The Victory Is In Your Mind

When it comes to winning in the battlefield of the mind, it’s important for us to guard what enters our minds.  What we allow into our thoughts will either cause us to be defeated in life or give us victory.  So many of God’s saints are defeated in their minds even before they go into battle.  You cannot see victory in your life, if you see yourself defeated in your mind!
If you see yourself as an overcomer before you enter the battle, you are far more likely to be victorious.  The boxer who goes into the boxing ring, must see himself as the Victor before the boxing match.  This is why you may have heard a boxer verbally deride his opponent before a fight.  Why does he do that?  It is because he knows that if he can defeat his opponent in his mind, he has already won the fight.  The devil knows this too, and does everything he can to defeat you in your mind.  You have to guard what you allow into your imagination!
One of the most well-known stories in the Bible is the battle between David and Goliath.  It is the story of a young, inexperienced man facing a menacing giant, who was highly experienced in waging battle.  When Goliath saw the youthfulness of David, he disdained him and cursed him by his gods.
What was David’s response?  He said:
You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin.  But I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.  This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you and take your head from you. And this day I will give the carcasses of the camp of the Philistines to the birds of the air and the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.  Then all this assembly shall know that the Lord does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is the Lord’s and He will give you into our hands.”  (See 1 Samuel 17:45-47 NKJV).
Let me ask you a question:  Do you think David saw himself defeated or victorious before he entered the battle with Goliath?   He not only saw himself victorious over Goliath, he declared it out of his mouth.  By doing this, he not only created an image of defeat in the mind of Goliath, he also created an image of defeat in the minds of the entire Philistine army.  As soon as Goliath hit the ground, and David chopped off his head, the entire Philistine army fled for their lives.  God caused him to win a mighty battle!
All of us face battles and conflicts in life.  We may not have opponents as menacing as Goliath, but we face all kinds of obstacles and difficulties in our every day lives, some more than others. If you are like David, you know that the Lord is the One who gives you the victory.  In fact, the situation may look impossible, yet you know that all things are possible with God. He will help you overcome every problem in your life.
When do you develop that confidence that God will help you win the battle?  Do you wait for the battle to start?  No, you need to do that long before you ever enter the conflict.  You need to build that confidence in your heart and in your mind now.  You need to create the image of victory in your mind, before the battle even begins to start.  You need to guard what you allow into your mind.
People in the New Testament experienced many conflicts in life, and the Apostle Paul certainly had his share.  What was his advice to the saints?  He wrote:
“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, whether there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy – meditate on these things.”  Philippians 4:8 NKJV.
Have you ever wondered how the Apostle Paul never allowed himself to be defeated or give up the ministry?  Now you know!  He did not allow defeat to enter his mind.  He only allowed into his imagination those things which were true, noble, just, pure, lovely, and of a good report.  He guarded his mind!
When the Apostle Paul wrote to Timothy, he mentioned the battles he had been through, stating:
“But you have carefully followed my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, love, perseverance, persecutions, afflictions, which happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium,  at Lystra – what persecutions I endured. And out of them all the Lord delivered me.”  2 Timothy 3:10-11 NKJV.
Regardless what conflicts Paul went through, he was able to cry out, “Out of them all the Lord delivered me!”  Paul had the victory before he entered the battle, and God gave him the victory over every trial and conflict he experienced.  This is why he was able to write:
“Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” Romans 8:37 NKJV.
Thank God you have the victory through Him who loves you!  You need to keep the image of victory in your thoughts and imagination at all times.  Do not let the enemy plant any other picture in your mind.  He is defeated, and you have the victory over him right now!
You are holy, dear saint!
Steve Smith
[All Scripture quotations have been taken from The Holy Bible, New King James Version, copyright 1982, Thomas Nelson, Inc.]

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