OVERCOMING ADVERSITY Pt 6
As we face a new day, let’s set our hearts and minds on God’s faithfulness. No matter what is happening in the world right now, remember God is with you.
Make the decision to set our mind on God. Hold fast to His promises and not let the world overwhelm or consume you. There is a violent battle raging twenty-four hours a day. It is the battle for your mind, and that battle is vicious. It is intense. It is unrelenting, and it is unfair because Satan never plays fair. And the reason why it is so intense is because your greatest asset is your mind.
The 6th principle to overcoming adversity is:
6.RESET YOUR MIND FOR VICTORY
One of the most important things we need to discipline ourselves in as Christians, is how to guard, strengthen, and renew our minds.
The struggle for winning the battle over sin, fear, and failure always starts in the mind.
(2 Cor 10:3-5) “Though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh” [in other words, we don’t fight with armor, we don’t fight with politics, we don’t fight with money, we don’t fight with all the humanistic ways]. “For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ.” The apostle Paul says here that our fight in this battle is to “destroy strongholds.”
A stronghold is a mental block. Paul is talking about pretentions, arguments set up against the knowledge of God. This is a mental battle. And he says, “Destroy these strongholds.” A stronghold can be a wrong belief or opinion, it can be an attitude, fearful thoughts or painful memories that prevent us from walking in freedom and victory.
God gives us His word and Holy Spirit to help us reset our minds, erase wrong thinking and restore all that God has planned for us.