Mind control. When most people hear that term a flood of negative thoughts rush in. But in actuality, the bible gives us very explicit details of the types of things we as Christians should keep our minds fixed on.
The Mind is the Battlefield
Colossians 3:2 tells us to set our minds on things above, not on things on the earth. Philippians 4:8 tells us to concentrate on the things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable and excellent. Joshua 1:8 tells us to meditate (to think about and to mutter) God’s Word day and night. God’s Word also tells us what not to think about. 2 Corinthians 10:5 tells us to cast down every thought that exalts itself against the knowledge of God.
Have you ever stopped to think about why we’re told to allow God’s Word to have such preeminence in our thought life? The answer lies in the fact that keeping our minds on God and His Word screens out the attempts of the enemy to get us to walk in the flesh.
A mind focused on God and His Word is a mind that is focused on walking continuously in the victory of the Spirit. A person who is continuously walking in the Spirit will not fulfill the lust of the flesh (Galatians 5:16). Walking in the Spirit assures continual victory in every area of life to the believer who is determined to keep his mind focused on God and on His Word.
Conversely, a person whose mind is allowed to be controlled and manipulated by the world, the enemy and the senses is a person who will walk in defeat all the days of his or her life. A person whose mind is dominated by the senses is a person who is up one day and down the next based upon the input he or she receives from the environment around them.
Taming your Nightmares with the Word of God
Freddie Krueger is the main antagonist of the A Nightmare on Elm Street film series. He first appeared in Wes Craven’s A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) as a burnt serial killer who uses a glove armed with razors to kill his victims in their dreams, causing their deaths in the real world as well. In the dream world, he is a powerful force and almost completely invulnerable to damage. However, whenever Freddy is pulled into the real world, he has normal human vulnerabilities.
In the Nightmare on Elm Street series of movies, you enter Freddie’s realm simply by falling asleep. The premise of the movie is that you can’t defeat a nightmare. There are no rules in a nightmare. If you attempt to hit a villain in a nightmare, your fist might go completely through the villains face and have no effect at all. In order to defeat Freddie Krueger, one had to grab him and wake up from the nightmare. If you could somehow hold onto Freddie and awake from your nightmare, you would pull him from the dream state where he had full and complete control and drag him into reality, where he is now the vulnerable one.
Dragging your enemy into the reality of God’s Word
As in the Nightmare on Elm Street movies, our enemy the devil is attempting to keep us on his home field. He’s attempting to keep us in the realm of the senses. He wants us preoccupied with any and everything other than God’s Word. He wants us to walk in fear, and doubt and worry. But as Freddie Krueger’s vulnerabilities came to light in the Nightmare on Elm Street series, there is a way to more than level the playing field against your enemy the devil. There is a way to pull your enemy onto your playing field and annihilate him.
We can gain victory over our enemy by keeping our mind on God’s Word. When we are intensely focused on God’s Word it’s like pulling the devil from the world he dominates into a world where God’s Word reigns supreme. Continuously focusing on God’s Word will quench every fiery dart that he throws our way. The devil is no match for the weapons that our God has equipped us with.
Your life will follow your thoughts
I’m a very passionate person. I tend to dive headfirst into the projects I’m involved in and remain fully focused until the conclusion of that particular project. There have been many occasions (particularly before my wife and children came along) when I would get off work on a Friday evening and involve myself in a computer project and work straight through the weekend until time to go back to work on Monday morning.
My interest and focus on the project superseded eating and even sleeping. My thoughts were fully focused on the project at hand. The point to my example is that you cannot be tempted with anything that you don’t first of all think about. My preoccupation with my project left no room for the thought of eating or sleeping.
If we as Christians focused on the scriptural principles that address the problems we’re facing, our focus would eliminate any worry or doubt that would come our way over the situation. The light of God’s Word and the darkness interjected by the enemy cannot occupy the same place (in this instance, the mind) at the same time.
Positive Thought’s versus the Godly Mind
There is a huge difference between positive thinking and a mind that is focused on and anchored in God’s Word. My views in this article should not be confused with positive thinking. While there are benefits to thinking positive in most situations, positive thinking can only take you so far. For instance, when stricken with a debilitating sickness or disease, it’s wonderful to approach the situation with the mindset that everything is going to be alright.
To keep the mindset that everything is going to be alright is head and shoulders better than approaching the same situation with a doom and gloom attitude. However, there is no substance to substantiate the belief that everything is going to be alright. There is nothing to anchor the belief that everything is going to be alright on.
However the Christian who is strong in faith, being fully persuaded that what God has promised, He is well able to perform knows that 1 Peter 2:24 tells us that by Jesus stripes we are healed. A mind fixed on the substance of God’s Word is anchored to something that is sure and steadfast. A mind that is stayed on the finished works of Jesus Christ finds comfort in knowing that God has already provided answers to any situation he or she may be facing.
Play every game as a home game
I encourage you to keep your home field advantage over the wicked one. Don’t allow him to control the game by walking in fear, doubt and unbelief. Do as Joshua 1:8 commands us to do and meditate, mutter and think about God’s Word continually. By doing so, you will stand against the wiles of the devil and defeat him in every contest.