feelings of not being enough then we aren’t focusing on being obedient to Christ. That’s where Satan wants us.
When we can’t reach our spouse and our minds go off on a rabbit trail that ends with destruction instead of praying and trusting God;
Satan won again. When we or our children are sick and we have diagnosed ourselves or them with everything fatal, after hours of scouring the internet, instead of praying and trusting the Lord. Satan won again.
I believe in being vigilant, but I have found success in this formula: if it doesn’t fall into the categories listed in Philippians, I don’t think about it. So when I can’t reach my spouse, is it true that whatever happened leads to
destruction, not at this point, so I trust God and think on something that is true. Is it true that I am dying of some fatal disease after searching the internet and I am fully convinced of it, not yet anyway, so why worry about it? Satan steals our peace by having us imagine the stupidest things.
Can I encourage you to think on things that are true and not let
Satan steal your peace? There are times it seems impossible, but I know one thing. God is bigger.
Lord, I pray that You would help us to think on the things listed in Your Word, the Bible. Help us to plant this verse deep in our souls and if our thoughts don’t meet the criteria, I pray we, like Paul, would take captive that thought and think on something that is true, honest, pure, lovely, of good report, virtuous and praise worthy. We want to have the minds of Christ, O God. Thank you Jesus, Amen.
Maybe you need work in this area, like I do. Make it a point today to memorize this Scripture. Print it off and hang it up so you know what thoughts to think about. Help your kids to see that these are the thoughts to think about and pray that God would help you win the Battlefield of Your Mind.