Bible Society of South Africa
Benescke Janse van Rensburg

Break Out – Day 9

Break out and win the fight in your thoughts

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2Do not conform yourselves to the standards of this world, but let God transform you inwardly by a complete change of your mind. Then you will be able to know the will of God — what is good and is pleasing to him and is perfect.

Romans 12:2GNBOpen in Bible reader

3It is true that we live in the world, but we do not fight from worldly motives. 4The weapons we use in our fight are not the world's weapons but God's powerful weapons, which we use to destroy strongholds. We destroy false arguments; 5we pull down every proud obstacle that is raised against the knowledge of God; we take every thought captive and make it obey Christ.

2 Corinthians 10:3-5GNBOpen in Bible reader

1The LORD controls the mind of a king as easily as he directs the course of a stream.

Proverbs 21:1GNBOpen in Bible reader

26“Meshech and Tubal are there, with the graves of their soldiers all around. They are all uncircumcised, all killed in battle. Yet once they terrified the living.

Ezekiel 32:26GNBOpen in Bible reader

5Give yourself to the LORD;

trust in him, and he will help you;

Psalms 37:5GNBOpen in Bible reader

Imagine the following situation. You are a soldier on a mission. You and your colleagues are sent by plane to fight a dangerous army, and are camouflaged from head to toe. The tension is building inside the plane with the knowledge that one of you might lose your life on this mission.

The plane lands and as the trap door opens, the first shots are fired by the enemy on the ground. You are in the middle of a full-scale war and suddenly, it dawns on you that you have no weapons! No gun, no ammunition nor any grenades. Your heart beats fast. Your palms sweat. Will you lose your life today?

It sounds absurd to enter a war without weapons. However, this is exactly what happens if we don’t have any knowledge of God’s promises. The enemy comes to attack us with negative thoughts and without the Word of God, he will easily outwit us by leaving us depressed and discouraged.

In Romans 12:2 we read: “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” And in 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 we read: “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds … bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.” The only part of the armour of God that we can attack the enemy with is the sword – the Word of God.

So, what is the solution to fighting off the enemy’s negative thoughts? Win the battle in your mind. How do you do it? By following Jesus’ example in the desert when the enemy came to tempt him. He went back to the promises of God and stood firmly upon them.

Let’s make it practical. What is your challenge at this stage? Go back to the Word and memorise scriptures of what God says about your situation. For example, if you experience conflict in your marriage and the enemy tries to convince you that your spouse will not change, remind him of the words of Proverbs 21:1: “The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes.” And in Ezekiel 36:26: “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.” Or when the enemy tries to convince you that your future looks bleak, remind him of the words of Psalm 37:5: “Commit everything you do to the LORD. Trust him, and he will help you.”

God’s Word is our weapon against the enemy. Let’s make an effort to put it into our hearts. You don’t want to be caught off-guard when the first gunshots are fired and you don’t have a gun, any ammunition or a grenade to fight back with. God bless.

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