“Don’t copy the behaviour and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by CHANGING THE WAY YOU THINK. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”
According to a recent sermon by Bill Johnson, many Christians are allowing the enemy to be so comfortable in their minds, to terrorise them with lies and bombard them with thoughts contrary to God’s best for us, that it’s almost like we’re giving him permission to set up his own base in our minds. However, as Bill Johnson said, we can break down these “comfortable bases” and replace them with Holy Spirit fortresses that cannot be penetrated by the enemies evil lies. It is from the truth of Jesus Christ and in the power of the Holy Spirit that we can fend off the enemies cheap attacks without fear and in victory.
The enemy is relentless in his attacks trying to make us stumble and fall, however in Jesus, we do have the power to overcome and resist all that he throws at us. In fact, staying on the ‘stake in the ground’ theme, we can make a conscious decision to reject those thoughts and to not let them be comfortable in our minds. For example, when a lustful thought enters our mind, we can take authority right then to reject it, rebuke it and send it back to where it came from in Jesus’ Name. The same is with bitterness, rage, anger, un-forgiveness and so on. The more we allow these small thoughts into our minds, the more we are resourcing the enemy with bricks to build his camp in our minds.
As followers of Jesus, we are constantly being transformed into the image of Christ. Yet the change of character, as Paul wisely writes, comes from our renewed minds. God literally transforms the way we think, which in turn is reflected in our characters. We need to guard our minds to not return to the way we used to think before Christ. Let us put our stakes in the ground, and say from here on, we will not let the enemy be comfortable in our minds. Let us stand firm and reject his lies in Jesus’ power. We have the victory in Jesus Christ.