The Battle of the Mind

Man with spearFor though we walk in the flesh, we don’t wage war according to the flesh; for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but mighty before God to the throwing down of strongholds,throwing down imaginations and every high thing that is exalted against the knowledge of God, and bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ; and being in readiness to avenge all disobedience, when your obedience will be made full. — 2 Corinthians 10:4-6 (WEB)

Here is one important factor in gaining victory over sin and addictions in your life. Bring every thought captive to Jesus Christ. That is probably totally impossible to do if you haven’t yet placed your faith in Jesus Christ, so start there. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you, and then strengthen your spirit and retrain your mind by meditating on the Word of God. You can save yourself a lot of grief, that way.

There was once a man who thought that he could battle evil thoughts in his mind with physical weapons. One time, he was so troubled by his thoughts that he started swinging an ax around wildly. It didn’t make the thoughts go away, but he accidentally lodged his ax in a friend’s head. (I’ll not tell you his name or tribe, except to say that he wasn’t in the same tribe as the gentleman in the picture, but in the same country.) Ironically, his friend was a Bible translator, working to make the Holy Bible understandable to him. The Bible translator’s wife continued the work, and this man’s language group learned the Truth of spiritual warfare from the New Testament.
Finally, be strong in the Lord, and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world’s rulers of the darkness of this age, and against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore, put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and, having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having the utility belt of truth buckled around your waist, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having fitted your feet with the preparation of the Good News of peace; above all, taking up the shield of faith, with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; with all prayer and requests, praying at all times in the Spirit, and being watchful to this end in all perseverance and requests for all the saints: on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in opening my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the Good News, for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.Ephesians 6:10-20 (WEB)

Freedom of Speech

William Edoni preachingYou may think you have freedom of speech, just because you live in the United States of America. I have news for you. There are people elsewhere who have more freedom of speech. There are also many who have much less freedom of speech. I know of a man who was just yesterday arrested by Muslim police on charges of engaging in activities involving telling the Truth about Jesus Christ– something that could likely cause a Muslim to forsake Islam and become a Christian. Please pray for this man for God’s will to be done, be it release or martyrdom. (I’m being vague about who this is and where he is for security reasons, but rest assured he is a real man with real feelings and real danger. God knows his name and location.) As an American, you can proudly say that wouldn’t happen in the USA, and if it did, it would be illegal and not tolerated.

Now you can stop the pride, and consider just how bad the subtle change from freedom of religion, guaranteed by the U. S. Constitution, to freedom from religion, made up by anti-Christs, has become in the USA. Although Congress is forbidden by the U. S. Constitution to make any law that prohibits the free exercise of religion, it did pass a law that restricts religious organizations from participating fully in politics unless they are willing to accept a much higher tax burden. OK, so freedom isn’t so free when it is taxed, is it? Or what about the freedom of individuals within any level of government down to the local school teacher to express their beliefs? There has been so much concern about appearing to establish an official religion that the net effect has been to restrict the practice of some religions, especially Christianity. Christianity is especially vulnerable, because Jesus Christ commanded his disciples to tell others about Him, and to teach them all He commanded. Some countries that are officially Christian but tolerate dissenting views are actually more free than the USA with respect to the ability of Christians to be honest in public schools.

It is difficult in the USA to be both a politician and a preacher, for example. My Papua New Guinean friend, William Edoni (pictured in this article), didn’t have that problem. He was both. I do know of an American who is both… but I had better not write praises about him here, lest anyone think that I’m speaking for a nonprofit corporation. I can still speak as a citizen in other places, though.