I believe that this year, many of us have set goals and plans to achieve these goals for the rest of the year. I trust that you will receive the help and empowerment of God as you strive to achieve your goals.
There was a time in my life not too long ago that I went through a major crisis, which later turned to a road of self-discovery and strategic repositioning. However, I could not have gone through and re-positioned my life if God had not dealt with the issue of my mind. I did an in-depth study of the book ‘The Battlefield of the Mind’ by Joyce Meyer, for about a year.
A major lesson that I learnt in my study is that the battle that goes on in the mind is a constant one, and as one is increasingly aware of these battles and how it affects your life, it is essential to be equipped with godly strategies on how to consistently overcome them, and live a life of continuous victory.
Note that I said continuous victory, and victory is not without battle and conquest. Over the next few months I will be sharing with you my journey on learning about the battlefield of the Mind. I believe that understanding the battle that goes on in the mind, and how God has equipped us for consistent victory will position us to fulfill purpose and destiny, and take possession of the things that God has in store for us.
I trust that God will help me to speak my thoughts as we embark on this journey, and to give us all a renewed understanding and strength. Amen.
I may not be able to go into as much detail as the book, and please note that I am not trying to reproduce the book! This is just a reflection of my own journey in overcoming the issues of my mind using the book by Joyce Meyer, I will encourage you to go on this journey as well. And tell your own story as God helps you.
Proverbs 23:7- As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he ( KJV)
Proverbs 23:7- For as he thinks within himself, so is he (TPT)
Have you ever noticed a trend in some people’s lives- a cycle of rejection- you attract and start dating a nice man or woman like yourself, and after some time for no apparent reason, the man or woman calls it off? , or you get a job opening which you are qualified for, everything is on the right track, and all of a sudden, they call you that they have changed their mind? Or you have been engaged to be married, and all of a sudden, your fiancé calls off the wedding? I can speak of many more. I have been there.
Many of us have been taught, or at least are aware that the state of our minds determine how our lives turn out. What many of us do not realize is how subtle and powerful our thought patterns are in shaping the outcome of our lives. Many of the long standing issues we face in our lives are as a result of deep seated thought patterns that are so ingrained in our subconscious that it has become second nature.
When I was much younger, about seven years old, I lost my Dad to sickness. Some years later, my Mom remarried, and eventually I lost my step Dad to sickness as well. You can imagine the effect of these two very traumatic events in one’s life. Growing up, particularly with a single parent. I had subconsciously developed a subtle but powerful thought pattern that marriages were never meant to last, in fact, what was the point of marriage when all the men eventually died? I even pictured myself not being married, as that was the image that life had put before me. I justified it and I remember telling a few people close to me then that I could not imagine anyone being married for 10 years! I did this throughout my teenage to early adult years in my mind. Slowly, subtly, but powerfully, a thought pattern was being developed in my mind which later directed the course of my relationships.
Fast forward to a few years later in college when I started dating. I dated very nice people, but I just could not have a stable relationship. As I matured and was considering settling down, a pattern emerged where I would meet someone, with potential of a great relationship the person will be ready to settle down, and then suddenly, they lose interest and call the relationship off. Besides, inasmuch as they were nice people, I kept on attracting men that were not meant for me. That would not help me fulfil the purpose God had for me. That was rooted in my wrong thinking pattern. It all came to a head when I was in a serious relationship with someone in the church and was jilted.
It took a year and three months for the Lord to put me in a position where I eventually had enough of the wrong thinking pattern concerning marriage, and start the process of healing. I eventually met my husband of whom I would be married to for 19 years this year. Glory to God!
The fundamental truth is that your mind plays a powerful role in determining the outcome of your life. Your circumstances cannot prosper above the prosperity of your soul which consists of your mind.
God knows that if your mind can grasp the things He has in store for you, and His thoughts and plans for you, there is nothing in this world that cannot be yours or that you cannot achieve. Satan, the accuser of God’s people also understands that the moment the mind of man is set free, man can have the dominion that God has bequeathed him.
It is essential to understand that your life is the product of the thoughts you have allowed to dwell in your mind; and as you think in your mind, so are you becoming. Some of these thought patterns have been so ingrained they have become a part of you. You are not even conscious that you are thinking these thoughts.
I encourage you to look at your journey right now- are you happy at where you are? If you are, how you can you receive more, be more, and do more towards your potential? , if you’re not? What are you thinking about? What’s on your mind? Digging into your mind may be a scary, but God will never allow you more than you can bear. He is faithful. I encourage you to go with me on this journey