Satan is forever strategizing ways to mesmerize the minds of believers. He aims to strip them of peace, and his modus operandi is to saddle them with thoughts of past guilt and future fears, for he knows the peaceful mind of a believer is a powerful weapon to contend with.
Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid (John 14:27 NKJV).
Mind control—past guilt:
Stay in the present.
There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit (Romans 8:1 KJV).
After you’ve repented about a past mistake, and your mind is still being riveted with guilt, know those thoughts are not from God but from the enemy trying to put you under his hypnosis.
God brought that to my attention when I noticed I felt guilty about something I did over thirty years ago. The Lord put in my spirit that it’s not His character to keep bringing up past wrongs after a person has made peace with Him.
However, I can turn the tables and use that experience to teach others the consequences awaiting down that path.
Mind control—future fears:
Live in the moment.
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble (Matthew 6:34 NKJV).
God gives us an ample amount of mercy each day (see Lamentations 3:22-23), and His grace is sufficient for His power is perfected in our weakness (see 2 Corinthians 12:9). Therefore, bombarding our minds with possible future fears is like glaring at the sun without the proper protective gear. Jesus instructs us to live one day at a time; He will equip us to deal with whatever might come—whenever it comes. It’s just like the enemy to have us worry over troubles before we have the mind to handle them adequately.
Once again, turn the tables on Satan and quote the apostle Paul, “For when I am weak, then I am strong” (v.10 CSB).
As Christians, we must be readers and doers of the Word to know the mind of Christ, spend time with Him to gain His insights, and seek Him in all matters. Then when Satan comes with his mind-controlling tactics, ask yourself: what would Jesus do with such thoughts? We already know Jesus wouldn’t give them the time of day, nor should we.
For “who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16 NKJV).
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