Have you ever stopped to realize what you actually say to yourself within your own mind? This dialogue is called self-talk and it goes on automatically 24 hours a day; it’s something like breathing. If you take the time to listen to this self-talk you would be pretty amazed at what you might hear. You see the reason it goes on all of the time is because we have developed thinking patterns based on past conclusions or associations; we then store that information within our subconscious and it naturally integrates within our daily automatic self-talk or thought-life.
Sadly many Christians still have not learned the importance and value of ruling the mind with God’s word. God’s word is alive, active and sharper then any double-edged sword piercing to the division of soul and spirit and a discerner of the thoughts of men’s hearts (Hebrews 4:12). We are to fill our minds with God’s word often to develop new self-talk and behavior (Joshua 1:8, Psalms 1:1 Phil 4:8). David said “I have hid your word in my heart so that I may not sin against you” (Psalms 119:11). David knew the importance of storing God’s word within his heart to keep him from sinning (behavior). The Bible says that God desires to put his word (Bible) deep within our hearts. In Psalms 51:6 it says: “Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts”. And in the book of Proverbs it says: Do not let them (words of the Bible) depart from your sight; keep them in the midst of your heart” (Proverbs 4:12). Yes God’s word is actually alive (John 6:63) and it transforms our thinking (Romans 12:1-2). When we meditate on the Bible regularly we start to change our self-talk and behavior.
Jesus is our perfect example and he spent his life studying, meditating on and speaking the word of God. Jesus spoke the word (Bible) to the devil during his allotted temptation in the wilderness to get the victory. But there’s even more exciting news because Jesus (holy ghost) comes to live within us to speak, think and act. Praise God! The apostle Paul said “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me (Galatians 2:20).That is the mystery that has been hidden through the ages “Christ in us” the hope of glory (Colossians 1:27). When we study, meditate and speak the word Jesus can speak right through us because we are in agreement with our holy God. But when we think and speak thoughts that are not in agreement with God’s word we cannot expect Jesus to speak through us. God is holy and speaks through his holy word (Bible) alone; not our judgmental opinions or ideas.
Jesus said “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you (John 15:7). Abide means to live! God’s word is alive! Are you getting the picture friends? God’s holy spirit and holy word work together for peace, happiness, and health. Yes also health, the book of Proverbs says that God’s word is health to all of our body (Proverbs 4:22). There is power in God’s word! Amen! And remember that Jesus walked in love and peace! Therefore we are also commanded to walk in love and peace while completely depending upon the father's spirit for power and victory.
But we must also realize and be aware that there is still a flesh nature or sin nature living within us (Romans 7:17) until the day of Jesus’ return. This carnal sin nature constantly fights against the things of God; it desires it own will. An easy way to recognize the flesh is by the fact that it is selfish, prideful and not loving or giving.That is why God commands in his holy word to put on the new man which is created after God in righteousness (holy spirit) and to put off the old man ( flesh nature) which is according to our former ways and patterns (Ephesians 4:22-24). But don't get discouraged because faith is a daily process and we all grow at our own rate. As a baby learns to walk, talk and run so we too as Christians need to develop.That is why we start with the milk of the word and proceed unto the meat of the word. Even the apostle Paul, a spiritual giant said that he did the things he hated sometimes and asked who would rescue him from this body of death but he happily went on to profess that Jesus has delivered him (Romans 7:24). And remember that when Jesus returns the flesh will be totally annihilated and we will be caught up with him upon the clouds (church rapture).But until that time we have a choice; we can either obey the spirit of God within us and his word or the carnal nature that craves worldly ways. God will not force himself upon us because he is a loving, patient God. He instead prompts us gently by tugging on our heart strings and bringing his word to our mind. However here is a gold nugget of wisdom! One of the greatest strategies in this battle is not to fight with the flesh but rather regard it as dead! You wouldn't fight a dead boxer would you? This simply means that you choose to identify more with Jesus and the new life instead of the old life and it's ways! Your new god-given identity replaces the old carnal identity through recognition and practiced belief. The Bible says it this way " reckon yourselves dead to sin but alive in Christ Jesus (Romans 6:11). Praise God! You are now a citizen of heaven friend!
The Bible also commands us to cast down imaginations. This simply means that as soon as you start to recognize those negative, worldly patterns of thinking arising you quickly toss them out and replace them with God's word (2nd Corinthians 10:5). This is a daily process but in time you will start to easily recognize and cast them down as they arrive. You see sometimes it will be the flesh nature tempting us and other times it may be demonic influence such as when negative, sinful thoughts try to flood your mind all at once. Then it is fairly easy to recognize a spiritual attack from the enemy. Great preachers have said that if we learn to recognize a sinful thought as soon as it knocks on the doorway of our mind and cast it down immediately (throw it down) then we can stop satan in his tracks everytime!
This article is touching on some basic powerful truths when it comes to spiritual battle and obtaining daily victory but there are many components to the victorious Christian life such as prayer, fasting, fellowship, worship, study, and the list goes on. The holy ghost will teach you these things as you grow and learn his word but right now it is best to become aware of the main powerful principles to victory and maintaining a peaceful mind. Joyce Meyer, in her book entitled "Battlefied of the Mind" describes how a normal Christian mind should function. She is a great preacher, teacher and author and it is fully recommended to get her book/s. There are free audio formats on youtube for "Battlefield of the Mind, check it out. It is well worth the time! Anyway she says as Christians our mind should be kept calm, alert, non-judgmental and peaceful. If our minds are filled with reasoning, worry, judgmental thinking and fear then we need to get a spiritual check up so-to-speak; take the time to read this book and you will be amazed!
And here is another deep spiritual truth for you : according to the book of Ephesians we are already seated in the heavenlies right now (positionally)! This is because Jesus sacrificed himself upon the cross and satisfied the penalty for sin. We now have new life in Jesus Christ and can reign in this world by his spirit through love. When God looks at your heart he sees his son Jesus! But remember the Holy Ghost will help us to practically live out that holiness day by day. Remember if you make mistakes, which happens to us all, confess to God, repent and get back up again! Your victory comes from dependence upon the strength and grace of the Holy Ghost; it is not from self sufficiency or our own strength. And remember God does not expect you to be perfect my friend he simply wants you to trust him more and more in humbleness and he will always cause you to triumph! (2nd Corinthians 2:14) God bless you!
By Gordon E. Dawe