Do you ever feel like God keeps bringing up the same lesson or theme in your life over and over and over again? I do. I have felt that way with many themes. Each one will be divulged in time, but I want to focus today on, Where the battle truly is? Sometimes, okay most times I think that it is outside of me. Its a person who is irritating me, my chores at home, the children’s disobedience, my husband not understanding me, issues with church, or just things in general not going the way I want them to. In all of the controversy God has been whispering something very gently to me these past few months.
“The battle is in your mind, Becca.” “You aren’t seeing my perspective, Rebecca.” “You are believing lies that are not true, Rebecca.” “You keep asking me to guard your heart, but You need me to guard your mind too, my dear.”
These are statements that I have felt God has been saying to me as I have read Job 40, 2 Corinthians 10:5 “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”, and Romans 8:6-7 “For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace, because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so,”
Now I’m not saying that if we set our mind on Christ and take every thought captive that there will no longer be problems, trials or tribulations. God in His word tells us there will be, but I believe that if we set our thoughts, our perspectives,and our perceptions to His, then we will have His peace in the whatever our circumstances are.
As I’m writing this, I know that God will bring me back to this. I find in my journey that I think, “I got it. I mastered that one,” only to be reminded that I am scratching the surface of the glacier. I walk confidently and things are going well…and then…well either I forget, I take my eyes off the prize, or God decides out of His love for me and my yearning to draw closer it is time to get deeper and go one more step further in the battle. This life IS the battle and our mind, heart and soul are the fields. I believe that every mountaintop will be followed by a valley, and every valley will lead to another mountaintop. As we climb and plummet we must grow in our faith and keep focused on our heavenly Father.
Abba I thank you that you love me enough. I pray that you would help me to know this each and every day. Abba because of your great love I thank you that Your desire is to guard my heart and my mind. Abba please help me to stay under your umbrella of protection. Abba thank you that you will tear away the lies in my mind and replace them with your loving truth!!! (that last prayer sentence I got from my Aunt Cheri!!! Thanks for sharing your wisdom!!!)