Don’t Give the Enemy a Seat at Your Table: Win the Battle of Your Mind

Day 4 of 6 • This day’s reading

Devotional



The Path to Victory


Can you see where you want to be in your soul? Are you in charge of your thoughts, attitudes, and actions? Are you living the life God has designed you to live? Perhaps the Enemy has convinced you that you are stuck. He has accomplished this by making himself at home at your table, but you don’t need to let him stay another moment. Through Christ, you can move to a place of victory in your life. 


This happens when you learn how to win the battle for your mind. Victory is about examining the seeds that have been scattered in your mind and not letting them take root. Before the truth can set you free, you need to see the lies that are holding you hostage. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you which lies you’re believing. If fear, worry, temptation, or feelings of worthlessness or confusion are in your life, guess what? The Enemy has shown up and dropped a seed in your thinking. Jesus is already in the story of victory, and He has invited you into this story with Him. The way you step into that story is by reminding yourself of what is true about who you are in Christ and God’s faithfulness to you. 


Do you believe you can live in victory? If the answer is no, the deceiver is winning the battle for your mind. He’s circling ever closer to your table, ready to sit. Keep this in mind: the stakes are high. This is your life we’re talking about. Fortunately, any seeds the Enemy scatters in your mind can be immediately removed. Even seeds that have been there for years can be removed. Victory is not about something you do. Instead, it’s about the gospel of Jesus Christ—what Jesus does for you. Jesus won the total victory Himself. God has already made the way. Through Jesus’ death and resurrection, He conquered all the powers of darkness and sin. That means the powers of darkness and sin cannot ultimately win in the life of any believer. When you belong to Jesus, you will always battle the Enemy from a place of strength and victory. 


Our prayer is to take every thought captive and make it obedient to Christ (see 2 Corinthians 10:5). These two truths work together as one: Christ does all the work, yet you need to lean into that work with prayer and decisiveness. In Christ, you have the opportunity to move forward, fighting in power. The power comes from Christ. The victory comes from Christ. Yet you must agree with Christ. Nobody else is going to take your thoughts captive on your behalf. It’s time for you to step up and take responsibility to partner with Christ in your destiny and your future and your victory. 


Decide right now, today, to change the story of the battle for your mind. You can do that by prayerfully taking every thought captive. Identify any deceptive thought in your mind. Bind that thought in Jesus’ name—handcuff it. Change the narrative of your story with Scripture. Know it. Memorize it. Replay Scripture in your mind. Finally, play offense with your thought life by placing helpful thoughts in your mind (see Philippians 4:8). We have great hope of victory because of God’s abundant grace.


Respond


How has the Holy Spirit helped you reject the Enemy’s lies and embrace God’s truth about His power over sin? 


How can prayer become a stronger weapon in the battle for your mind? 


What offensive steps can you take to focus your mind on the goodness of God’s grace?