I am NOT a helpless victim of Satan.
Goal: Sustainable victory. Being filled with the power of Christ so that the ONE who is able will keep me from falling and will one day present me before (Christ) without fault and with great joy (Jude 24).
Need: Weakness or temptation of the spirit needs the same thing our weak body needs – consistent healthful input — a change of habit to increase strength and vitality.
Habit: Take comfort – to trust in – the mind of Christ instead of my mind or emotions. 1Corinthians 2:16 For WHO HAS KNOWN THE MIND OF THE LORD, THAT HE SHOULD INSTRUCT HIM? But we have the mind of Christ.
When I find my thinking straying or sinking I can turn to the mind of Christ and redirect my thoughts to be consistent with His will.
Effect: – His power increases – my weakness decreases – John 3:30 –He must become greater; I must become less.
When I rely on the power He poured into us at the time of salvation – the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit – I allow His power to increase, and mine to decrease. When we receive Christ we receive ALL of Him, but we sometimes don’t offer access to all of us.
If I learn to rely on Christ and turn to His Spirit within on a daily basis, that habit will train my thoughts. Captive thoughts will lead me to victory, instead of fear, in the time of crisis. Drawing near to God is the way I can overcome. 2Corinthians 10:5 (The Message) We use our powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ.
Methods: To develop those habits I need the right kind of input on a regular basis. Healthy spiritual food and vitamins! Philippians 4:8-9 lists what keeps our mind leaning in to dependence on the mind and character of Christ: whatever is right, pure, lovely, admirable, anything that is excellent or praiseworthy. Put these things into practice! Paul tells us.
Results: Whatever we allow into our minds affects our attitude and our actions.
2 Corinthians 10:6 Our tools are ready at hand for clearing the ground of every obstruction and building lives of obedience into maturity.
POWER-FILLED and confident belief that refuses accusation and condemnation and reminds me of what HAS begun in you, WILL continue to be perfected.