Let’s face it, we all have some un-evangelized places in our minds. I know I do. These are the places where negativity, doubt, and the subtle thoughts that lead to sin reside. How we deal with these thoughts is vitally important because whoever controls the mind, wins the spiritual battle.
As Paul talks about spiritual warfare in 2 Corinthians 10:5, he gives us some ideas on how to win the battle over our minds. Take a look and then we’ll unpack a few thoughts.
Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; (2 Corinthians 10:5 KJV)
1. Don’t own every thought. Some thoughts, ideas, and imaginations need to be cast down. When negative or impure thoughts enter our minds, we can’t let them roam free. We can’t let our minds become idle. “An idle mind is the Devil’s workshop.”
2. Compare every thought to the knowledge of God. The more we know about God; his words, will, and ways, the easier it will become to identify negative thinking. We must ask ourselves “are my thoughts pleasing to God?”
3. Make every thought obedient to Christ. Christ is Lord and ruler over the domain of our minds. Therefore, every negative, impure thought that enters our minds must be made obedient to his authority. Empowered by the Holy Spirit, we must make a choice to reject bad thoughts and submit our minds to the Lordship of Christ.
What are some other ways to win the battle of our minds?