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How to Have Victory
Over a
Passive Mind

 

May 10, 2000

Subject: How to Have Victory Over a Passive Mind

Hi John:

Note the following passages in the Bible:

"Incline your ear and hear the words of the wise, and apply your mind to my knowledge; for it will be pleasant if you keep them within you, that they may be ready on your lips. So that your trust may be in Yehovah, I have taught you today, even you. Have I not written to you excellent things of counsels and knowledge, to make you know the certainty of the words of truth that you may correctly answer to him who sent you?"  (Proverbs 22:17-21)

Paul wrote,

"We are subverting computations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ." (2 Corinthians 10:5)

Jesus said,

"And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all Your strength.í" (Mark 12:30)

John, the moment you received Jesus as Savior and Lord you entered into a spiritual battle, a battle that will continue until Jesus calls you home. The reason why the battle begins after you receive Jesus is because before you received Jesus you were already in Satanís kingdom doing his will. But now you have defected and Satan will not rest until he gets you back.

The Battle of the Christian walk is in the heart and mind, the thought life, both organs of the soul.  The writer of Proverbs wrote,

"Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life. Put away from you a deceitful mouth, and put devious lips far from you. Let your eyes look directly ahead, and let your gaze be fixed straight in front of you. Watch the path of your feet, and all your ways will be established. Do not turn to the right nor to the left; turn your foot from evil." (Proverbs 4:23-27)

Before we came to Jesus, all we had was our thought life to guide us, our soul. We never questioned it. It is through our thought life that Satan brings and keeps us in bondage:

"Sir, you need to receive Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord."

"I am a good person, I go to church, I give the tithe, I am on the board of deacons in my church."

"But sir, you must receive Jesus to be saved."

"I am sure my good works will more than cover my sins."

Where is this man getting these thoughts? Satan is planting them there. How do we know what are Godís thoughts coming into our minds verses Satanís thoughts planted there? Only one way: through a thorough knowledge of the Word of God:  the Bible.  Paul wrote:

"This I say therefore, and affirm together with the Lord, that you walk no longer just as the Gentiles also walk, in the futility of their mind, being darkened in their understanding, excluded from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardness of their heart; and they having become callous, have given themselves over to sensuality, for the practice of every kind of impurity with greediness. But you did not learn Christ in this way, if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught in Him, just as truth is in Jesus, that, in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old man, which is being-corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit, and that you-be-renewed in the spirit of your mind, and put on the new man, down-from God which has-been-created in righteousness and holiness of the truth."  (Ephesians 4:17-24)

As you read and study the Bible, you are re-educating your heart and mind, renewing your mind. You are replacing those old thoughts, planted their by Satan, with Godís thoughts. The only way you can truly know what is Jesusí voice is by knowing what His Word teaches you on the subject. That is the problem with a passive mind. We have followed our thoughts for so long, we arenít always aware when we are being controlled by them or by the knowledge of Godís Word. I have an associate who has problems with this all the time. He has a passive mind. By that I mean he never questions what comes into his mind. He acts on whatever comes into his mind without questioning whether it is from God or not. As a result we are always clashing in the Spirit. "Friend, where did that thought come from? Did you ask God whether it came from him? Did you ask yourself whether the Word of God confirms that it is of God?" "No." "That is why we are always clashing. You are not scrutinizing your thoughts. Just because something comes into your mind, no matter how noble it sounds, does not mean it is of God!"

Often times we will run into each other in the Lordís work. The reason: because he is not scrutinizing his thoughts. To scrutinize your thoughts means to not just accept any thought that comes into your mind as being true or of God, but questioning every thought that comes into your mind by asking yourself the question: "Is this of God? Does His Word support and confirm it? Does this support what God has already commanded me to do or contradict it?" Paul wrote:

"Do not be deceived: ĎBad company corrupts good morals.í Become sober-minded as you ought, and stop sinning; for some have no knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame." (1 Cor 15:33-34)

To be sober minded means to control our thought life, scrutinize it and not accept or act on any thought as if coming from God until we have confirmed it with Godís word whether we think it is of the Holy Spirit or not. Paul wrote, "And no wonder, for even Satan transforms himself as an angel of light" (2 Cor 11:14). There in lies the battle of the Christian walk, bringing into submission and controlling our thought life we have listened to and followed passively without question for so many years.

How do demonic forces attach themselves to us? Satan has no power over us except the power we give him. Think of the mind as the United States and all fifty territorial states. Satanís goal is to take and steal every one of these territories. He does it by taking one state at a time. How does he do this? When he implants in our minds a thought that is contrary to Godís Word and Godís revealed will to us by the Holy Spirit confirmed through the Word, when we decide to surrender to that thought and act upon it, then and only then is Satan able to attach Himself to us in that piece of territory of our mind. This is why the Bible tells us that our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but spiritual forces. Once we act upon that thought and the evil spiritual force which put it there then attaches itself to us, we then are under bondage to that idea and find ourselves not able to say no to the thought any longer even if we want to.

What is the solution? We must retake back that piece of territory Satan has stolen from us. Unfortunately once we have surrendered it, Satan does not want to give it back, and so begins the spiritual battle. Thus we do not find choosing to submit ourselves to Godís will at first pleasant because of the spiritual forces that we are fighting against in order to do so. How do we regain that area of our minds? First, by confessing the sin to God.  Second, by repenting of the sin, by resurrendering that area of our lives to Jesus: "Jesus, I will to resubmit this area of my life to you and to obey Your will in this area of my life." Remove from your life whatever is associated with the sin, whatever tempts you and causes you to fall to the sin.  Paul wrote in Romans 13:14 "But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts."  If the flesh has opportunity, it will sin, so you must remove the object of temptation if you are to go on and have victory over the sin repented of.

Third, to ask Jesus to cleanse this area of your life with His blood. Fourth, in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth command the unclean spirits related to go. "In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, spirits of rebellion and unbelief I bind you and command you to be gone or "spirits of lust and perversion be gone!", whatever the case may be.  You must accept by faith they are gone, not by how you feel, but on God's promise in His word:

"Behold, I have given you authority over all the power of the enemy and to tread upon serpents and scorpions, and nothing shall injure you." (Luke 10:19)

Six, do Godís will. Control your thought life and tell yourself to obey God and then obey God. If you donít, disobedience is a doorway and it will re-open this doorway to Satan and the unclean spirits related and you will find yourself going through this process all over again.

John, all believers fight these battles. Peter wrote,

"Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. But resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world.(1 Peter 5:8-10)

The guarding of the mind, the thought life, is a continuous ongoing battle 24 hours a day, seven days a week, fifty-two weeks a year. So if you are to succeed in the Christian walk you must resolve and posture yourself spiritually to fight this battle until Jesus calls you home.  You canít let up. The moment you let your guard down, know and be assured that Satan will come in and attack you and bring you down.

The moment you choose to use your time for anything other than what the Lord has commanded you to do with your time, you make your mind passive and it becomes open to Satanís attacks. The only way you can keep your heart and mind safe and closed to Satanís attacks and control is through obeying the Lord in your life in your use of time. Our Christian walk until Jesus comes is regaining and taking back territory Satan has stolen from us through sin and disobedience and then guarding and keeping that territory. You see you are already in the war and Jesus has already assigned you territory to guard: Your own heart, mind and soul. We do this first through a thorough knowledge of Godís Word so we know what the territory is we need to take back and guard continually. We then keep that territory we have regained by not just accepting anything that comes into our minds as being of God, but by scrutinizing those thoughts: "Did that thought come from Jesus? What does His Word say on it? Jesus told me he wants me to go through this textbook on Evangelism. I have set aside this time for this purpose. That thought which came to me to go and do something else with this time, was that of God? What does his word say?"

"Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men, but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil. So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is." (Ephesians 5:15-17)

"No, that thought did not come from God because He commands me in his word to use my time wisely according to his will. It is His will that I do this study. In agreement with Him I set this time aside for this study, therefore it is His will that I use this time for this study. In Jesus' name Satan! I bind your mouth and your power. You are a liar. I bind your mouth and your power and command you to leave now and not come back!"

This is how you overcome a passive mind and stay in Godís will and do Godís will. Because there are unclean spiritual forces involved, to choose to do Godís will at first is not going to be easy or pleasant, but as you choose to go against these Satanic suggestions and instead obey God, God promises us in His word that these Satanic forces will leave and that the unpleasant experience of the battle will be replaced with the fruit of the Holy Spirit of love, joy and peace.

"Submit therefore to God, resist the devil, and he will flee from you." (James 4:7)

"But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen and protect you from the evil one." (2 Thessalonians 3:3)

"And after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you." (1 Peter 5:10)

"For the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit." (Romans 14:17)

"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace." (Galatians 5:22)

Sincerely in Jesus,

Dale P. Kruse
Pastor-Evangelist

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*For More Information on These Subjects See the Following Books:

Brown, Rebecca M.D. He Came To Set The Captives Free. Chino: Chick Publications, Copyright 1986 by Rebecca Brown, M.D.

 

 


Rebecca Brown, MD. Prepare For War. chino: Chick Publications. Copyright 1987 by Rebecca Brown.

 

 

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