Monday, October 31, 2016

The Invisible War In Marriage Pt. 6: The Battle for Your Mind


For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal (of the flesh) but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled. -2 Corinthians 10:4-6

Make no mistake we are at WAR! 

By now you should be clear of that truth. The second truth that you should be sure about is that we are in a spiritual war. In other words the people and the events that we involve ourselves in on a daily basis are in the natural (i.e. experience and see with our physical eyes) is only part of a bigger picture going on "behind the scenes" in the spiritual world.

(1st) God is Spirit. You and I are spirit too. Did you know that? Knowing this to be true, than there has to be an existence of activity in the spirit world. (or the unseen, invisible, hidden)

"God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth." Jesus had made this comment to a Samaritan woman who thought that a persons physical location was what was needed to worship God. Since God is a spirit then we must worship Him accurately (i.e. in truth) and in spirit. Remember God is Spirit (John 4:24).

(2nd) God is invisible.

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation (Colossians 1:15).

Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, to God who alone is wise, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen (1st Timothy 1:17).

Knowing the nature of God is very important to understanding our own nature. We are spirits too.

Then God (who is Spirit)- emphasis added said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; ..." So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them (Genesis 1:26, 27).

Remember God is a Spirit, and He made us in His image and likeness. That would mean that we are also spirits.

Not convinced yet? Listen to what the Apostle Paul said about our makeup in 1st Thessalonians 5:23
Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

What was Paul saying here regarding man? He said that a complete man is made up of three parts. We discussed this previously. I keep bringing it up because I want you to get comfortable with this truth. The Apostle Paul prayed that sanctification would take place not halfway but all the way. In other words he prayed that his converts might be wholly sanctified; meaning their whole being...

                                                                                   1. spirit (intangible)                        
2. soul  (intangible) 
3. body (physical)

Lets look at another scripture that qualifies the true make up of a man (i.e. male/female).

Genesis 2:7  Amplified Bible says
then the Lord God formed [that is, created the body of] man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and the man became a living being [an individual complete in body and spirit].

One translation says a living soul. As a result of God, man became a living soul.

All of this is crucial to know because when we start looking at the mind and Satan's strategy to influence our thoughts, you will see why he attacks there and why he wants to control our minds. Hes after the soul.

Dictionary definition of the word soul.
soul - a person's moral or emotional nature or sense of identity. spirit, psyche (inner being) subconscious; pneuma, energy, emotional or intellectual energy

First we start with the Spirit.

The Spirit- Greek word "pneuma"

Then they fell on their faces, and said, "O God, the God of the spirits of all flesh, shall one man sin, and You be angry with all the congregation?" (Numbers 16:22)

This scripture says that God is a Spirit and the God of the spirits of all flesh of all of humanity. The flesh (i.e. physical body) of all mankind.

The bible speaks of the separation that takes place between the spirit and the soul.

For the word is living and active and full of power [making it operative, energizing and effective]. It is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating as far as the division of the soul and spirit [the completeness of a person], and of both joints and marrow [the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and judging the very thoughts and intentions of the heart (Hebrews 4:12 AMP).

Each husband and wife are made up of (1) spirit (2) soul. They are also two spirits which makes up the whole person inside of a body; or two different bodies. That means that a husband and a wife each have a soul, and together they represent (two minds, two wills, and two emotions).

then the LORD God formed [that is, created the body of] man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being [an individual complete in body and spirit] (Genesis 2:7 AMP).

God who is Spirit, breathed life into man. He created all of mankind, forming, shaping, sculpting, molded the physical bodies of men from the dust of the ground, exhaling Himself which is Spirit into the body which made man alive.

The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life (Job 33:4).

But there is a spirit in man, and the breath of the Almighty gives him understanding (Job 32:8).

God has made mankind by His Spirit and through Him breathing His life giving Spirit into man we have been given (1) life and (2) understanding.

The spirit of man [is] the candle of the LORD, searching all the inward parts of the belly (Proverbs 20:27).

Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it (Ecclesiastes 12:7).

The Spirit itself bears witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: (Romans 8:16).

For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of the of God except the Spirit of God (1 Corinthians 2:11).

And if Christ [be] in you, the body [is] dead because of sin; but the Spirit [is] life because of righteousness (Romans 8:10).

Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own (1st Corinthians 6:19).

The Spirit of man comes from God and is a very attribute that originally gave man life. The spirit inside of man is not the same as  God's Holy Spirit. This is mans human spirit (or inner most being).

In Him was life [and the power to bestow life], the life was the Light of men (John 1:4 AMP).

Next...

The Soul -Greek word "psyche"

Genesis 2:7 states man was created as a "living soul." The soul consist of the mind (which includes the conscience) the will, and emotions. The soul and the spirit make up the heart.

Keep your heart with all diligence, for from it springs (or flows) the issues of life. The heart which is the "command center" of a persons life where it is central to our emotions and will (Proverbs 4:23).

When we look at the "psyche" (i.e. soul) which is made up of the (1) mind (2) will (3) emotions you may wonder how that really looks in an individuals life; even your own. Lets look at the mind first

The mind is made up of your thought life. It is where the conscience is. The mind is a very powerful "asset" for good or evil.  Why?  I'm sure you have heard this quote before that gives a really clear understanding of  why it's so powerful and why it's vitally important to guard our minds from letting in the wrong stuff.

Watch your thoughts; they become words.
Watch your words; they become actions.
Watch your actions; they become habits.
Watch your habits; they become your character.
Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.

It's that simple.

Let's apply this quote to a well known verse of scripture in the bible associating it with what its saying. First we'll look at the way its written out in the bible, then we'll connect it with the quote.

For the plans and thoughts that I have for you', says the LORD, 'plans for peace and well-being and not for disaster to give you a future and a hope (Jeremiah 29:11 AMP).

Jeremiah 29:11 in connection with the previous quote above...
For the plans and (thoughts that become words that become habits that become character that become destiny) that I have for you', says the LORD, 'plans (thoughts that become words that become habits that become character that become destiny) for peace and well-being and not for disaster to give you a future and a hope.

You see why its so important to renew your mind. Because your mind is a part of  your soul. The other two parts being your (1) will (2) emotions. So if you your thoughts which come from your mind are a major key to your destiny, then it makes perfect sense why the devil when he attacks us, he comes to attack us in our minds. This is crucial to know regarding the power and use of our words.

The Bible has some specific scriptures that warn us about our words and the good or bad that they can cause...

Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, (i.e. building up) that it may impart grace to the hearers. -Ephesians 4:29

Listen to the way its written in the Amplified Bible 

Do not let unwholesome [foul, profane, worthless, vulgar] words ever come out of your mouth, but only such speech as is good for building up others, according to the need and the occasion, so that it will be a blessing to those who hear [you speak] (Ephesians 4:29 AMP).

The mind is the seed bed for God's word or the devil. What you sow you reap (See Galatians 6:7).

Apostle Paul spoke about himself in regard the responsibility of man when it comes to the mind. Then Paul, looking earnestly at the council, said, "Men and brethren, I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day (Acts 23:1).

Paul understood the importance of his individual responsibility to keeping good maintenance over his own thinking, before God and man. He doesn't leave his thought life up to God. The words that he speaks are as a result of what he has taken the time to invest in and have deposited. This is why he said in Romans that we must renew our minds (i.e. psyche, thoughts, conscience, intellect, reasoning)


And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God (Romans 12:2).

Once again, let's look at the Amplified version.

And do not be conformed to this world [any longer with its superficial values and customs], but be transformed and progressively changed [as you mature spiritually] by the renewing of your mind [focusing on Godly values and ethical attitudes], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His plan and purpose for you].

You need to understand, that there are two opposing viewpoints that are always in existence; good and evil. Neither is not always clearly identifiable. How will you be able to know the difference? Are you able to recognize the good in people around you each day? What about the evil? Can you see the difference when each is being demonstrated in your marriage, children, family, and friends etc. If you don't renew your mind to God's word, I repeat...then how will you know? You won't.

Next...

The Body -Greek word soma

Therefore I urge you brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies [dedicating all of yourselves, set apart] as a living sacrifice, holy and well pleasing to God, which is your rational (logical, intelligent) act of worship. And do not be conformed to this world [any longer with its superficial values and customs], but be transformed and progressively changed [as you mature spiritually] by the renewing of your mind [focusing on Godly values and ethical attitudes], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His plan and purpose for you] (Romans 12:1-2 AMP).

For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body (1st Corinthians 6:20).

Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own (1st Corinthians 6:19).

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service (Romans 12:1).

Our bodies are important to God. Our mind is important to God. Our spirit is important to God. He wants all of us. The devil wants the same. This is why your relationship with others is an important part of your success or failure in God. Listen to a more specific example of this truth.

So Adam gave names to all cattle, to the birds of the air, and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper comparable to him (Genesis 2:20).

Did you hear that? Adam didn't need just any ole woman. He needed someone that was "comparable" to him. In other words Adam needed help, or a helper. This is why I said having the right person(s) in your life, or your connected to in this case in covenant with is a major part of you living a victorious marriage life. So being in your right mind is key in everything you do. In relation to all that's been said, lets now address how all of this ties into the battle for your mind.

I remind you how you think determines everything. You have to know that you and your spouse are natural physical being as well as spiritual beings. The devil also is a spirit so being aware of your make up (spiritually, mentally, and physically) is vital because the enemy loves to infiltrate our minds especially those of us who are ignorant of his existence, his tactics, his purpose.

"...lest Satan should take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices (2 Corinthians 2:11).

another translation.

"...to keep Satan from taking advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his schemes (2 Corinthians 2:11).

The meaning for the word "device" in this scripture is originally in Greek. It means thought, mind; scheme, design, and plot. Therefore we are not to be ignorant (without knowledge, unaware) of Satan's mind or his thoughts or what he's plotting against us. 



The battle for your marriage starts in your mind. The devil is a great strategist and he plans long and strong for his attack on us. We have to stay on the offensive when it comes to him. We have to learn how our enemy thinks and operates. Having the knowledge of your makeup is major when it comes to the schemes of the devil. Because now you realize that 

(1) The weapons that we are fighting with are not of the flesh
(2) The weapons are mighty in God (meaning of the Spirit) 
(3) The weapons that we use have the ability to pull down strongholds 

Greek words meaning for stronghold: (fortress, prison, strong defense, a strong-walled fortress). It also is used figuratively of a false argument in which a person seeks "shelter" (a safe place) to escape reality. 
The devil (who is a spirit) comes along as a spiritual attack in the mind which is the part of your soul that affects your will and your emotions to bring a false idea, thought, accusation, or argument into your mind and the more you entertain the information that he sends and continue too then it starts to form itself into a stronghold.
 Remember the stronghold started as an false idea, thought, suggestion, accusation, imaginations, etc. Listen to what this scripture says that Jesus said about the Pharisees when they claim to be of Abraham's seed or offspring and Jesus tells them they are of the devil. 

You are of  your father the devil, and it is your will to practice the desires [which are characteristic] of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him.  When he lies, he speaks what is natural to him, for he is a liar and the father of lies and half-truths (John 8:44 AMP).

another translation

You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is not truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it (John 8:44 NKJV).

Just a side note: I want to give you some substance to Jesus statement about these people in regards to the evil spirit that they were carriers of which prove that they were of the devil. In John 8: 31-59 they claim to be a people that were of the descendants of Abraham. But this claim was futile because their deeds evidenced a lack of any moral relationship to him. If they were truly children of God, they would reverence the Son of God. Instead their reaction against Jesus only revealed the sobering fact that the Devil was their father. It is not ethnic or family pedigree that makes one acceptable to God but honoring God by believing in and loving Jesus Christ.

This is why you must know the nature and characteristics of the devil so you will recognize when he's in operation in your marriage, family, children, or any other relationships close or otherwise. Even when it looks like the lie that's been exposed look so much like the truth. The only way you will know is when you know what the enemy looks like and how he operates. Next time we will look at more of the difference between knowing when the nature and character that is being expressed verbally or demonstrated physically is of God or of the Devil. This is WAR! God doesn't want you to be misled. I repeat...Their is a real thief out there looking to destroy your marriage...and it's not your spouse.















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