THE BATTLE FOR THE MIND

Extended reading: 2 Timothy 3:16-17

Devotional reading: verse 16

“All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; . .”

When I was a teenager, I wanted to play the guitar so badly. I remember the fun times at my cousin’s house acting like we were rock stars as we listened to songs on the “8 Track.” My younger readers are probably confused right now! LOL. We had old, abused, and semi-stringless guitars that we used to play our parts.

As I got older, this desire was still present in me. Oh, not to be a rock star anymore, but to be able to play just one instrument, any instrument, so that I could praise the Lord with it. Over the years, I had tried the guitar on several occasions but couldn’t play it. I tried the harmonica, but my lips and my lungs revolted!

Then, one day, my wife asked me about purchasing a cheap ukulele for my nephew, who had expressed some interest in learning how to play it. 

So, we purchased one. As he fumbled around with it trying to hold it in place (they are small) and struggled with forming chords, I took it from him (nicely) and proceeded to give him a few pointers on how to finger the chords.

As I held the ukulele, thoughts flooded my mind of how much I desired to play an instrument to praise my Lord. In my attempt to help him learn some basics, I was astonished to find that I could play it! I could hold it in place, finger some chords, and even strum all at the same time!

I love this instrument. Every time I pick it up and play it, I find much joy and happiness. So, what is the point, Larry? What does all this have to do with our devotion? EVERYTHING!

Every day as Christian’s we face a horrendous spiritual battle in our minds. Thoughts enter our minds that we are appalled at. Our train of thoughts are often vile, perverse, and outright wicked. Somehow, and in some way, we need to gain control over those thoughts and “take them captive to the obedience of Christ.”

This is where the ukulele comes into play, at least for me in my attempt to honor God with my thoughts.

As I got better with the ukulele, I learned how to put chords to the poems that I was writing. These poems then became songs that I was able to memorize quickly. The enemy was now on the run! 

The Lord has not only answered my prayers, enabling me to play an instrument; He also gave me a tool with which I could “transform” my mind to think on things that are true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, and worthy of praise. Rather than those horrendous thoughts plaguing my mind, I now have heavenly, godly thoughts in there. The enemy lost the ground he was holding!

That’s what this bible verse teaches us, at least in part. His word is profitable! These songs that I now write and sing, remove any space in my mind for the enemies thoughts. My mind now obsesses over biblical thoughts that are pure and worthy of His praise. They “train me” over and over again in righteousness, enabling me to overcome the enemy and the battle in my mind so that I can be more fruitful in my walk of faith!

Maybe playing the ukulele is not in your future (perhaps it is), but what can you utilize that will help you get the word of God more ingrained in your mind? 

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