Sunday, July 11, 2010

Battle For The Mind

Welcome friends! I am glad you found my blog and I pray that my writings will guide you to finding peace in the presence of God and thankfulness in your trials so that you can live an abundantly free life in Christ.

This is what I believe:

I have come to realize that the apostle Paul was speaking to every believer, including me, when he said,

"Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms." (Ephesians 6:11 & 12)

My own journey into the reality of the dark side did not come by choice.  Even though I had been a Christian for many years, I was never curious about demonic activity or the occult.  The lure of this knowledge and occultic power never appealed to me.

On the other hand, I was on an intense search for understanding as to why my husband was so depressed and my search one day lead me to Ephesians 4:26 which says,
 "In your anger do not sin.  Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry and do not give the devil a foothold". 
It was as if I heard the voice of God, not an audible voice, mind you, but that quiet voice that speaks into the depths of your soul.  He said, "Your struggle is not against your husband, but against the spiritual forces of evil".

In his book Bondage Breaker, Neil Anderson explains a misconception we have been duped into believing, "What the early church called demonic activity we now understand to be mental illness.  Terms such as depression, schizophrenia, paranoia, psychosis and so on are merely labels classifying symptoms.  But what or who is causing the symptoms?  Is the cause spiritual, psychological, hormonal, or a neurological imbalance?  Certainly all these options must be explored.  But what if no physical or psychological cause is found"?

He continues, "We should not be surprised when secular psychologists limited to a natural worldview attempt to offer natural explanations for mental problems.  Their worldview does not include God or Satan.  Even many Christians who vociferously reject the scientific community's explanation for the origin of the species naively accept the secular psychologist's explanation of mental illness.  Research based on the scientific method of investigation of human spiritual problems is not wrong; it's just incomplete.  It ignores the influence of the spiritual world, because neither God nor the devil submit to our methods of investigation.  We need to learn to distinguish between organic or psychological mental illness and a spiritual battle for the mind.  Depression is a body, soul and spirit problem that requires a balanced body, soul and spirit answer".

I believe our problems are both psychological and spiritual.  To say otherwise is to imply that there is a distinct division between the human soul and spirit.  Neil Anderson goes on to say, "There is no inner conflict which is not psychological because there is never a time when your mind, emotions and will are not involved.  Similarly, there is no problem which is not spiritual.  There is no time when God is not present".

I have finally accepted the fact that the spiritual world is just as real as the natural world, "for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal" (2 Corinthians 4:18), nor is there any time when is is safe to take off the armor of God.  With this in mind, I was able to stop polarizing toward medical and psychological answers only and face the fact my husband and I were in spiritual bondage.

The battle is real!  Much of what is being passed off today as mental illness is nothing more than a battle for our minds.  But take hope,
"for though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does.  The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world.  On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.  We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ".  2  Corinthians 10:3-5
Freedom from spiritual bondage and conflicts is not a power encounter with evil spiritual forces; it's a truth encounter.  Satan is a deceiver, and he will work undercover at all costs.  But the truth of God's Word (the Sword of the Spirit - the Bible) exposes him and his lies.  He and his demons are like cockroaches that scurry for the shadows when the light comes on.  So, let's out-truth him with the Light of the World!  Sword Fight!!!

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