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.’


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How to Have an Unshakeable Prophetic Ministry

In order to have an unshakeable prophetic ministry—one that is going to last the test of time and trials—we need to have strong, secure foundations. [1]

The Apostle Paul describes the church as being ‘built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone.’ (Eph 2:20 NIV)

In ancient times, a cornerstone was the first foundation stone laid in a building. It was critical to the success of the construction. 

Every other stone, every building block, was lined up against the cornerstone.

This way, the whole building would be perfectly aligned throughout the building process, right through to completion. [2]

Our most important foundation in prophetic ministry is Jesus Christ Himself.

Jesus is our cornerstone; He is our source and primary reference point when it comes to our life, faith and ministry. And that includes our journey of growing in hearing God’s voice.


How to Have an Unshakeable Prophetic Ministry

So what does it look like, to have Jesus as the cornerstone of our prophetic ministry? Here are 4 important things you can pay attention to, as you grow in your journey of hearing from God and sharing with others what He is saying:

1. Make Jesus Your Primary Message

Jesus is the Christ. This truth is the beginning of our salvation (Acts 16:31) and is our cornerstone revelation. (Matt 16:16-18)

The author of Hebrews wrote: ‘In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe.’ (Heb 1:1) 

As God’s message, Jesus perfectly represents the Father. He said, ‘Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father.’ (John 14:9)

In prophetic ministry, our focus is always upon Jesus. What we are hearing will be in accordance with the truth of Who He is. Like Jesus, we will accurately represent the Father. Every prophetic insight we receive will both reveal Jesus, and point people to Jesus.


2. Check that Your Insights are Redemptive

As Jesus’ set out on His ministry, He made an announcement from the Prophet Isaiah: “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” (Luke 4:18-19a)

This is the message of the Gospel:

  • It is good news to the poor
  • It proclaims and results in freedom
  • It invites reconciliation (2 Cor 5:18-19)

This is the central message of the Gospel: ‘that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.’ ( 2 Cor 5:19)

In prophetic ministry, what you are hearing from God—revelation from the Holy Spirit—will always resonate with the message of the Gospel. It will be redemptive, reflecting God’s heart and purpose to redeem and restore.


3. Let Jesus be Your Greatest Role Model

Elijah is not our principle role model, neither is Elisha, nor any of the great Old Testament prophets. Of course we will learn from them. We also honor God’s gifts of mentors, leaders, spiritual parents and five-fold ministers today, who inspire and equip us and reveal more of Jesus to us.

However, our greatest desire in prophetic ministry should be to be like Jesus. There are many ways in which we can grow in Christ-likeness.

  • We can grow in power and spiritual authority
  • We can grow in reflecting the Father
  • We can grow in generosity, wisdom and love

As we grow to be like Jesus, our communication style and language will be plain and easily understood by the culture we are ministering to. Mark says of Jesus, ‘And the common people heard Him gladly.’ (Mark 12:37 NKJV) or elsewhere translated, ‘the large crowd listened to Him with delight’ (NIV)

As you grow in hearing from God,  you can test weigh up your insights by asking, ‘Is this something Jesus would say—and is it the way He would say it? Am I being motivated by the love of the Father, and His generosity, as Jesus demonstrated? [3]


4. Let Intimacy with Jesus be Your Source

The cornerstone (along with the capstone) was the most important stone in ancient buildings. It was the stone by which every other building block was laid and aligned. However, these days a ‘cornerstone’ is often symbolic only; it may be a marble stone, placed externally for everyone to see, with an inscription and dedication on it. Its purpose is for display rather than function.

Sometimes our relationship with God can get like that. Other people can see that we are working hard for God; we may be operating in spiritual gifts, but in that deep, hidden place of our life, the cornerstone of our love relationship with Jesus is missing. (Rev 2:1-5)

Are you feeling dry? Today, Jesus invites you to come to Him. He is calling you to renew your relationship with Him and to be filled with His Spirit.

In that place of intimate communion with Him, you will hear His voice. Your ministry will be life-giving once more.


Notes:

[1] Additional foundations we teach (our core values of prophetic ministry) include Biblical integrity, operating in prophetic ministry out of a New Testament paradigm, godly character, teachability, accountability and honouring leadership, and gifts operating in the Biblical context of church life (1 Cor 12-14)

[2] Peter describes Jesus as being ‘the Living Stone’ and quotes the Prophet Isaiah: ‘So this is what the Sovereign Lord says: “See, I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and precious cornerstone, and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame.”’ (1 Pet 2:4,6 NIV, Isaiah 28:16) See also Psalm 118:22.
For more on Cornerstone, see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cornerstone ‘The cornerstone (or foundation stone) concept is derived from the first stone set in the construction of a masonry foundation, important since all other stones will be set in reference to this stone, thus determining the position of the entire structure.’ Or for Bible dictionary references, http://www.bible-history.com/links.php?cat=39&sub=788&cat_name=Manners+%26+Customs&subcat_name=Cornerstone

[3] For more about weighing up insights, see the article, ‘How to Check Your Prophetic Insight is From God’


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

8 Signs You May Have a Gift of Prophecy

How do you know if you have a gift of prophecy? It is common for people who are in the early stages of developing a prophetic gift to experience uncertainty and questions. If you can relate to this, these signs will encourage you to keep moving forward and develop your gift of prophecy:

8 Signs You May Have a Prophetic Gift

1. You Desire a Close Relationship with God

Prophetic insights are sourced in an intimate relationship with God—His Presence is where you hear His voice and receive revelation from Him.

So one sign you have a prophetic gift is that you are not satisfied with a shallow relationship—you want to be close to Him.

That is because God has called you to be one who hears the whispers of what is on His heart—to learn what His intention is and pass it on to others. (John 13:23-25)


2. You Want to Learn About Prophecy

‘Follow the way of love and eagerly desire gifts of the Spirit, especially prophecy.’ (1 Cor 14:1).

A hunger or longing for a gift can be from the Holy Spirit, as He is drawing you towards God’s purpose for your life.

This is the hidden stage of a gift—where very few people, except those who are close enough to know the desires of your heart, are aware that you have the ability. But God knows—He has placed that desire within you because He is drawing you towards your destiny. ‘Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart’ (Psalm 37:4)


3. You Tend to Pray Prophetically

A gift of prophecy often shows up in prayer before it manifests in other ways.

  • You find yourself praying something spontaneously that you hadn’t thought of—and you realise the Holy Spirit has led you
  • You are praying for another person or situation—and you get feedback that what you prayed for was exactly what was needed
  • You discover God has given you knowledge in prayer that you could not know by natural means

Prophetic prayer is powerful—because you are praying according to God’s purposes. As 1 John 5:14-15 says, ‘This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.’


4. You Have Had Confirmation that you Accurately Hear from God

A sign that you have a gift of prophecy is that you build up a track record of hearing from God accurately. For example:

  • People you have prayed for, or shared prophetic encouragement with, have given you feedback that your prophetic insight was spot on
  • You have found yourself thinking about a Scripture or message—and then your Pastor or another person shared the same one
  • You have journaled something you believe God is saying—and it has come to pass

Very often these kinds of confirmations are private—this is the Holy Spirit giving you are nudge to explore your prophetic gift further.


5. People Have Been Helped by Prophetic Insights You have Shared

Accuracy alone is not a sign you have a gift—in the Bible, a spiritual gift must be exercised in love and bear good fruit that honours God (1 Cor 13, 14).

The Apostle Paul said, ‘the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouraging and comfort… the one who prophesies edifies the church.’ (1 Cor 14:3, 4b)

So important questions to ask are:

  • ‘Have people been helped, encouraged, strengthened and comforted by the prophetic insights I have shared?
  • ‘Has the church been built up?’

The sign of a prophetic gift is that people are helped and drawn closer to God by what you have heard from God and shared.


6. You Find Yourself in Circumstances Where a Word from God is Needed

One sign of a prophetic gift is that God engineers circumstances to gently push you into needing to hear from Him. You find yourself in a place where you need to respond and act on what you hear. For example:

  • Someone you are praying with needs a word of encouragement from God, or
  • You have some personal circumstances where prophetic guidance is necessary

7. You Have Prophetic Values

Here are some core values that those who have a gift of prophecy tend to have in common:

  • A love for God’s Presence
  • A high value on hearing God’s voice and the prophetic gift and ministry
  • A passion about God’s prophetic promises
  • A love for holiness and justice and the righteous standard of God’s Word

You may wonder why other people don’t see things the same way as you do—but the reason is, God has placed prophetic values in your DNA. It’s how He has designed you.


8. You Have Been Through a Trial in Relation to Your Gift of Prophecy

A pattern we see in Scripture is that someone who has a ministry calling goes through a trial, or a failure, or what we might call a ‘wilderness experience’ in relation to their gifts. So if you have had difficulties, or you have felt shut down in the area of prophecy, be encouraged. This may well be a sign you are gifted and called in prophecy.

God has an end in mind. Don’t let the enemy hook you to a past experience through hurt or disappointment. Remember Proverbs 4:23 says, ‘Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.’

Do whatever it takes, forgive others and yourself; keep your heart free to move on, pick up your prophetic gift once more, because God is coming through for you.


Can you identify some signs that you have a prophetic gift? Leave a message in the comments section to let us know which ones you relate to. If the comments box is not visible, click on this link and scroll down.


What to read next:

How to develop your prophetic gift: where to begin
Taking the pressure off when you are growing in prophecy


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

The Key to Revival and Miracles: It’s a Bible Revival

Many of us who are prophetic at heart have a common passion for revival. We share a longing to see the church fully awakened, surrendered to God, on fire for Jesus, empowered in the Spirit.

We desire to see miracles, signs and healing, and multitudes of people encountering God.

We know (and have often been taught) that prayer, hunger for God, and making room for the move of the Holy Spirit are powerful keys that can ignite revival.

There is another key for revival that you see many times in Scripture. It is also borne out in church history—but is less talked about. And that is, a revival of God’s Word.

A Bible revival.

‘Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law.’ (Psalm 119:18)

When you study the Kings God used to bring spiritual revival in the Old Testament, you see that they:

  • brought out the Scripture
  • adjusted the governing of the nation according to it
  • taught it to God’s people.
  • Used it to restore worship

National revival flowed out of the renewed emphasis placed upon Scripture.

King Jehoshaphat is well known for the battle in which he sent a choir of praisers to sing ahead of the army. The enemies turned on each other and Judah won the battle simply by taking God at His prophetic word. (2 Chron 20)

Well before that event, Jehoshaphat led a revival of God’s Word. King Jehoshaphat sent out officials, priests and tutors throughout Judah to educate all of the people in the Scriptures.

As the people of God came under the sound of His Word, the fear of God fell upon all of Judah’s enemies. Those who had once been enemies gave them tributes, wealth and gifts. (2 Chron 17)

It was a supernatural move of God.

Right now, the Holy Spirit is calling God’s people back to His Word. And here is the precedent, the plumb line God is calling us back to:

It is Jesus’ example.

After His resurrection, Jesus walked alongside some disciples on the road to Emmaus. And Luke writes: ‘…beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.’ (Luke 24:27)

We also learn of His instruction to the disciples:
‘He said to them, “This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.” Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures.’ (Luke 24:44-45)

God is calling us back to this post-resurrection view of God’s Word; seeing Jesus revealed in every book of the Bible and in turn, making Jesus known through God’s Word.

This is the Gospel. This is the power of transformation. And this is what Paul refers to when he says:

‘And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.’ (2 Cor 3:18)

Paul’s context is beholding the glory of God in the mirror of God’s Word—a New Covenant perspective—he has just referred to the books of Moses! We often miss it, but the Holy Spirit is highlighting it.

A revival is on its way—one that reveals the Saviour through God’s Word.

  • A revival that doesn’t minimize God’s requirement for holiness, but along with it holds up for all to view, the full payment of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross for our sin.
  • A view of God’s Word that reveals the heart of the Father who sent His Son—a God of love on a mission to restore relationship with His people from Genesis to Revelation.

Today, take time to immerse in the great treasure that is God’s Word and be transformed by the glory of the One you see.

This is the Gospel, and this is where revival begins.


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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

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