Freedom | You Can Win The Battle For Your Mind

Freedom | You Can Win The Battle For Your Mind
Lee Reams

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OUTLINE | YOU CAN WIN THE BATTLE FOR YOUR MIND

THINK ABOUT YOUR OWN BATTLE | Romans 7:4-6, 14-25 NLT

Wrestling with the struggle of the mind

THE IMPORTANT QUESTION | ANDERSON

STRONGHOLDS OF SELF-DEFENSE | 2 Corinthians 10:3-5

Defensive mechanisms and strongholds

SATAN’S SCHEMES | 2 Corinthians 2:10,11

Satan’s aim in the battle for our minds

SATAN AND OUR MINDS | 1 Chronicles 21:1

How Satan assaults your mind

NOT AGAINST FLESH AND BLOOD | 1 Timothy 4:1

Inner Conflict

BRAIN VS. MIND | Psalm 119:147,148

Battles at night

THE BATTLE IS REAL |

Fear becomes reality

TAKE EVERY THOUGHT CAPTIVE | Philippians 4:7

The source

FREEDOM IS AVAILABLE | MAIN TEACHING

Commands to be obeyed Philippians 4:4-9

THINK ABOUT YOUR OWN BATTLE | Romans 7:4-6, 14-25 NLT

Wrestling with the struggle of the mind

TEXT | Romans 7:4-6, 14-25 NLT

Romans 7:4-6 NLT So, my dear brothers and sisters, this is the point: You died to the power of the law when you died with Christ. And now you are united with the one who was raised from the dead. As a result, we can produce a harvest of good deeds for God. When we were controlled by our old nature, sinful desires were at work within us, and the law aroused these evil desires that produced a harvest of sinful deeds, resulting in death. But now we have been released from the law, for we died to it and are no longer captive to its power. Now we can serve God, not in the old way of obeying the letter of the law, but in the new way of living in the Spirit.

Romans 7:14-25 NLT 14 So the trouble is not with the law, for it is spiritual and good. The trouble is with me, for I am all too human, a slave to sin. 15 I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do what I hate. 16 But if I know that what I am doing is wrong, this shows that I agree that the law is good. 17 So I am not the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it. 18 And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. I want to do what is right, but I can’t. 19 I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway. 20 But if I do what I don’t want to do, I am not really the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it. 21 I have discovered this principle of life—that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong. 22 I love God’s law with all my heart. 23 But there is another power within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me. 24 Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? 25 Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord. So you see how it is: In my mind I really want to obey God’s law, but because of my sinful nature I am a slave to sin.

THE IMPORTANT QUESTION |

“HE RESCUED US FROM THE domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins” (Colossians 1:13,14). “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come” (2 Corinthians 5:17). “You have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God” (Colossians 3:3). “If those verses are true, then how come I still struggle with the same thoughts and feelings I did before I became a Christian?”

Anderson, Neil T. (2006-12-15). The Bondage Breaker® (p. 59). Harvest House Publishers. Kindle Edition.

STRONGHOLDS OF SELF-DEFENSE | 2 Corinthians 10:3-5

Defensive mechanisms and strongholds

“In our natural state, we learned many ways to cope with life or defend ourselves which were not always mentally and emotionally healthy. Psychologists refer to these unhealthy patterns of living as defense mechanisms, and they are certainly not congruent with Christianity. For instance, many people have learned to lie in order to protect themselves. Other common defense mechanisms include: denial (conscious or subconscious refusal to face the truth) fantasy (escaping from the real world) emotional insulation (withdrawing to avoid rejection) regression (reverting to less threatening times) displacement (taking out frustrations on others) projection (blaming others) rationalization (making excuses for poor behavior) Defense mechanisms are similar to what Paul calls strongholds. He writes, “Though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10: 3-5). Fortresses (or “strongholds” in the King James Version) are fleshly thought patterns that were programmed into your mind when you learned to live your life independently of God. Your worldview was shaped by the environment you were raised in. But when you became a Christian, nobody pressed the “CLEAR” button. Your old fleshly habit patterns of thought weren’t erased. What was learned has to be unlearned. If you have been trained wrong, can you be retrained? If you believed a lie, can you renounce that lie and choose to believe the truth? Can your mind be reprogrammed? That is what repentance is: a change of mind. We are transformed by the renewing of our minds. We can be transformed because we have the mind of Christ within us and because the Holy Spirit will lead us into all truth. But the world system we were raised in and our independent flesh patterns are not the only enemies of our sanctification. Even though we are new creations in Christ, we still battle the world, the flesh, and the devil.” Anderson, Neil T. (2006-12-15). The Bondage Breaker® (p. 60). Harvest House Publishers. Kindle Edition.

SATAN’S SCHEMES | 2 Corinthians 2:10,11

Satan’s aim in the battle for our minds

“Don’t think that Satan is no longer interested in manipulating your mind in order to accomplish his purposes. Satan’s perpetual aim is to infiltrate your thoughts with his thoughts and to promote his lie in the face of God’s truth. He knows that if he can control your thoughts, he can control your life. That is why Paul continues in the present tense with the statement, “And we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10: 5). In this passage the word “thought” is the Greek word noema. To understand this passage, I have found it helpful to see how Paul uses this word elsewhere in this second letter to the Corinthian church. Paul instructs the church to forgive after the believers carry out church discipline. “One whom you forgive anything, I forgive also; for indeed what I have forgiven, if I have forgiven anything, I did it for your sakes in the presence of Christ, so that no advantage would be taken of us by Satan, for we are not ignorant of his schemes [noema]” (2 Corinthians 2: 10,11). “Schemes” comes from the same root word, noema. Satan does take advantage of those who will not forgive. After helping thousands find their freedom in Christ, I can testify that unforgiveness is the major reason people remain in bondage to the past.” Anderson, Neil T. (2006-12-15). The Bondage Breaker® (p. 61). Harvest House Publishers. Kindle Edition.

SATAN AND OUR MINDS | 1 Chronicles 21:1

How Satan assaults your mind

1 Chronicles 21:1 NLT Satan rose up against Israel and caused David to take a census of the people of Israel.

“Scripture clearly teaches that Satan is capable of putting thoughts into our minds. In the Old Testament “Satan rose up against Israel and incited David to take a census of Israel” (1 Chronicles 21: 1 NIV). What is wrong with taking a census? Shouldn’t David know how many troops he has to take into combat? This really reveals the subtle nature of Satan. He knew that David had a whole heart for God and would not willingly defy the Lord. The strategy was to get David to put his confidence in his resources rather than God’s resources. This was the same David who wrote, “A horse is a false hope for victory” (Psalm 33: 17). He knew the battle belonged to the Lord, but suddenly he had this “thought” to take a census against the protests of Joab, who knew it was sin. Tragically, 70,000 men of Israel fell as the result of David’s sin.” Anderson, Neil T. (2006-12-15). The Bondage Breaker® (p. 63). Harvest House Publishers. Kindle Edition.

NOT AGAINST FLESH AND BLOOD | 1 Timothy 4:1

Inner Conflict

1 Timothy 4:1 NLT 1 Now the Holy Spirit tells us clearly that in the last times some will turn away from the true faith; they will follow deceptive spirits and teachings that come from demons.

“I have counseled hundreds of believers who are struggling with their thought life. Some have difficulty concentrating and reading their Bible, while others actually hear “voices” or struggle with accusing and condemning thoughts. With few exceptions these struggles have proven to be a spiritual battle for their minds. This shouldn’t surprise us since we have been warned in 1 Timothy 4: 1 (NIV): “The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons.” Anderson, Neil T. (2006-12-15). The Bondage Breaker® (p. 65). Harvest House Publishers. Kindle Edition.

BRAIN VS. MIND | Psalm 119:147,148

Battles at night

Psalm 119:147,148 NLT 147 I rise early, before the sun is up; I cry out for help and put my hope in your words. 148 I stay awake through the night, thinking about your promise.

“There is much we don’t know about mental functioning, but we do know that there is a fundamental difference between our brains and our minds. Our brains are organic matter. When we die physically, we are separate from our bodies, and our brain returns to dust. At that moment we will be absent from our bodies and present with the Lord. But we won’t be mindless, because the mind is a part of the soul.” Anderson, Neil T. (2006-12-15). The Bondage Breaker® (p. 66). Harvest House Publishers. Kindle Edition.

THE BATTLE IS REAL |

Fear becomes reality

“We need to expose this spiritual battle for our minds for what it is, so that we can have a comprehensive answer for those who experience it.” Anderson, Neil T. (2006-12-15). The Bondage Breaker® (p. 68). Harvest House Publishers. Kindle Edition.

TAKE EVERY THOUGHT CAPTIVE | Philippians 4:7

The source

Philippians 4:7 NLT 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

“How do we know whether those negative, lying, and condemning thoughts are from the evil one or are just our own flesh patterns? In one sense it doesn’t make any difference. We are to take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ; that is, if it isn’t true, don’t believe it. But you will know such thoughts did not originate from you if you work through the Steps to Freedom and those thoughts are no longer there. Flesh patterns don’t just leave. They are slowly replaced or overcome as we renew our minds. Paul says we are not to be anxious (double-minded) about anything. Rather we are to turn to God in prayer, “and the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds [noema] in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7). The next verse says we are to let our minds dwell on those things which are true, pure, lovely, and right. Our relationship with God is personal, and as in any relationship there are certain issues that have to be resolved in order for the relationship to work. We can’t expect God to bless us if we are living in open rebellion against Him. “Rebellion is like the sin of divination, and arrogance like the evil of idolatry” (1 Samuel 15: 23 NIV). If we are proud, God is opposed to us (James 4: 6). If we are bitter and unwilling to forgive, God will turn us over to the torturers (Matthew 18: 34). These issues have to be resolved first, since only God can bind up the brokenhearted and set the captive free.” Anderson, Neil T. (2006-12-15). The Bondage Breaker® (p. 72). Harvest House Publishers. Kindle Edition.

FREEDOM IS AVAILABLE | Philippians 4:4-9

Commands to be obeyed

TEXT | Philippians 4:4-9 NLT Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice! Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon.

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.

COMMANDS WITH A BLESSING |

A | ALWAYS BE FULL OF JOY IN THE LORD Philippians 4:4 NLT Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice!

B | LET EVERYONE SEE THAT YOU ARE CONSIDERATE IN ALL YOU DO Philippians 4:5 NLT 5 Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon.

C | DON’T WORRY ABOUT ANYTHING PRAY ABOUT EVERYTHING Philippians 4:6-7 NLT 6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

D | FIX YOUR THOUGHTS Philippians 4:8 NLT 8 And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.

E | PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE (EXPERIENCE) Philippians 4:9 NLT 9 Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.

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