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The Battlefield of The Mind

“Do you really think you’ll EVER be able to do that?”


“Do you really think that will be successful?”


“You ALWAYS keep messing up!”


“You’re not qualified.”


“Hmm, maybe you should scale that idea back. It won’t work anyway.”


The battlefield of the mind


It’s Wellness Wednesday here at Inspired Life and most Wednesdays I share something related to physical wellness, but my friends today it is heavy on my heart to talk about the war we wage in the MIND. Total wellness requires nurturing the spirit, body and the mind. We cannot achieve optimal wellness without embracing mental wellness. To neglect one area is to neglect the others so let’s put on our armor and commence to wage war.


The battlefield is indeed in the mind.


I tend to think of myself as someone who does what the scripture says:

Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. Phil 4:8


But somewhere, somehow, the enemy wormed his way into my mind with some of the lies stated above. I realize when feel hard pressed on every side, I’ve prone to believe these lies and accept them as truth. And that fool has been kind of slick with it too, he knows he cannot attack me with ridiculous, outlandish lies so he’s planted these little ones which I’ve come to accept.



As a young child, week after week I expected my father to rescue me from a home and community filled with drug abuse, violence, and poverty but that didn’t happen. Elementary school and middle school I expected my mother to show up at my graduations but that didn’t happen. These and many other disappointments caused me to “expect nothing”. That was really a defense mechanism to shield myself from further hurt. I came to see that I was projecting that same small thinking on God, “expect little to nothing so you won’t be hurt or disappointed”.


But God says:

I am able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that you can ask or think.

My plans are to give you a future and a hope.

You will not be put to shame.


When God has wired you to be a cautious person then couple that with uncontrollable life circumstances thrust on you during childhood, one can become overly cautious as a means of self-preservation. And that has continued but the enemy uses it against me and distorts it. And I’ve come to accept his lie that I have to tread cautiously, calculate every move, wear a life vest, diving suit, and scuba gear for a swim on the shore.


But God says:

Blessed is the man that trusts in me.

Trust in the name of the Lord.

I will never leave nor forsake you.

Be strong and of good courage for I am with you where ever you go.

Believe in me.

Come to me.


Again in my small expectation thinking, I’m afraid to ask for much. And the much I’m talking about is NOT, “God give me a fly ride and new clothes”. I’m talking about basic needs like food and shelter and an opportunity to grow in ministry for His namesake. But that part of me that’s afraid of disappointment, of the potential of it NOT happening is afraid to ask because if what I ask for doesn’t come to pass, then what will I believe about MY GOD?



But God says:

I am able to make all grace abound toward you so that you have all sufficiency for every good work.

Your expectation is from Me not from people.

If you obey and heed my commands you will prosper and have good success.

Give and it will be given to you pressed down, shaken together, running over.


I had accepted these lies, but no more! I do not desire to be double minded for the doubled minded person is unstable. I find stability in Christ. He is the stable, strong rock and fortress around which I erect my thoughts. And I urge you friends to take your thoughts captive to obey Christ. By the power of the Spirit at work in you, take back your mind.


It is so critical to manage our thought life because what we think is what we become.


For as he thinks in his heart, so is he. Proverbs 23:7


So how do we nourish a healthy thought life? How do we renew our minds?



Put on the mind of Christ. Put on the helmet of salvation; deflecting any blows to the confidence we have in Christ.



Confess the truth of what God says about you, your family, or any situation you may encounter. Meditate on the things mentioned in Philippians 4:8


Give Thanks

God’s grace abounds towards me and towards you. Every second we are presented with an abundance of gifts from Him. He is constantly showing me how much He loves me and for that I give thanks. From the beauty of the sunrise to the squinty-eyed grin of my two year old, I am presented with gift after gift. The onus is on me to recognize the gift, accept the gift, be grateful for the gift and treasure the gift.


Embrace the Now Moment

Continuously redirect your attention to all that is real and truthful in THIS MOMENT. Take your eyes off what could have, should have, might have happened and focus on what is. At present my lungs expand and contract as I breathe in the breath of life, my children are safely nestled in their beds, my belly is full, I have the peace of God, His love fills my heart, I am safe, I am warm.


This quote has been attributed to several different people. I’m not sure who truly ought to get the credit, but it’s a good one,


“Sow a thought, and you reap an act;

Sow an act, and you reap a habit;

Sow a habit, and you reap a character;

Sow a character, and you reap a destiny.”


Your destiny hinges on the every thought you are thinking right now. Surrender your thought life to Him. Give room for His thoughts to become your thoughts. By the power of the spirit at work in you, you are more than a conqueror. You are the victor on the battlefield of the mind.


You have the mind of Christ!


As always, it is my prayer that you’ve been Inspired To Live Fully!


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9 replies
  1. Susan G
    Susan G says:

    It is good to hear your vulnerability. The Lord has brought this topic of girding up the mind to me this year. It has been a battle to remove 1) anxiety, 2) worry & 3) fear which have been buried under the surface of my soul for years. The habits of 1, 2,& 3 came to the surface from others sinful nature. Now is the time to put off this old nature. The old wineskin is coming off! My new wineskin is on the mend with prayer, fasting, prayer & praise. I’m pressing in & on.
    Though I will tell you it has been work. Thank you for sharing sister.

    • Tyra Lane-Kingsland
      Tyra Lane-Kingsland says:

      Yes sweet Susan, no sense putting fresh new wine in old leaky wine skin. So happy that you are being freed by the ONE who came to set the captives free. It is a moment by moment work of renewing the mind and meditating on truth.

  2. Abi Craig
    Abi Craig says:

    Our mind is indeed a battlefield. Fighting for truth is hard work. You are right about needing to CONTINUALLY redirect our thoughts. May God continue to gie you courage to trust Him and act on what is true.

  3. Thandi
    Thandi says:

    Renewing my mind is a daily, hourly and constant process for me. Instead of dwelling on lies I replace them with truth.
    Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.


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