God and I have been through some battles together. We’ve slain some giants in my life and have fought in some intense battles on this journey that He and I have been on these last almost 20 years. We have claimed many victories and defeated many foes.
My God has proven himself to be a mighty warrior!
And it’s a good thing, because this season has us engaged in another war.
This time, the battlefield is my mind and the enemy is the lies that can invade, stake their claim, and drive out the truth I’ve worked so hard to plant there.
This enemy is a tricky one, because it almost imperceptively sneaks in and does its’ damage before I’m even aware of what’s happening. Those lies don’t just stay tucked away in my mind, either, they escape and infiltrate my words and my actions.
Not only that, this enemy seems harmless. It might take the form of whisper in my mind about how I’ve been wronged or how awful someone or something is, then it slides out as a perfectly timed snarky remark or a sarcastic tone, but before long it morphs into something bigger and uglier. When I finally recognize it, it has transformed into anger, frustration, impatience, pride, greed, disrespect, or unkindness.
Or it could try another route. It could whisper in my mind about how insufficient I am or even how insufficient God is. Then, it slips out as insecurity or worry. By the time I see it for the enemy it is, it has transfigured into fear or doubt.
At that point, it has grown so big and powerful I feel like I’m fighting an uphill battle.
And I am.
Because I’m not fighting with the right battle plan.
I have been fooled into believing that I have to take on the overwhelmingly powerful enemy of anger, frustration, impatience, pride, greed, disrespect, unkindness, fear, or doubt. I’ve wasted much energy trying to fight against these strong opponents.
I’ve even gone to God and asked Him to slay these beasts for me.
But I’ve learned some things recently that have changed my whole battle strategy.
Romans 8:6 tells us, “The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.”
First, I’ve learned that I don’t need to wait until the enemy seems undefeatable before I ask God to help me. Instead of my last step, that should be my first. The minute I see a threat, I need to call of my Deliverer.
The battle begins in my mind. When I’m fighting the actions and not the lies that have led to the actions, I’m fighting the wrong enemy.
I’ve also learned that I need to recognize my enemy the minute it becomes a threat.
At the first whisper of a lie in my mind, I need to call on God and grab my weapons. That is where the battle begins. When God and I engage my foe there, it doesn’t have the opportunity to grow into a monster that consumes and controls me.
I arm myself with the truth of God’s word, the hope of His promises, the discernment, wisdom, and guidance of the Holy Spirit, and the fruits of the Spirit that have grown in my life and do battle right then and there.
And it’s not just a single battle. It is more of a war.
Daily, I see that enemy of lies begin to creep its’ way into my mind. As soon I a catch a glimpse of it, I immediately call out to my Defender to fight for me. Then, I speak His truth over the lies. I stand on the truth of His promises. I pray for the discernment, wisdom, and guidance of His Holy Spirit alive in me. I harvest the fruits of the Spirit that have been cultivated in my heart.
The lies don’t stand a chance then.
The battle is over before it has a chance to get ugly.
And God and I overcome again.