Posted by: Hugh Griffiths | March 21, 2006

Strongholds of the Mind

Yesterday’s perspective was from Martin Lloyd-Jones – excellent work by my friend Gavin White for spotting that one! It was from the book Spiritual Depression: Its Causes and Cures originally written in the early 1960s. Although the title is perhaps unappealing, George Verwer describes the book in its latest edition as ‘One of the most outstanding books that has ever been written.’ Particularly for its time, it provided strong insights into some of the inner struggles and issues that can prevent us from enjoying and pursuing God.

The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
2 Corinthians 10:4-5

Spiritual conflict is for real and, as Paul writes to the Ephesian church, we must be prepared and ready to ‘take our stand against the devil’s schemes’ (6:11). Frequently, one of these areas for battle is our mind and thought-life as we seek to ‘take every thought to make it obedient to Christ’.

For each of us, the specific inner struggle we face will be different, but our thinking should always be in the process of renewal. As our thoughts are changed and shaped by the Spirit and Word of God, we will experience transformation in our lives.

Many of the things that can hold us back or spur us on in our spiritual lives are rooted in our thoughts and beliefs. Our behaviour too is governed by our thinking and so as our mind is renewed, so is our lifestyle and character. We must therefore ‘think about our thinking’ and if there are areas that are still binding us, seek God for the liberty that we have in Christ.

Whatever the issue may be for you, if you are a Christian it is possible to demolish any stronghold of your thought-life that still binds you in some way. Whether you feel trapped by fear, lust, intellectualism, pride, legalism or one of the many other afflictions that begins in the mind – know that Jesus Christ has set you free.

What do you feel are some of the mental strongholds that can affect you?

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