The Battle of the Mind

For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
— Romans 8:5-6

This verse is clear and to the point, those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what the nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires!

There is a battle going on for your mind. This battle is between your old, sinful nature and your new nature you received when you got saved. The Scriptures tell us to renew our minds daily. Renewing your mind should not be confused with thoughts that come into your mind. Many times we cannot stop certain thoughts from entering our mind. But what we do with that thought the instant we recognize that thought-that's where our response clearly shows whether or not we are renewing our mind.

If you want to win this battle, you’re going to have to change the way you think.

Why? The way you think determines the way you feel, and the way you feel determines the way you act. If you act depressed, it’s because you feel depressed. And if you feel depressed, it’s because you’re thinking depressing thoughts. If you want to get out of that depression, or whatever issue you’re struggling with, you need to ask the Holy Spirit to give you better thoughts.

Satan gives you thoughts – they are temptation. And God gives you thoughts – they are inspiration. Which are you going to choose? Romans 8:6 says, “The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace”

I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t choose life and peace over death. But the truth is you have self-destructive thoughts all the time. So what do you do?

Here is how the Holy Spirit frees us from uncontrolled thoughts: It’s the principle of replacement, whatever you want to change in your life, don’t just resist it, you also have to replace it. Yes, we resist the devil but thoughts are going to come whether we like it or not. It's not so much resisting those thoughts as it is replacing them.

If you’re watching television and a show comes on that you know is bad for you to watch, change the channel to something better. If you want to quit smoking but you keep thinking about cigarettes, focus on something else. The Bible says you have to replace the old mindset with the new mindset and that is a daily chore.

Try this, ask the Holy Spirit to give you new ideas to think about that will replace the old, bad thoughts. You’ll find that he’ll answer your request. And when you start thinking about something positive instead of something negative, something good instead of something evil, the old will lose its appeal and won’t have its allure anymore. As long as we are in these bodies, there will be a battle going on for our minds. But God has given us the Holy Spirit to help fight this battle. Start today by resisting and replacing and remember, its daily! God Bless!!