Battlefield of the Mind by Joyce Meyer

Defeated? Struggling? Confused? Anxious and worried? Judgmental and critical? Can’t seem to get out of frustrating mindset? Wanting something different in life than the same old struggles? Ready for a change?

Dig into Battlefield of the Mind and see where you might need some adjustment in your thinking in order to find victory. Truly we are told to no longer be conformed to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of our minds (see Romans 12:1).

Joyce Meyer walks us through the challenges and dangers of destructive beliefs and helps reboot our thinking, allowing light to illuminate the path of listening to the Spirit, following Christ and walking in obedience to God.

Quotes:

  • A stronghold is an area in which we are held in bondage (in prison) due to a certain way of thinking.
  • In Mark 4:24 Jesus says, “The measure (of thought and study) you give (to the truth you hear) will be the measure (of virtue and knowledge) that comes back to you.”
  • Two other spiritual weapons available to us are praise and prayer. Praise defeats the devil quicker than any other battle plan, but it must be genuine heart praise, not just lip service or a method being tried to see if it works. Also, praise and prayer both involve the Word. We praise God according to His Word and His goodness. Prayer is relationship with the Godhead.
  • Our past may explain why we’re suffering, but we must not use it as an excuse to stay in bondage.
  • Satan knows well that if he can control our thoughts, he can control our actions.
  • You cannot have a positive life and a negative mind.
  • You can’t overcome your situation by determination alone.
  • Thoughts bear fruit. Think good thoughts, and the fruit in your life will be good. Think bad thoughts, and the fruit in your life will be bad.
  • Walking after the flesh is depending on yourself; walking after the Spirit is depending on God.
  • “I believe God. I believe He is working in me no matter what I may feel or how the situation may look. The Lord has begun a good work in me, and He will bring it to full completion” (See Philippians 2:13; 1:6)
  • But the positive person can go ahead and decide to enjoy himself no matter with happens. The negative person never enjoys anything.
  • don’t feel condemned! Condemnation is negative. I’m sharing these things so you can recognize your problem.
  • Always be ready mentally to face whatever comes, believing that God works good of all things.
  • But, when we are positive in a negative situation it shows a genuine trust in God and spiritual maturity that pleases and glorifies God.
  • Pay attention to the condition of your mind and keep it free, peaceful, and full of faith.
  • “Think about what you’re thinking about.”
  • The Holy Spirit desires to bring us this enlightenment, bu the mind often misses what the spirit is attempting to reveal because it is too busy.
  • The mind should not be filled with reasoning, worry, anxiety, fear and the like. It should be calm, quiet and serene.
  • Then I learned that I was not receiving much of what the Holy Spirit wanted to reveal to me simply because my mind was so wild and busy that it was missing the information being offered.
  • It is always nice if the spirit and mind agree, but if they don’t we should always choose to follow the spirit.
  • There is a big difference in head knowledge and revelation knowledge.
  • It is impossible to have joy and peace and live in unbelief.
  • Peace is not something that can be put on a person; it is a fruit of the Spirit (see Galatians 5:22) and fruit is the result of abiding in Jesus (see John 15:4).
  • Worry certainly never makes anything better, so why not give it up?
  • So the devil attempts to keep the mental arena busy enough with the wrong kinds of thinking so that the mind never gets around to being used for the purpose for which God designed it.
  • Our words are very important because they confirm our faith–or in some instances our lack of faith.
  • A person who worries still thinks that in some way he can solve his own problem.
  • Jesus did not come to remove all opposition from our lives, but rather to give us a different approach to the storms of life.
  • “I already know what I know,” he replied. “I try to be quiet and listen so I can find out what others know.”
  • The way for sinful action is paved through sinful thinking.
  • Many doors are opened to the enemy through complaining.
  • I would rather sacrifice my thanksgiving to God than sacrifice my joy to satan.
  • Satan has really never had an original idea. He takes what belongs to the Kingdom of Light and perverts it for the kingdom of darkness.
  • …it takes us years to experience victory over something that could have and should have been dealt with quickly.
  • Think and speak about your future in a positive way, according to what God has placed in your heart.
  • You and I will never have the privilege of being used by God if we are not willing to take our responsibility seriously.
  • Wanting something is not enough–we must also be fully prepared to take responsibility for it.
  • How will we ever learn to lean on Him, if everything in our lives is so easy that we can handle it by ourselves?
  • Even though being in God’s will sometimes has some difficulties attached to it, being out of His will is much more difficult.
  • I have discovered that patience is not the ability to wait, but the ability to keep a good attitude while waiting.
  • …you do have th mind of Christ. Why not make the most of it?
  • We need to learn to enjoy where we are while we are on our way to where we are going!
  • …the proud person thinks so highly of himself that he believes he should never be inconvenienced in any way.
  • Our job is not to control our circumstances, but to respond toward them in a godly way.
  • When you are trying to wait on God, the devil will pound your mind continuously demanding that you “do something.”
  • we cannot entertain the sin of self-pity and also walk in the power of God!
  • If we are not secure concerning our own worth and value as a unique individual, we will naturally find ourselves competing with anyone who appears to be successful and doing well.
  • Victorious living demands prompt, exact obedience to the Lord.
  • If we “think” too much, we can reason our way out of God’s will.

 

About Jill English Johnston

God writes His story on every heart, if we only pause to read it. My heart has lived in a fantasy world since early childhood and am delighted that God has finally brought me to the place where I can bring the fantasies to life through story. I am currently working on a fantasy trilogy (of course) but I also post thoughts, reflections and (hopefully) inspiration to my website: tabletsofhumanhearts.wordpress.com I am a follower of the Rabbi Jesus, married to my best friend and inspiration, and the mother of three incredible children, one daughter and two sons, a son-in-love, a daughter-in-love and two adorable granddaughters. When not writing, I passionately pursue prayer, reading (never enough time to read them all!), and the outdoors. My husband and I both served in the US Navy and have lived/travelled through many states and all over Asia. We both still enjoy travelling, but we really love our home in New Braunfels, located at the Texas Hill Country.
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