The Choice of the Mind

Far too often I see myself and others falling into being enemy minded. If we aren’t steadfast in correcting this, being enemy minded can become a form of bondage. Not only will it restrict what we can and can’t accomplish, but we can find ourselves praying against what the Father is doing and trying to bring about in our lives. Throughout our day how much of everyday life do we attribute to the enemy? Traffic, bad drivers, rude people, slow service, frustrations at work, being tired, grumpy kids. When we are enemy minded we are empowering that which has already been defeated through Christ. When walking in enemy mindedness, most often our first thoughts are directed into the flesh; then our response is not one of freedom and sonship, our response is one of bondage. Freedom cannot be found when empowering the enemy freedom is found in Christ, and directly when Christ, is King.

So then, the question becomes, what is the solution to being enemy minded?

First and foremost, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” What happens when this becomes our first response? Worry has no place! And, if worry has no place then the enemy has lost one of its strongest forms of bondage. When seeking the Kingdom, the Spirit will reveal to you which parts of your life do not fall in line with the message that Jesus taught. It is at this point we must decide if we will continue to operate outside the kingdom, or bring everything that is revealed under the dominion of the King.

Second, we must, “set our minds on things that are above not on things on earth”. Why should we do this? We are told that “If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God.” I will suggest to you, that if your mind is set on Christ as King, then it will be impossible to remain enemy minded.

Lastly, (this is not an exhastive list but what I feel is most beneficial right now) “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete lacking nothing.” I don’t see a way for this scripture to ring true if we are enemy minded. It is here, where if we are enemy minded that we can actually be praying against what the Father is trying to do in our lives. We have to come to terms then, if we live in the Kingdom, then what we encounter has been allowed by the Father to quicken us into Sons of the Kingdom. It would be difficult to think the nature of the Father is loving while being enemy minded. One response to trials is joy, while the other is of flesh, and flesh can produce NOTHING of use for the Kingdom.

Here in this place of peace, where Christ rules and reigns, we get the option to operate. If we chose to operate here in this place of peace, we are “anxious for nothing”; while we undoubtedly will experience some suffering as Paul did we can say with confidence that whatever state we are in “to be content” because we “can do all things through Christ who strengthens.” With the knowledge “all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the according to His purpose.” For each suffering we experience, it is the putting to death of flesh that remains in us, until every part of us comes under the will fo the Father. While in whatever storm or trial, let our eyes not wonder from the King.

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