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Victory: It's a battle in the mind

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3For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh 4 For the weapons of our warfareare not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds,5 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,

II Corinthians 10:3-5 (NKJV)

It is quite amazing that we, as Christians, are so quick to throw in the towel and give up. We that were bought with the high price of the blood of Jesus Christ, we that have been sanctified (set apart) for the exclusive use of the Master often walk around as victims. Of course we all experience trials and circumstances that seemingly rock our foundation - but the Word of the Lord stands sure: we are victorious through the finished work of Jesus Christ!

Why is it that if we have all this "victory" at our fingertips that we walk around dismayed and as if we have no hope? It's a battle that is being waged in our minds! II Corinthians tells us that although we walk around in fleshly bodies, our battles are not fleshly! Our battle is one of a spiritual nature and in order to combat it, we must fight spiritually! In our minds lie the war, Satan desires to sift us as wheat and he begins by attacking our thought processes. "Surely you can't do this, surely you can't do that. It's too tough to remain in this Christian walk. You'll never get married" his taunts go on forever. But thanks be to God who gives us victory! We have to begin to cast down those arguments from the enemy and even the ones we tell ourselves and bring them into captivity, enslave them, imprison them, arrest them ...so that the Spirit of the Lord arises within us and proves itself stronger than any other force in our lives!

Staying Satisfied, Standing Still and Staying Secure: this is what I had to do as I faced the uncertainty of an income by which to help my family. I had graduated from college magna cum laude and with University Honors. I had proven that I could succeed. However, after graduation, no job! I was frustrated as I couldn't even land an interview. I started to believe that I had wasted my time going back to school. I was an adult learner competing with young people half my age, I was a pastor's wife and a mother of two. Why did I waste all those years pursuing a degree only to not have a job to show for it? Yes, I battled in my mind! But the Lord spoke peace to my heart and told me to look at what He had called me to do. He had placed in my hands and my heart the ability to reach others for Him through my own magazine. He had placed in me a desire to reach other pastor's and minister's wives and He birthed within me a book that I had published! Regardless of what I thought I was to do after graduation, the Lord birthed some incredible things in me and through me! I'm still waiting on that job, but in the meantime I can praise Him for the things He's allowed my hands to do. In the meantime I'll stay satisfied, stand still and stay secure!

Things may not appear to be going the way you think they ought, but rest assure that when you yield yourself to God's plan for your life, you will not be a victim but a victor! Stay satisfied with His plan for you, stand still long enough to hear His voice and not the voice of the enemy and stay secure in the fact that He that hath begun a good work in you shall continue to perform it until Jesus Christ returns!

For more info:

The Battlefield of the Mind by Joyce Meyer

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