Joyce Meyer (a well known Pentecostal) once wrote a book called “Battlefield of the mind”.
Joyce had put different language on what Saint Ignatius of Loyala had written about years ahead of her when he wrote so much about discerning of spirits!
Because the spiritual battle is for our “yes” our minds get attacked by all sorts of thoughts and the demon does his best to confuse us!
There is nothing more humbling than going to battle with our own minds!
I used to find it terribly humiliating that despite my university degree in mathematics that I could still wake up every morning with ideas to watch pornography etc.
Equally frustrating was the apparent memory loss that my soul went through when it came to God the Father!
Yet I was strangely consoled from reading the Bible and especially Saint Paul’s wonderful comment of
“not doing the good I want to do and doing the bad that I don’t want to do”!
And so Joyce Meyers wrote this wonderful book to describe the daily battles we all face!
On the negative side we have demons mixed wity our pride and flesh. These thoughts send is to anger, depression, fear, anxiety, lust….
On the positive side we have God mixed wity our holy parts. These thoughts give us hope, trust, love, charity, patience, purity, underatanding!
In some ways we become our own psychologist. We learn to observe our thoughts and to test them and to go to battle with them!
We learn how stubborn parts of us can be but more than anything we learn how terribly weak and fragile and wounded we are!
We see how easily we get hurt and how hard at times we find it to forgive!
However, more than all else we learn of God’s mercy who continues to love us and help us in the middle of our most vile moments!
Jesus doesn’t’t run away as we fight! He puts on a coat of armour and He begins to fight with us and in us.
Ephesians 6:10-18 New International Version (NIV)
The Armor of God
“10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 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. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”
Sometimes we’d like if Jesus would just heal us. We’d like if we could just go to hospital and get the bad parts of our souls removed and we could just go home healthy like a man who had his appendix removed!
And yet this is not how God chooses to work!
God calls us to taking up our cross every day and going to battle with ourselves!
It is repetitive, it is frustrating, it is boring and tiring and yet it is also exciting, exhilerating, rewarding and challenging!
And so I’ll finish with a famous quote from Saint Augustin
“God who created you without you will not save you without you”!
So let’s enter courageously into battle today and let’s love and support and encourage each other as we all fight the same war!
Bless your day