The Battlefield

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For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God (Romans 8:6-9). Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: 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. O wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from the body of this death? 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 (Romans 7:20-25). But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ (II Corinthians 11:3).
the battlefield“The mind is the element of a person that enables them to be aware of the world and their experiences, to think, and to feel; it is the seat of the  faculty of reason.” How well are you guarding your mind, the battlefield, where Satan wages war, sometimes very subtly against Christians, and those that are not yet saved? A few days ago my cousin and I were talking about commercials and the jingles that are written to accompany the images, and the effect they have on us as consumers. A jingle is meant to elicit a reaction or response from us. A jingle is a short slogan, verse, or tune, that is designed to be easily remembered, especially as used in advertising. After viewing a commercial a few times and hearing the jingle, one might find themselves humming the tune to the jingle. Before long they develop a craving for, or a desire to purchase that product. Sometimes we haven’t thought about a product in weeks, months, or even years, but there’s something about the  “catchy  tune” that we just can’t seem to resist or get out of our minds. Also in many instances the music, lyrics, and images we are exposed to on television, the  internet, videos, movies, etc., can stay with us for quite some time. Most of the time consumers are really not aware of the influence that the visuals, and the music that we hear can have on us. “The power of sound and visual imagery can dominate us and we are unaware of its influence. Is there anything wrong with humming a tune from a scene in a movie, listening to rap, hip-hop, heavy metal, or R&B? The world will tell us emphatically that the answer is “no.” The entire marketing industry would be in serious trouble without our repeated thoughts of commercial products that lead us to purchase them. Let’s face it; our minds are well trained in the ways of the world.” (Renew The Mind)
We are in a battle, and the battlefield is the mind. Satan desires to have us, that he might sift us as wheat. It behooves us to guard the gates to our souls, which are our ears and our eyes. So often, there is an assumption, that some of the things we allow to enter into our minds, through the “gates”, our eyes and our ears, are thought to be innocent and harmless, to our spiritual nature. However, we must be so careful, not to indulge the fleshly nature, or, the other law in our members, because the Word tells us, that to be carnally minded is death, spiritual death, and enmity (diabolically opposed), against the things of God!  Psalm 101:3 says, “I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me.” Rather than run towards evil, and gaze upon it, we must flee from it! Christians, we must turn away from those who indulge in wickedness and evil; we must turn away from sin! We must not delight in the things of this world, rather, we must delight ourselves in the Lord! Satan knows what our “Achilles’ heels” are, and he will place those things before us, but we must resist the devil! II Corinthians 10:4 says, (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds;). We must take unto ourselves, the whole armor of God, as written in Ephesians 6:13-18. Some of the weapons mentioned are the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. Let us hide the Word of God in our hearts, that we might not sin against Him. Let us keep our minds, stayed and centered upon the Lord. Matthew 6:22-23 says, “The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!” Children of the Most High God, let us be mindful to always guard our gates. “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; If there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” (Philippians 4:8) May the Lord bless you today, and every day!
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13 comments on “The Battlefield

  1. Hi Paulette,

    Media jingles are one of many ways we are influenced every day and we need to be careful about every one of them…. One of my concerns is the liberalism taught in today’s public schools…. So much there contradicts God’s word, and parents don’t seem to have any control over what is taught…. Our youth can be ruined in one generation without our even being aware of it…. Thank you for posting on this vital subject.

    Love,
    Margaret

    • Hi Margaret,

      I agree with you, on what’s being taught in our public schools today! It is truly sad, that our children are being ruined by what is being taught, without even being aware of it! I appreciate your comment. Thank you.

      Paulette

  2. Thank you, Minister Paulette

    Your timely reminders are greatly appreciated!!

    You have made some solid points and I like the way you tie in the Scripture references too. We often brush thoughts aside because we don’t want to appear ‘too holy’ but the directive to think virtuous thoughts is not limited to conversations. Thanks for including that very relevant extract – there is much to glean.

    “Children of the Most High God, let us be mindful to always guard our gates. ”
    Sometimes we’re not even aware what parasitic thoughts have attached themselves to us until we start to display certain behaviors or use phrases/language out of character. It’s best to keep His precepts at the center of our lives. Whatever we spend most of our time with is eventually what we become.

    What Margaret said … The laws that were ‘written in stone’ have been modified to accommodate the few. I’ve often wondered why the speaking out against these immoralities seem so few and far between… maybe I’m not looking in the right places?

    Todd … on point! (imo) I have a visual of Joseph giving Mrs Potiphar the slip. We don’t seem to run as much these days. Better to stand up and prove the other wrong? I think not! I like your comment. 🙂

    Blessings to all,
    ann

    • Hi Ann,

      Ann, I sense that you were stirred in your spirit, as you penned your comment. My spirit was definitely stirred, as I read it! Thank you so much for your summary on this topic! It was definitely thought-provoking! Thank you for that.

      May the Lord continue to richly bless you!

      Paulette

  3. Elder Paulette,
    I really enjoyed your post today. We must guard our portoles much more now than ever. The closer the Lord”s coming, the more wicked and vicious this world is becoming. We must now pray for more discernment concerning everything in our lives. I love that scripture – “when I would do good, evil is always present. That right there let’s us know the devil is always on his job. Therefore we must be just as fervent as he is on our watch. Love you to life.
    Valencia

    • Hi Valencia,

      It’s great to hear from you! It sounds like you were a “fly on the wall”, last night. My mom, Gerry, and I, were discussing what we’ve been hearing about on the news, of late, and how evil the world has become! I’m sure these lyrics will sound familiar: “This old world, it’s a mean world, people don’t care how they treat you. This old world, it’s a wicked world, mother against daughter, father against son. This old world, it’s a mean world. People don’t care what they say or do. Nothing but a prayer is going to change this old world!” I agree, that we definitely need to pray for more discernment, concerning every aspect of our lives! We must be vigilant, as our adversary the devil, walketh about as a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour! Because he is so subtle, we must be so careful to guard our gates!

      Thank you so much for your thoughtful, as well as thought-provoking comment.

      I love you too. God bless!

      Paulette

  4. Hi Paulette

    A truly inspired blog and sooooooo relevant to this age. Our minds are bombarded with so much harmful rubbish, and much of the time it is subliminal. While we are not conscious of hearing it, it is doing its evil work.

    We tend to blame a lowering of standards, claiming that morals have decreased. Sex outside marriage is now not only accepted but “normal”. Swearing – even the foulest of swearing – is heard everywhere, even by women and children, and is accepted as “normal”. And the list goes on . . .

    We need to set a guard on our minds, but even more so, we need to FILL our minds with wholesomeness: with God’s Word and with thoughts revolving around His will and His plan for us.

    The verse you quote at the end says it all. “Do not let the world SQUEEZE YOU INTO ITS MOLD, but be transformed by the renewing of your MIND”

    Angela

    • Angela, a resounding AMEN! Sadly to say, the list that you spoke of is so extensive, and unfortunately, these behaviors and thought processes, have crept into Christendom! We are inundated with the notion of sex outside of marriage being the “norm”, as well as swearing being heard everywhere, and as you said, “Our minds are bombarded with so much harmful rubbish, and much of the time it is subliminal. While we are not conscious of hearing it, it is doing its evil work!”

      “Do not let the world SQUEEZE YOU INTO IT’S MOLD, but be transformed by the renewing of your MIND.” I love the way you stated this!

      Thank you so much for “driving these points home”, emphatically! God bless you!

      Paulette

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