1 Pet 4:12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: To be sure, the enemy of your soul will do whatever he can to bring destruction to your life. We know that The Battlefield is the mind and there are no limits to which the enemy will go to replace our faith with doubt. Jesus said, “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy:” John 10:10
Every step we make toward God is a step away from the grip of the enemy and in return there is resistance in the spirit world. Every godly commitment will be met by a challenge of will. Every move of holiness will be treated with contempt by the enemy of your life. This tug-a-war exists in the realm of our thoughts and contemplations. To this end, we pray a hedge of protection around our minds and thoughts.
This is not new as people of all ages have fought through this battle. In 1965, Donald Barnhouse wrote more thoroughly about it in his book, “The Invisible War.” The author called this war intense, saying that Satan never plays fair and the battle is unrelenting. Barnhouse wrote that the reason this war is so fierce is that your mind is your greatest asset. It’s no wonder then why Paul penned “…whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, just, pure, lovely; are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Phil 4:8
We control the input. We are compelled to guard our eyes, mind, and heart. And the reason for this biblical admonition is this: The Invisible War is raging.
Prayer and fasting; reading the scripture and good communication build the hedges and fences that protect our mind. The enemy will enter through any avenue we give him. That is why we are commanded to “take every thought into captivity” 2 Cor 10:5.
Pastor Jeffrey Harpole