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A Captive Mind

Admittedly, this post has taken me longer to write than I had hoped. A few months back the Holy Spirit dropped this topic in my spirit after reading 2 Corinthians 10:3-6. I have been battling with seeing people who I love with, as the bible calls it, “double mindedness.” So I am faced with having to watch people walking right in the path of destruction and all I can do is pray for them and leave it in God’s hands. All I can think of is “how can they possibly think that is okay?”

You see we are in a constant spiritual battle and we are fighting against the enemy’s lies and deception. In 1 Samuel 30, we learn of how David’s enemies raided Ziklag and took people captive. The enemy also works in this way. He finds an opportunity when your defenses and offenses are down so that he can strategically raid your territory, create strongholds and take you captive. Christ has given us a new life and heart (Ezekiel 36:26) that we need to protect with vigilance because from it flows the springs of life (Proverbs 4:23). Our hearts have to be centered towards Christ.

The bible warns us in 1 Peter 5:8 to be sober-minded and on the look-out. The enemy’s goal is to corrupt your mind through the desires of the flesh and the wisdom of the world. The wisdom of the world gratifies the desires of the flesh. The wisdom of the world is filled with philosophies and knowledge that comes from human tradition and the forces of darkness which seeks to slowly infiltrate the mind and change your thought patterns to conform you to the world. As believers we were freed from the captivity of the enemy and given a new life. Our responsibility is to continually transform ourselves to the likeness of Christ. In the same way the captives were under the authority of the Amalekites, the thoughts that raise itself against God have to be made subject to Christ’s authority.

To do that we must remain steadfast in our relationship with Christ (John 14:6), our communion with the Holy Spirit (John 16:13), the Word of God (Hebrews 4:12), and Prayer (Matthew 26:41).

So my friends since we know that the thief comes to steal, kill, and destroy evaluate the following:

· Is this an attempt to rob me of my peace and joy that the Lord has given me?

· Is this an attempt to steal God’s blessing and purpose in my life?

· Is this an attempt to kill my relationship with Christ?

With that said I sign off with this, the Lord tells us in Colossians 3:1-2 to set our minds on the things that are above and not on earth. Stay focused on Christ!

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