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Thoughts on Thinking #10

The Use of Spiritual Weapons

The Use of Spiritual Weapons

In the Book of Ephesians, Paul paints the picture of an alert soldier, partly armed with belt, breastplate, and shod feet, taking up three further weapons when under attack: the helmet of salvation, the shield of faith and the sword of the Spirit (Ephesians 6:10-20).

If we are going to gain victory in our thinking, we need to learn to guard our mind, defend our faith and confess the truth. But there are other weapons which are equally important.

In the Book of Philippians, we are promised that the peace of God will protect our minds (Philippians 4:4-8).

However, this promise is dependent on three actions: consistent praise (v.4), grateful prayer (v.5), and intentional positivity (v.8).

The prophet Habakkuk learned to praise despite the circumstances (Habakkuk 3:17-19).

Jesus gave thanks before the miracle (Mark 6:41).

Jeremiah gained hope through deliberate meditation and positive confession (Lamentations 3:19-24).

As the preacher, Martin Lloyd-Jones said, “…most of your unhappiness in life is due to the fact that you are listening to yourself instead of talking to yourself…”

Do you rejoice, even when you don’t feel like it?

Do you give thanks before your prayers are answered?

Do you tell yourself the truth on a daily basis? 


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