This blog post is a uniquely Christian point of view. It is something that I firmly believe in and have given much thought to, but have never written about. It is the battle for your mind and your soul.
I have been reading a book about healing and hope after abortion, because in my ministry, I have spoken with several individuals who were forced to abort babies. I thought it would be good for me to have a better understanding of what a woman goes through emotionally. The book I am currently reading was written by a Christian woman who had three abortions. The message in the book is outstanding and can be applied to so many of us who are broken. Her words regarding the battle for our minds struck a cord with me today.
As a Christian, I believe that Satan is a domineering presence in this earthly realm. His handy work can be seen every day on the news, surfing the internet, and in our communities. But how much thought have you given to the fact that the devil is battling for you as well?
The abuse that you experienced is not a reflection of you, but of the abuser’s heart. His or her heart is evil. However, how many of us walk around in a shroud of fear, guilt, shame, anger, and heartbreak? But are all of these emotions ours to carry? The answer is no, but the devil wants us to believe they are. As long as we shoulder emotions for the abuse, the devil is holding us captive. He is constantly maneuvering to rally up self-condemnation and self-loathing in our lives.
And why does he do this? It is to hold you back from seeing the goodness of God and experiencing health, healing, peace, and joy in our lives. If we cannot realize the amazing grace of God, we are an easier target to be won over to his side.
So what do you do? You recognize the battle. You question your thoughts and emotions and ask yourself “are they godly… is this what the Bible says about me, how I feel, my actions, or the abuse?” God’s word is very clear about what He thinks of us, how we should act or feel, and how He feels about the abuse of children.
I will be truthful… this isn’t an easy task. It takes extreme consciousness and self-discipline on our part and it is hard work. It also is a choice to say “I am not taking it anymore and I want to be better.” Those words in themselves can be quite the stumbling block and to follow through with the action will be herculean. But friends, it is oh so worth it.
So pick up your Bible and put on your armor of God and head out onto the battlefield for your mind and soul today. Remember, if God is for us, who can be against us.
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The Armor of God
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. – Ephesians 6:10-18
Song: Mighty Warrior by Elevation Worship