I have served in a ministry called Freedom In Christ at Emanuel Faith since my life was radically changed by a prayer appointment in November, 1995. I met with three women on a Saturday and I prayed through Neil Anderson’s Steps to Freedom. Mr. Anderson writes, “The Steps cover seven critical issues between ourselves and God. We will not experience our freedom in Christ if we seek false guidance, believe lies, fail to forgive others as we have been forgiven, live in rebellion, respond in pride, fail to acknowledge our sin and continue in the sins of our ancestors.” Currently, I am a leader of a study at my church and we are studying a book called Victory Over Darkness. In January we will study the second book The Bondage Breaker by Neil Anderson. He has written books that deal with fears, addiction, and depression to mention a few. Last night, we reviewed Chapter 9, Winning The Battle for Your Mind in Victory Over Darkness. When we asked Jesus as our personal savior, we became a new person. However, there exists the new person and the flesh that brings habits, thoughts, experiences that may not honor God and we may have not hit the clear button. Just because we have asked Jesus as the most important person in our life and to forgive us all of our sins because He paid for those sins, we may struggle with the sin-confess-sin-confess pattern of life. Beloved, there is Plan A and Plan B. New person in Christ attempts to live by Plan A which is living dependent on God. However we have our flesh which persists in suggesting Plan B, living independently from God according to Mr. Anderson in this chapter. The battle for your mind is between Plan A and Plan B impulses from the world, the flesh and the devil.
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ 2 Corinthians 10:3-5
Today, the way to win the battle for your mind is claim who you are in Christ. This is a daily action, through prayer, reading God’s word, taking negative thought captive, practicing thankfulness.
Father God, first I ask if the person reading this has not accept Jesus as the way, the truth, and the life and have questions about asking Jesus as his or her savior that he or she would ask me and that today would be the day of salvation. Then I ask for each of us to celebrate and be thankful for the blessings we have in our lives. I thank you Lord for our families, our friends, but most of all I thank you for the sacrifice of Jesus who died on the cross conquering death so that we are called children of God and we can have eternal life. Help us today to make thankfulness our sacrifice to you. Help us to take every thought that is negative and before we act or the thought we renounce the negative thought and turn the thought into an action that is edifying our relationship with you. So forgive us today Lord of not honoring you in our lives and not giving you all the praise and glory for the blessings that are so abundant.
Your turn, I am thankful for…………….