As I have looked at the battlefield of the mind, I have noticed that much of what we allow into our imagination controls and shapes our lives.
You may have noticed yourself that when something goes wrong, our imagination can sometimes go into gear and picture the worst case scenario of what could take place. As a result, fear and anxiety can gripe our hearts, and we begin to wonder, “What shall we do?”
Some have a more vivid imaginations than others, so their anxiety levels are more acute. They always imagine the very worst, and then wonder how they will ever cope with the situation.
Jesus addressed this very thing, when He said:
“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ ” Matthew 6:31 NKJV.
Jesus was referring here to anxious thoughts. The enemy immediately takes advantage of adverse circumstances, trying to fill our minds with alarming thoughts, to increase our fear and anxiety. His ultimate goal is to create a stronghold where we are always anxious and it completely controls our lives. The result is that we become completely unfruitful in the Kingdom of God, because anxiety and fear is ruling our lives. That is exactly where the enemy wants us to be. Don’t you agree?
In the Book of Psalms, the psalmist refers to the man who fears the Lord and delights greatly in God’s commandments. He wrote:
“He will not be afraid of evil tidings; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord.” Psalm 112:7 NKJV.
This is the man who has already put his complete trust in the Lord. (This is what fearing the Lord means). When bad news comes, he doesn’t allow himself to be moved by it because he has already fixed his heart and his mind upon the Lord. As a result, his heart remains steadfast because he is trusting in the Lord to work everything out for him.
Have you ever seen a man waiting for his wife to arrive at a certain time, but the wife never showed up? By the time the wife does show up a couple of hours late, the husband has already imagined the worst and is wondering how he going to handle the funeral. It may seem funny, but there are people who actually have thoughts like this go through their mind all the time. They always imagine the worst!
The Lord does not want His saints to live their lives in fear and anxiety. We have the mind of Christ! Our minds should not be the place where the enemy has a field day every time something goes wrong, sending his fiery darts of fear and anxiety into the realm of our imagination, undermining our faith and our ability to serve God, walking in victory.
We need to learn to allow the peace of God rule in our hearts and minds all the time. If we learn to focus our minds on the Lord at all times, and not on the circumstances around us, we will be amazed at how much easier it is to allow the peace of God to rule over our imagination. The prophet Isaiah put it this way:
“You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed upon You, because he trusts in You.” Isaiah 26:3 NKJV.
Imagine being kept in perfect peace! That is the position of those who focus their minds completely on the Lord. It is also the position of those who trust in the Lord to keep them through every situation and problem that life brings their way. This is the kind of person who will not allow the enemy put thoughts of fear and anxiety in their minds, every time something seems to go wrong. This is also the kind of person God wants His saints to be. God loves it when His people really put their trust in Him!
It is the scheme of the enemy to do everything he can to weaken our faith and distract us from the Lord. When we learn to focus our minds completely on the Lord, and not allow the thoughts of the enemy to fill our imagination with fear and anxiety, we find that we are so much stronger in the Lord. The result is that our hearts always remain steadfast, trusting in the Lord to bring us safely through every adverse situation that may come our way.
If you are someone who is prone to always worry and be full of anxiety, you may not overcome this tendency overnight. However, the more you practice focusing your mind on the Lord from day to day, the less ability the enemy will have to trip you up, and drag you into worry and despair.
The Lord doesn’t want you to live a life of defeat, but of constant victory over the enemy. The Apostle Paul wrote:
“Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.” 2 Corinthians 2:14 NKJV.
Yes, God will cause us to always triumph over the enemy, and diffuse the fragrance of the knowledge of who we are in Christ everywhere we go, if we will learn to completely focus our minds and our hearts upon Him.
You are holy, dear saint!
[All Scripture quotations have been taken from The Holy Bible, New King James Version, copyright 1982, Thomas Nelson, Inc.]