Wednesday, March 20, 2013

The Battle is in the Mind

Spiritual battles are fought in the mind and hearts of people.  In biblical narratives of both the tower of Babel and the fall of King Nebuchadnezzar, God did not strike people with anything physical like a bolt of lightning.  Instead God sent His heavenly angels to attack the minds of people.  The angels confused the languages of the people building the tower of Babel and they attacked the mind of King Nebuchadnezzar who ended up with the mind of an animal.

Angels have the ability to attack human minds and that is where spiritual warfare takes place.  They can either strengthen our minds to be closer to God or destroy them to become more like an animal.  It depends on our relationship with God.  If we love God and acknowledge Him, angels strengthen our mind and assist us on our spiritual journey through life.  If we rebel against God and make ourselves supreme, the angels will attack our minds and we will become more like animals than humans created in God’s image. 

As we look at the world all around us today, few recognize the spiritual battle that is raging behind the scenes.  Most only see the physical manifestations of the spiritual battle.  They see evil people who lack common sense and act on impulses like mere animals.  Some even recognize the culture war that pervades society.  What few see is the spiritual battle that is behind it all and invisible to the eye.  It takes spiritual intuition to see beyond the physical and recognize the true battle.

Many that recognize the battle for what it is become “prayer warriors”.  They enter the spiritual domain through prayer to face the enemy head on.  With faith in God and perseverance in prayerful petition, they can and do make a difference in both this world and the world to come.  All of God’s people can and should be engaged in the spiritual battles that lie ahead.  The choice to pick up the sword and join the battle is yours!  The call is out.  Accept the challenge and fight the good fight.  We may lose the early battles but God will ensure victory in the end!

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