Friday, July 29, 2016
Battlefield of the Mind
It's a miracle - I finished another book!!!! My mother-in-law, Jan, gave me Battlefield of the Mind for Christmas in 2014. I started reading it in April of last year. I finished it about a month ago. Yeah. Haha! I'm not the best reader around. But I do have an almost 15-month-old, two part-time jobs, and a life to live. Haha! I'm working at becoming more of a reader, that's for sure!
I've decided to write about every book I read from now on ... to remember what I read and to, hopefully, encourage others to read some good stuff ... assuming that everything I read is good. ;) I usually think it is.
I've heard lots of debate about Joyce Meyer. I used to be pretty skeptical about her, myself, because I saw her as a female pastor, and I've been taught that female pastors are not biblical. Yes, it's true that 1 Timothy 2:11-15 talks about how women should not authority over men. And I believe that is God's Truth. It's in the Bible; therefore, I believe it. I do wholeheartedly believe that God gives women the ability to teach His Truth, and He has called them to do so. I'll say I'm not sure I'd feel comfortable if a woman pastor one day took over for Pastor Roger. But to me, the "women should have no authority over men" is a gray area in the Bible because it is not specific enough. I'm still not totally sure what I believe about this issue is what I'm really trying to say.
I don't know if Joyce would call herself a pastor anyway. And honestly, I don't know if it really matters. I do know that men listen to her preaching and sit in on her seminars (I've seen them on her teaching DVD that I bought). But isn't that their choice? Joyce believes she has been called to teach God's Truth, and so she is. She shares what God is teaching her, and she can't help who decides to listen or not listen. All I know is that I have been pretty blessed and challenged to a closer walk with Christ because of what I've read and listened to by Joyce Meyer. Her ministry is also flourishing. I think God blesses people and ministries that honor Him, so I'm gonna believe that Joyce is good to go. Just throwing my two cents in there ...
Either way, I read Joyce Meyer's book, Battlefield of the Mind, and got a lot out of it. I took away four powerful points ...
#1 - We must PRACTICE taking every thought captive in order to obey and glorify Christ. It is a daily (even moment-by-moment) battle that goes on in our thoughts. See 2 Corinthians 10:4-6.
#2 - This battle in our minds for a positive, uplifting, Christ-honoring thought life is a war against Satan and his minions, not against flesh and blood. I must believe the Truth about WHO I'm really fighting so that I can win! Again, see 2 Corinthians 10:4-6.
#3 - I have control over what I think about! I don't have to wallow in self-pity, self-condemnation, self-mutilating thoughts, or any other negative thought. I can SPEAK God's Truth out loud to combat Satan's lies.
#4 - Sometimes, our "thorns in the flesh" are there because God wants to use them to grow us closer to Himself. See 2 Corinthians 12:7-10. No matter how far we get in this sanctification process, there will always be something that we struggle with - perhaps it's our "thorn in the flesh" - and maybe God gives it to us, or allows it to continue in our lives, so that we will be continually dependent on Him. So let's thank God for our progress and expect more change. Let's thank God that we are totally dependent on Him!
The way we think really does affect our lives! Thinking and speaking God's Truths instead of complaining and wallowing in sinful thoughts really can transform our entire lives for the better! For Christ-likeness! And isn't that the goal??? I'm slowly but surely putting these Truths into practice and seeing the transformation first hand. Hopefully, someday, y'all will see it in me too. ;)