I’ve just recently finished reading the book Battlefield of the Mind by Joyce Meyer. I’ve learned waaaay more from this book than I can say in one article, and I can guarantee: I have more to learn yet.
When I first picked up this book I couldn’t help but laugh because I’m in the process of getting brain surgery for my epilepsy. (Brain..mind? I thought it was funny anyway…) My frequent seizures have kept me pretty down and given me lots of time to think and read, so what better time to go through this book?
I’ve always been quite a thinker, and it can be anything from how something works to worrying about something of little to no importance. From early morning to late at night, my mind constantly wants to stay at work.
One of the first things that caught my attention in this book was to “think about what you’re thinking about”. To some extent I already was, I mean, most everybody’s heard of Philippian’s 4:8, right? (Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.) But, with some careful examining, I realized I was failing miserably…and still have lots to work on.
So, just going to share “a few” lines along with scripture verses that stuck out to me from the book: (I underlined over a hundred things in this book…I’ve never done that in any other book I’ve read other than the Bible)
“Cast all your care upon Him.”
“The proud man worries, the humble man waits.”
“Step one to any freedom is to face the truth the Lord is trying to show us.”
“Our thoughts are silent words that only we and the Lord hear, but those words affect our inner man, our health, our joy, and our attitude.”
“Sadly, very few people know how to live each day to the fullest. But you can be one of them.”
“Whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you will receive it.” -Mark 4:24
“The Lord may direct us to do a certain thing, but if it does not make sense-if it is not logical-we may be tempted to disregard it.”
“Worry will not help our cause at all. It will, in fact, hinder our progress.”
“Remember, your actions won’t change until your mind does.”
“Make a decision to believe God and not the Devil.”
“Negativism has to go.”
“If we want to do what the Word of God says, we must spend some time thinking about it.”
“Patience is not the ability to wait, but the ability to keep a good attitude while waiting.”
“The best way to shut the Devil up is to speak the Word.”
“In times of spiritual warfare, we are to tighten the belt of truth around us.”
“Disobedience is disregarding the voice of the Lord, or whatever God is speaking to us personally, not just transgressing the Ten Commandments.”
“If we know in our spirit that a thing is wrong, we should not allow reasoning to talk us into doing it. Also, if we know something is right we must not allow reasoning to talk us out of doing it.”
“It is difficult for human beings to give up reasoning and simply trust God, but once the process is accomplished, the mind enters a place of rest.”
“Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding.” -Proverbs 3:5
“If you only do what is easy, you will always remain weak.”
Okay…I better stop…these are just a few of my favorites. I highly recommend the book. And remember: spiritual warfare is a CONTINUOUS battle. I know I will be going through this book regularly…probably for the rest of my life…I know I will be giving away several copies. Give it a read and may God use it for good in your life as He has in mine!