If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. (Colossians 3:1-2)
And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself. (Luke 10:27)
And it shall come to pass, if ye shall hearken diligently unto my commandments which I command you this day, to love the Lord your God, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul, Deuteronomy 11:13
God would have it that we are in perfect peace:
And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:7)
Staying focus on God; on His sovereignty; on things above will keep your mind in perfect peace. When we understand that Satan is in direct opposition to God, then we understand the reason why the mind is a battlefield and is under constant attack by the enemy. Satan knows that if he can get our mind off of God; if he can distract us long enough, we will not be able to sustain our connection to God. As Apostle Paul says in several of his epistles, 'brethren, I would not have you ignorant'. Knowing is half the battle. So we understand that Satan attacks on all fronts and he attempts to challenge the word of God. Throughout the new testament, we are admonished and encouraged to guard our minds and to keep our thoughts on God. When the enemy recognizes that we have a made up mind or that we are sincere in our efforts to serve God, he moves in with all sorts of contrary thoughts, suggestions, influences and ideas to distract us from our primary focus.
Though it would be impossible to list them all, the following list summarizes the main strategies of attack Satan uses in the battle for the mind:
® Questioning the authority of God:
The first temptation of man started in the mind with this strategy: Questioning the authority of God, Satan said to Eve, "Yea, hath God said...?" Did God really say that you would surely die if you ate of the tree of knowledge of good and evil ? Questioning God and His Word leads to doubt, unbelief, and skepticism.
® Deception and seduction:
...give His angels charge over thee, to keep thee, And in their hands they shall bear thee up... (Luke 4:10-11)
If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small. (Proverbs 24:10)
Whither shall we go up? our brethren have discouraged our heart, saying, The people is greater and taller than we; the cities are great and walled up to heaven; and moreover we have seen the sons of the Anakims there. Deuteronomy 1:28
And they journeyed from mount Hor by the way of the Red sea, to compass the land of Edom: and the soul of the people was much discouraged because of the way. Numbers 21:4
King David often reflected discouragement in his Psalms (see Psalms 69 for an example). Apostle Paul also had times of deep depression:
the word indicates that
"God resisteth the proud..." James 4:6
When you are filled with pride, you are actually arrayed in battle against God.
"the accuser of the brethren" (Revelation 12:10).
He sends fiery darts of accusation into your mind, makes you feel inferior, and condemns you. He will give you guilty feelings of shame, unworthiness, and embarrassment.
¨ "You are no good,"
¨ "You can never live a Christian life,"
¨ "God couldn't love you because you are too great of a sinner."
Though these things exist, we do not have to despair, God has equipped us to overcome this battle:
But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation. (I Thessalonian 5:8)
To protect your mind from attack:
♥ Pray continuously
Pray without ceasing (I Thessalonian 5:17)
♥ Thinking on positive things
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. (Philippians 4:8)
♥ Bring every contrary thought under subjection
Finally, know that He that is within you is greater than every negative force against you.
Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. (1 John 4:4)