We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments. We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ (2 Corinthians 10:4-5 NLT).
Recently, I was reminded of how a family friend was playing a game with my brother. He kept on losing and back then, if there was anything my brother was good at, it was rubbing it in. He went on and on until this family friend provoked. He got up, scattered the game and then began to lament about how he had bad luck… how he was a failure… how anything he touched didn’t succeed… how his dad left…
My brother was shocked and quickly had to stop what he was doing… “but it’s only a game”, he said, However, to this young man, it was more than that. It was a deep rooted mind-set… a stronghold that had held on tightly and would not let him go… a typical Mephibosheth story who felt like he was a dead dog (2 Samuel 9:8)
Unfortunately, regardless of how much is taught on the battle of the mind, many still struggle with this deep rooted mind-set and the problem is that if you see yourself as a dead dog, you will continue hanging out where dead dogs lie.
Beloved, please know that the first step in turning your life around is by changing the way you think… For as he thinks in his heart, so is he… (Proverbs 23:7)
The Bible gives a prescription for this deep rooted mind-set… be transformed and progressively changed [as you mature spiritually] by the renewing of your mind [focusing on godly values and ethical attitudes], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His plan and purpose for you] (Romans 12:2 AMP).
This daily prescription should be taken more than once daily. In fact, throughout the course of the day, it should be taken as often as needed. Many of the battles you face in life would be won if you can just do what this verse says… renew your mind to see yourself how the Lord sees you.
Beloved, regardless of whatever happened in your past, you have a choice. Be like… Jabez who was more honorable than any of his brothers. His mother named him Jabez because his birth had been so painful. HE WAS THE ONE WHO PRAYED TO THE GOD OF ISRAEL, “OH, THAT YOU WOULD BLESS ME and expand my territory! Please be with me in all that I do, and keep me from all trouble and pain!” And God granted him his request (1 Chronicles 4:9-10 NLT).
To expand your territory would also involve expanding your mind to think right. Isn’t it time to start dealing with that defeating mind-set?