The Battle of the Mind
The Bible has a lot to say about our minds, thoughts, meditations, and how they connect to our daily lives. Be sure that there is a battle for the mind. It is waged every day. Also, be very sure to remember that you can win!
We are going to look at Scriptures about the mind and thoughts; about setting your mind on the things above; and, about the fact that YOU have the MIND of CHRIST. Amazing but true. To do that, we will look at 15 Scripture Steps to Win the Battle of the Mind!
15 Scriptures About Winning the Battle of the Mind
One – Isaiah 26:3 – “You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.” NKJV
Two – Mark 12:30 – “And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’This is the first commandment.” NKJV
Three – Romans 7:25 – “I thank God—through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin.” NKJV
Four – Romans 8:5-8 – “Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit. 6 So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace. 7 For the sinful nature is always hostile to God. It never did obey God’s laws, and it never will. 8 That’s why those who are still under the control of their sinful nature can never please God.” NLT
Five – Romans 12:2 – “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” NIV
Six – Romans 12:3 – “For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.” NIV
Seven – 1 Corinthians 2:16 – “For “who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ.” NKJVWe have the mind of Christ! Such an incredible promise. Do you believe it? Click To Tweet
Eight – 2 Corinthians 10:5 – “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,” NASB
Nine – Ephesians 4:23 – “and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind,” NASB
Ten – Philippians 4:6-7– “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” NASB
Eleven – Philippians 4:8-9 – “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.” NKJVFinally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is… Click To Tweet
Twelve – Colossians 3:2 – “Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.” NKJV
Thirteen – 1 Peter 1:13 – “ So prepare your minds for action and exercise self-control. Put all your hope in the gracious salvation that will come to you when Jesus Christ is revealed to the world.” NLT
All emphasis is mine.
Fourteen – Psalm 19:14 – “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.” NKJV
Fifteen – Romans 7:23 – “But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.” NKJV
15 Steps to Win the Battle of the Mind
- Step 1 – Set or ‘stay’ your mind on God. Isaiah 26:3 refers to having our mind “stayed” on God. This is a mind that is solidly set in place. It means to remain in the same place. You are staying there because you trust the God.
- Step 2 – Daily speak out loud your love for God. Mark 12:30 says that we are to love the Lord our God with all of our mind. Could that mean that all of our thoughts are to spring forth from our love for Him?
- Step 3 – Remind yourself that your mind and thoughts are set on serving God. Romans 7:25 says that our mind is the key to serving God. This seems to be supported by the other verses we are reading. We can only serve Him when our mind and hearts are firmly set within His love.
- Step 4 – Consciously be aware of the Holy Spirit each day and affirm His control in your life. Think about things you know will please the Holy Spirit. Romans 8:5-8 gives us more detail. Allowing ourselves to be controlled by the Holy Spirit will enable us to think about things that please the Holy Spirit. In addition, letting the Holy Spirit control our lives (our minds) will lead to life and peace.
- Step 5 – Confess that your mind is being renewed moment-by-moment and actively identify old, incorrect thoughts and speak out the opposite. Romans 12:2 tells us that we are to be transformed by the renewing of our mind. Renewal is a process of taking something old and making it new. If you are controlled by the Holy Spirit, He will help us in making the old thoughts new and pleasing to Him and to God.
- Step 6 – Remind yourself as often as needed that you are a child of God who serves Him and His creation in humility. Romans 12:3 says to think about ourselves with sober judgment and not to think of ourselves more highly than we should. This does NOT mean we are to look down on ourselves. It just means that we need to control our thoughts so that pride does not creep in and so that we recognize how wonderfully made and loved we are!
- Step 7 – In your prayer and/or times of meditation, confess and affirm that you have the mind of Christ and that it is actively leading your life. 1 Corinthians 2:16 says we have the mind of Christ. I don’t think we fully grasp the meaning of that short statement. We have the mind of the One who created all things; the One who died and rose again; the One who wiped out sin and death; the One who sits at the right hand of God the Father making intercession for us. We have His mind! What an incredible statement.
- Step 8 – Begin identifying each negative or faithless thought. Write it down and then take it captive by asking for forgiveness and speaking thoughts that align with the Word. 2 Corinthians 10:5 gives us an order – take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. The word would not tell us this unless it was possible. I didn’t say easy – I just said possible. We can do it if we set our minds to.
- Step 9 – Meditate on the meaning of the renewing of your mind. Let the Holy Spirit direct your steps. Ephesians 4:23 again talks about the renewing of our mind. It’s important because there is old stuff in there that needs to go!
- Step 10 – Everyday, or as often as you need to, take all your anxious thoughts and submit them to God in prayer. Let go of them and let Him take over. Philippians 4:6-7 gives us a precious promise that God’s peace will guard our hearts and minds as we put aside anxiety by praying and making our requests known to God.
- Step 11 – Make a conscious effort to think of the 5 things listed here. Do it one-at-a-time or however is best for you but do it as often as you need to in conjunction with the renewing of your mind. Philippians 4:8-9 tells us exactly what we are to think about. Whatever is:
If these are the things we kept in our minds at all times, what a change there would be in us.
- Step 12 – again, each day or each moment, verbally and purposefully declare that your mind is set on God the Father Almighty, His son Jesus Christ the Savior and under the control of the Holy Spirit. Colossians 3:2 sums it up – set your mind on the things above!
- Step 13 – exercise self-control in regard to your thoughts and what you allow in your mind. Prepare your mind to fight this battle with prayer, Scripture and determination. 1 Peter 1:13 then says to prepare our minds for action and to exercise self-control. Thought control is self-control. In fact, it is the basis of self-control. Our thoughts have greater power than we may want to admit. Here, Peter tells us to prepare our minds and to exercise self-control. How? By putting our hope in Jesus!
- Step 14 – The meditations of our heart are our thoughts – make them acceptable in His sight.
- Step 15 – This is a war, a battle for your mind. Be willing to fight because, in Christ, you will win!
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Learning to Control Your Thoughts
These verses are not abstract or hard to understand. They are also not easy. Learning to control your thoughts is work. It is a discipline. Most really good things in our lives are only attained through concentrated effort and some amount of discipline.
You Have the Mind of Christ
Be encouraged that you have the mind of Christ and you can overcome the thoughts, desires, doubts, and fears that want to overwhelm you. You can win the battle of the mind.
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