Director of Missions
Establish a Perimeter
There is spiritual warfare waging all around us. The front line of this spiritual battle is located in the minds of each believer. Anxiety, fear, depression, discouragement, disillusionment, confusion, uncertainty, and a host of other dangerous obstacles lay planted in the ground of our minds like treacherous landmines waiting to wreak havoc and destruction. So, many in our Christian ranks find themselves surrounded, taken captive, or even maimed by these devastating devices. Our first line of defense is wielding the sword of God’s Word. The apostle Paul said, “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, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled” (2 Corinthians 10:3-6). Paul makes it clear that we MUST bring every thought into captivity…….or, we will become captive to our thoughts. God’s Word is the bedrock and unchanging truth of the ages. Whenever we are assaulted by the enemy in our minds, we must “take captive” those destructive thoughts that assail us and replace them with the stronghold, busting power of God’s inerrant and infallible Word.
When a company of soldiers stop for the night, they set up a security perimeter around their position to protect themselves from the enemy. Without this strong perimeter the enemy would have the ability to freely attack the soldiers with impunity. Many times believers fail to set up a security perimeter around their mind and it gives our enemy a free reign to create havoc. Often our position is over run by destructive thoughts that are not based in fact but in half-truths, worry, misplaced anger, unrighteousness, unforgiveness, impurity, unfounded hatred, double-mindedness…. you get the picture. God’s Word says, that the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God. Remember, you are more than conquers through Him who strengthens you. You have the mind of Christ, and you are sealed with His Holy Spirit.
Our second line of defense is to be transformed by the renewing of our minds (Romans 12). We are reminded in Ephesians 4, to put off the old man and, “be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.” We must think differently if we want to have victory in the front-line of our minds. We must be vigilant to fight with a transformed mind, a mind that is surrendered to Christ and His Word. You were bought with a price; you are not your own (1 Cor. 6). The spiritual battle rages on and on. It will only cease when we are glorified in His presence. Until then, we are bid to fight the good fight and to put on the armor of God and stand our ground. Fight good soldier of Christ, fight!
Serving the Kingdom Together,