There is a war that we are faced with but not the kind that you may think of. This war is not against a country or ideology but it is the battle that rages in the mind of every Born Again Believer! While this war may be more intense in the minds of some than others, the premise still remains the same. Defeat in our lives is often not the result of outward circumstances but we are often defeated before we ever embark upon pursuing victory because we are defeated first in our minds! Lying thoughts may come to us that say, “You will never be successful,” “You have made too many mistakes,” or “things will never get better.” As a result of these negative thoughts, we become depressed and our physical energy and strength can even become depleted! We become imprisoned to an invisible cage that exists only in our mind. The ultimate source of these lies is the enemy but may be the byproduct of things you heard from a parent growing up, an abusive spouse, social norms, or even your own expectations that you have failed to meet.
We must learn to say what God says about as Believers and our identity in Christ despite our feelings or outward circumstances. God says that we are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:21) and that we accepted in the Beloved (Ephesians 1:6). We must reject lying thoughts that do not line up with God’s Word the moment they come into our minds. We cannot afford to consider them or even meditate on them for a split second. Second Corinthians 10:5 instructs us to cast down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God (NLT)! When depressing thoughts come to our mind, through the power of God we must immediately give them no consideration, cast them out of our minds, and speak God’s Word as Jesus did in the fourth chapters of Matthew and Luke! You cannot win an argument with the devil so it is best that you don’t even engage in conversation with him in your mind! He has been around a lot longer than you and is very crafty. He will reason and rationalize in your mind as to why God’s Word will not work in your life and the reason you should feel condemned like a prosecutor that prosecutes a case. Revelations 12:10 refers to him as the “accuser of our brethren.” Nonetheless, Jesus Christ has defeated him on the cross by rising from the dead and taking our guilt and shame (Colossians 2:15, Revelation 1:18, and 1 Peter 2:24). All the enemy possesses now though is the ability to deceive us in our thought life if we engage in conversation with him. We are more than conquerors (Romans 8:37) because of what Christ has done though and greater is He than is in us than he that is in the world (1 John 4:4). Understand your identity in Christ, stand on God’s Word, and don’t engage in a conversation with the enemy!