How to Overcome the Battle in Your Mind

Do your thoughts, mindset, perspective and beliefs come under siege at times, or do you struggle with emotions such as anxiety or stress? This week I am sharing some important keys to overcoming the battle in your mind, along with a prayer to help you break free.

It has often been said that the mind is the primary battlefield when it comes to spiritual warfare. The Apostle Paul teaches about this, saying:

‘For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.

We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.’ (2 Cor 10:3-5, NIV)


1. Know the Importance of Your Thought Life

Your mind is like valuable real estate and the enemy is constantly haggling to gain a slice of that ground.

Why is your mind so valuable? The truth is, whatever is taking place in your thought life, even subconsciously, is controlling your whole life. By extension, it is influencing the lives of others that you are connected to.

The enemy wants that ground because he knows the ramifications of your thought life.

Satan knows that if you wake up to who you are and Whose you are, you will be unstoppable!


2. Identify the Source of Your Thoughts

‘…letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.’ (Rom 8:6, NLT)

What we are thinking, what is playing in our head, reveals the source; the voice we are listening to.

If our thought life is not in alignment with God’s Word, and with the Holy Spirit, something is wrong. We need to ask, ‘what am I thinking, and what is the source of what I am thinking?’

We either have the mind of Christ, or we are being influenced by another source—the kingdom of darkness.

We see this contrast clearly in Matthew 16, where in one moment, Jesus commends Peter for having a revelation direct from the Father. And in the next paragraph, He is rebuking Satan for operating through Peter’s mind and words, adding, “You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.” (see Matt 16:16-23)

There is no such thing as neutral ground when it comes to your thought life. Your every thought, belief and attitude is either in agreement with God’s Word—or it is under contention.


3. Realize Dominant Emotions are a Clue

If you are experiencing overwhelming emotions—such as anxiety—a key to breakthrough is to recognize that underlying those feelings may be a belief about what is true.

The Holy Spirit wants to reveal what God declares to be true in Scripture, and the perspective of what your Father is seeing. ‘For the kingdom of God is…righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit’. (Rom 14:17)


4. Choose to Agree with the Spirit and God’s Word

‘The person with the Spirit makes judgments about all things, but such a person is not subject to merely human judgments, for, “Who has known the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.’ (1 Corinthians 2:15)

Once you have identified any message, any ‘tape’ that is playing in your mind that is not in alignment with the Holy Spirit, God’s Word, and His promises, you are armed for battle. You can combat those messages and lies of the enemy. You can reject them—refuse to give the enemy that ground.

You can also choose to receive and believe what God says concerning you, and the situation you are thinking about.


A Prayer to Help Overcome the Battle in the Mind

Jesus paid the price of His own blood to purchase you, body, soul and spirit, so that He could redeem you to the Father. (1 Thess 5:23)

Your thought life, your mind is valuable to God.

It can be helpful, as you identify particular lies and ungodly messages, to renounce them. I encourage you to be intentional about replacing ungodly thinking and negative messages with the truth of God’s Word. Read again the opening Scripture (2 Cor 10:3-5) and pray the following:

‘Father, I recognize that there have been ways of thinking, and thoughts that have been playing in my mind that are not from you…Thoughts that have been sourced in human interests, and in the kingdom of darkness.
I repent of these thoughts (take time to identify and name them)
I reject and renounce them, in Jesus Name. I tear down every stronghold in my life and cancel every strategy and assignment of the enemy related to those messages and thoughts, in Jesus’ Name.
My Lord and my God, I choose to believe what You have said, and in particular, what You say about me. I choose to align my thinking with Your Spirit, Your Word and Your promises to me.
I receive Your peace as a guard over my heart and mind right now, in Jesus’ Name.’


Spiritual Warfare Online Course

Would you like more tools to overcome spiritual pressure and the battle in your mind?

The above article is an excerpt from my online course, ‘Spiritual Warfare 101: How to Identify and Overcome Spiritual Attack’.

To enroll or find out more, visit the course page here: ‘Spiritual Warfare 101: How to Identify and Overcome Spiritual Attack’.


© Helen Calder Enliven Blog – Prophetic Teaching
Enliven Ministries
A part of the David McCracken Ministries family

3 Signs Spiritual Warfare is a Distraction

There is a certain type of spiritual warfare that is aimed at taking you off course and distracting you from what God has called you to do. The greatest temptation in those times is to divert valuable time and resources to deal with it.

This is one reason why discernment, oversight and wisdom are so important when it comes to spiritual warfare.

This is what happened to Nehemiah. God gave Nehemiah a responsibility—to govern Jerusalem and lead the rebuilding of Jerusalem’s walls.

Throughout the book of Nehemiah, the Jews’ enemies used a number of strategies to stop them completing the project.


Here are 3 signs that spiritual warfare is a distraction, from Nehemiah’s story:

1. The Enemy is using Discouragement and Intimidation

The Jews’ enemy, Sanballat, is angry about Nehemiah’s plans to rebuild the wall. And his first response is ridicule. He mocks the Jews, and in the presence of his associates and the army of Samaria, says, “What are those feeble Jews doing? Will they restore their wall? Will they offer sacrifices? Will they finish in a day? Can they bring the stones back to life from those heaps of rubble—burned as they are?” (Neh 4:1b-2)

The aim of these insults and questions seems to be twofold:

  • Gaining support for their negative opinions
  • Getting Nehemiah and the Jews to doubt their capability of whether they can do what God has called them to do

This is a reminder that one of the enemy’s chief strategies is intimidation and discouragement.

Now look at Nehemiah’s response:

  • He doesn’t let it aggravate him
  • He refuses to let it affect his progress
  • His first response is to take it to prayer

2. The Enemy Issues Threats

When the walls are halfway to completion, the enemies of Judah are becoming agitated. Now they issue a direct threat. They are plotting a physical attack. Notice that Nehemiah doesn’t minimize the threats—he takes them seriously—but he doesn’t stop the work, either.

Nehemiah keeps in mind that the enemy’s real purpose is to get the people to stop the work of completing the walls

So now, Nehemiah puts a strategy in place. He continues the building, but he also sets up a guard as well.


3. There is Blatant Distraction

Nehemiah’s enemies try another tactic, after the above two have failed. They send an invitation to Nehemiah to meet with them, to discuss various ‘issues’. And Nehemiah responds:

“I am carrying on a great project and cannot go down. Why should the work stop while I leave it and go down to you?” (Neh 6:3)

All of these threats escalate, but by the end of chapter 6, Nehemiah and his people have persevered and the wall is built.

Here’s the bottom line: In spite of the many distractions and threats, that wall was built without Nehemiah once having to directly engage in battle!

To sum up, there are going to be times when the enemy is threatening and his aim is to get you to draw aside and engage in spiritual warfare.

In this case, a threat is not directly in front of you, it is off to one side—and its chief aim is to distract and hinder you from finishing what God has called you to do. You have a choice as to whether or not to engage.

Be like Nehemiah, who determined to keep on going and did not allow his enemies to sway him from his purpose.


Spiritual Warfare Online Course:

I have just launched first new online course, ‘Spiritual Warfare 101: How to Identify and Overcome Spiritual Attack’ and I warmly invite you to join me!

This course includes around 30 mini lectures on video, and is full of Biblical wisdom and strategies to help you overcome in time of battle. There is also a downloadable full transcript in PDF version.

And once you’re in, there is no expiry date, so you can continue to journey with me through upgrades and increased course content in the future.

  • I have added two bonus eBooks into the course content. These are ‘The Script: Choose Your Story, Change Your Life’ and ‘Unlocking the Gift of Discernment’ (2nd Edition).

The Bible has great news. You do not have to be weighed down by spiritual oppression or put up with pressure and attack! Find out more about the course, ‘Spiritual Warfare 101: How to Identify and Overcome Spiritual Attack’ here.


© Helen Calder Enliven Blog – Prophetic Teaching
Enliven Ministries
A part of the David McCracken Ministries family

Spiritual Warfare: 7 Reasons to Learn More About It

This week I have launched first new online course, ‘Spiritual Warfare 101: How to Identify and Overcome Spiritual Attack’ and I warmly invite you to join me!

This course includes around 30 mini lectures on video, and is full of Biblical wisdom and strategies to help you overcome in time of battle. There is also a downloadable full transcript in PDF version.

And once you’re in, there is no expiry date, so you can continue to journey with me through upgrades and increased course content in the future.

  • I have added two bonus eBooks into the course content. These are ‘The Script: Choose Your Story, Change Your Life’ and ‘Unlocking the Gift of Discernment’ (2nd Edition).

The Bible has great news. You do not have to be weighed down by spiritual oppression or put up with pressure and attack! Find out more about the course, ‘Spiritual Warfare 101: How to Identify and Overcome Spiritual Attack’ here.


Why would you learn about spiritual warfare? Here are 7 reasons why learning about spiritual warfare and how God has given you the power to overcome, is a great thing to do:

1. You Grow in Biblical Wisdom

Spiritual warfare is a major theme of the Bible—from the third chapter of Genesis when the serpent enters the garden, to the twentieth chapter of Revelation when the devil is once and for all thrown into the lake of fire.

And the Bible tells us: ‘The reason [Jesus] the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work.’ (1 John 3:8b)
So if this topic plays such a significant part in Scripture, then it should be something we pay attention to.


2. You Get a Balanced Perspective

There are two errors Christians can fall into when it comes to spiritual warfare – one is, to make too much of it, and at the other extreme, is to ignore it altogether. And the remedy for both of these is to find out what the Bible says about the topic.

Jesus addresses this in Luke 10, when He sends 70 disciples out on a ministry trip. And right there in that story, we have:

  • The reality-check, that when we follow Jesus and do His work, we will engage the enemy
  • Assurance of our authority to deal with warfare when it comes up
  • A reminder of our protection
  • And a call to balance

As Jesus said to His rejoicing disciples, “Do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” (Luke 10:20)


3. It Leads You to Worship Jesus

And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross. (Col 2:15)
Our first point of reference in spiritual warfare is in the past. It’s back to the cross where the victory was won by Jesus once and for all! And when you meditate on what He’s done through His suffering, and think about Jesus’ greatness and His supremacy, you can’t help but be amazed and worship Him.


4. You Find out More About Who You are

‘You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.’ (1 John 4:4)
You are an overcomer in Christ. That’s your DNA—it’s your heritage, your legacy. It is the nature of the Holy Spirit within you. He is a Spirit of boldness and conquest. And a great way to discover your spiritual authority is in the context of learning about spiritual warfare.


5. It Breaks the Power of Intimidation

The Bible says, ‘God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind’ (2 Tim 1:7). Fear has to do with deception—which is always broken by the truth of God’s Word.


6. You are Prepared for Spiritual Attack

‘Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.'(1 Peter 5:8)
The Bible tells us to be alert and to resist the devil—and we can only do that when we’re properly equipped and prepared, and have the faith that arises from knowing God and His Word.


7. You can Pursue God’s Plan for Your life

Our goal in spiritual warfare is not to draw attention to what the devil is doing. Our goal is to focus on our Heavenly Father and pay attention to what He is doing—and to not put up with less than His best. To not allow pressures, obstacles, hindrances or battles to stand in our way, but to honour Jesus and His purpose for our lives.


© Helen Calder Enliven Blog – Prophetic Teaching
Enliven Ministries
A part of the David McCracken Ministries family

5 Signs You are in a Spiritual Battle (and how to overcome)

Has anyone ever said to you, ‘Do you want the good news or the bad news first?’ In that moment, you hope that the good news more than compensates for the bad news!

spiritual_battleThis is the approach Peter takes in his first New Testament letter. ‘Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.’ (1 Pet 5:8) After sharing the bad news, he adds:

  • You are able to resist
  • You can stand firm in faith, and
  • You are not alone (see 1 Pet 5:9)

This good news does not just alleviate the bad news—it completely overturns it! The truth is that you are victorious through Christ. However, being alert means that you need to pay attention, so that you can identify when the enemy is at work.

There are going to be times when you are faced with opposition from people, or human institutions, or systems set up by people. And those things are applying pressure against you.

Perhaps you can relate to this now.

Paul reminds us to discern with our spiritual senses when this occurs. For although the conflict appears to be from a human source, there may be a demonic power behind it.

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood…’ (Eph 6:10-12a)

That word ‘schemes’ in the Greek is methodeia. It means ‘to follow craftily, frame devices, deceive’ and is also translated ‘wiles’ or ‘lie in wait.’ [1]

It is this very trickery that causes us to believe that the source of our battle is a person or human in origin, when it is not.


5 Signs you are ‘not fighting flesh and blood’

‘For our struggle is not against flesh and blood…’ (Eph 6:12a)

The Greek word Paul uses for ‘struggle’ can also be translated ‘wrestle’. It is defined as:

‘Wrestling (a contest between two in which each endeavors to throw the other, and which is decided when the victor is able to hold his opponent down with his hand upon his neck)’ [2]

This metaphor gives us some insight as to the signs and effects of a spiritual battle taking place: [3]

  1. You feel stifled; it feels as though there is a stranglehold coming against you
  2. You are being held back, or pushed back in some way
  3. You are on the ground (feeling disabled) and you don’t know how you are going to get up
  4. You are tempted to feel as though you are a victim
  5. You are feeling knocked around or beaten up

The struggle is against God’s purpose for your life, your marriage, family, work or ministry, and you may even be tempted to give up.

As soon as you become aware of the true nature of the battle, you can turn it around.

At the very moment you discern the true source of that warfare—that it is not a person, a system, or an institution—you can shift the battle into the spiritual realm.


How the Battle Turns

‘Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.’ (James 4:7)

Kingdom EncounterInterestingly, James makes this statement in the context of human conflict (see James 4:1-6). Are you looking for a person fighting with you to change, in order for the battle to shift? According to the Bible, the turning point of spiritual warfare is not when the other person changes.

The turning point comes when you recommit personally to God, coming under the authority of the One who has ultimate authority.

Submitting is whatever the Holy Spirit shows you to do—and can involve many things including:

  • A conscious reaffirming of Jesus’ Lordship in every area of your life
  • Coming back to a position of faith and believing God’s Word
  • Repentance, so that any ‘foothold’ the enemy has had in your life is broken (Eph 4:27b)
  • Repositioning in your thinking
  • An attitude of worship
  • Recognition that the battle is a spiritual one and that your place is with Jesus, ‘seated in Heavenly places’ (Eph 2:6)

Now, you resist—and that enemy must flee. Because submitting to God and actively resisting makes you dangerous.

Finally, the best news of all:

‘The Lord is a warrior; the LORD is His Name’. (Ex 15:3, NIV)
‘The Lord shall go forth like a mighty man; He shall stir up His zeal like a man of war.’ (Isaiah 42:13a NKJV)

There is a revelation of Who your God is, that you will only receive in the midst of a conflict.


Notes:

[1] https://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=G3180&t=KJV See also Eph 4:14 KJV

[2] https://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=G3823&t=KJV

[3] For more signs, see my article 12 Signs of Spiritual Warfare


Spiritual Warfare Online Course

I have just launched first new online course, ‘Spiritual Warfare 101: How to Identify and Overcome Spiritual Attack’ and I warmly invite you to join me!

This course includes around 30 mini lectures on video, and is full of Biblical wisdom and strategies to help you overcome in time of battle. There is also a downloadable full transcript in PDF version.

And once you’re in, there is no expiry date, so you can continue to journey with me through upgrades and increased course content in the future.

The Bible has great news. If you have discerned signs of a spiritual battle taking place, you do not have to be weighed down by spiritual oppression or put up with pressure and attack! Find out more about the course, ‘Spiritual Warfare 101: How to Identify and Overcome Spiritual Attack’ here.


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© 2016 Helen Calder Enliven Blog – Prophetic Teaching

On team with David McCracken Ministries: Prophetic Ministry That Empowers The Church

18 Benefits of Going Through Spiritual Warfare

Have you ever had times when it seems as though the enemy is coming at you from every side?

spiritual warfare fresh anointingDuring a spiritual attack, there is an unusual amount of pressure coming against you, especially against God’s plan for your life and the lives of others around you.

  • There may be challenges in the area of your health, or provision
  • The enemy may be using people or circumstances to oppress you, or to hinder the work of God in your life
  • There may be trials of temptation, fear, or a battle coming against your mind

Why does God allow us to experience spiritual warfare? As Graham Cooke says, God allows in His wisdom what He could easily prevent by His power.

God’s plan is that you will overcome. He always has your best interests at heart—for He is a good Father.

If you perceive signs of spiritual warfare at work in your life, family or ministry, these 18 benefits of spiritual warfare, along with direct quotes from the Bible, will encourage you to keep going.


18 Scriptural Benefits of Spiritual Warfare

1. You receive a fresh anointing
‘You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.’ (Psalm 23:5)

2. You experience the nearness of God’s Presence
‘Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers,and under his wings you will find refuge’ (Psalm 91:3-4)
(See also Psalm 23:4)

3. You have a greater awareness and experience of spiritual authority
4. You experience supernatural joy
The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.”
[Jesus] replied, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” (Luke 10:17-20)
(See also 1 Peter 1:6-9)

5. You experience God’s protection
‘But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one.’ (2 Thess 3:3)

6. God allows times of sifting to purify your character
7. You can help and lead others through similar difficulties
“Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.” (Luke 22:31-32)

8. You emerge with a greater empowering of the Holy Spirit
‘When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him until an opportune time.
Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread through the whole countryside.’ (Luke 4:13-14)
(See also 2 Cor 12:7-9)

9. Your perspective is sharpened – of your weakness and God’s strength
10. You gain an increased understanding of God’s grace
‘Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.’ (2 Cor 12:7b-9)

11. You grow in perseverance
‘Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.’ (James 1:2)

12. God gets the credit and glory when you overcome
‘But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. And I was delivered from the lion’s mouth. The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory for ever and ever. Amen.’ (2 Tim 4:17-18)
(See also Acts 28:1-10, 1 Peter 1:6-9)

13. You become stronger in faith
‘Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings. And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.’ (1 Peter 5:8-10)

14. You have an opportunity to submit to God
‘Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.’ (James 4:7)

15. You grow in your skill of handling God’s Word
‘Your commands are always with me and make me wiser than my enemies.’ (Psalm 119:98)
‘Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.’ (Eph 6:17)

16. You have an opportunity to use your prophecies to wage warfare (as you hold on to and declare Father’s intention)
 ‘Timothy, my son, I am giving you this command in keeping with the prophecies once made about you, so that by recalling them you may fight the battle well.’ (1 Tim 1:18)

17. You are already an overcomer by God’s Word—and now you experience it as a reality
‘The Lord will grant that the enemies who rise up against you will be defeated before you. They will come at you from one direction but flee from you in seven.’ (Deut 28:7)
‘You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.’ (1 John 4:4)

18. God uses what the enemy intends for evil and turns it for good
‘You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.’ (Gen 50:20)
‘And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.’ (Rom 8:28)
(See also Is 54:17)

If you are experiencing a spiritual battle right now, or know someone who is, I pray that the above Bible verses encourage you. Meditate on them and turn them into a personal declaration. God is coming through for you!


Notes:

Unless otherwise noted, Scripture quotations in Enliven Blog are from the HOLY BIBLE: NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. NIV. Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House. All rights reserved.


© 2016 Helen Calder Enliven Blog – Prophetic Teaching

On team with David McCracken Ministries: Prophetic Ministry That Empowers The Church