6 If your sinful old self is the boss over your mind, it leads to death. But if the Holy Spirit is the boss over your mind, it leads to life and peace.— Romans 8:6 New Life Version (NLV)
Romans 8:1-6 NLV Spiritual battles are fought in our minds. The thoughts that we allow to linger in our minds long enough will turn into words and actions. That is why the mind must be guarded at all times. In the early days of computers, there was an acronym that was used quite frequently when computers spit out garbage or nonsense. That acronym was “gigo” , garbage in, garbage out. Our minds are the most fantastic computers imaginable. It is said that most of us never even use ten percent of the capacity of our brains. So, if we feast on visual and oral garbage for hours every day, then that is what is going to come out of our minds. We need to be God-focused, not sin-focused. Don’t fall into the enemy’s trap of remembering and rehearsing your sins and mistakes. Rather, focus on what you know to be true. God fulfills every promise. He forgives us every time we fail. When satan tempted Jesus, Jesus responded with scriptures. We must fight evil the same way. That is the example we are to follow. If satan whispers in your ear that you are not forgiven, just quote
1 John 1:9 to him. 9 If we tell Him our sins, He is faithful and we can depend on Him to forgive us of our sins. He will make our lives clean from all sin.
“The Gospel has come to you because it’s on its way to someone else.” – Anonymous
21 The tongue can bring death or life;those who love to talk will reap the consequences.
— Proverbs 18:24
Words are powerful. God spoke the world into existence and He gave Jesus all authority in heaven and earth. Jesus gave that authority to us. So, we have the power to speak words of life and blessing or to speak words of death and cursing. Do your words produce life or death? Since we are indwelt by the Triune God, we have the words of life. The world needs something to believe in and hang onto. Speak words of life to those around you and you will not only bless them, but you will find as you speak those words and they become real to you, your attitude improves. The Beatitudes are called that because speaking blessings should always be our attitude. James warns us that the tongue is a dangerous weapon that we are unable to control.
We must allow the Holy Spirit to control it for us and it will produce fruit that brings forth life. Let the fruits of the Spirit rule over you and you will become a life-giving stream to your family and friends.
15 So on October 2nd the wall was finished—just fifty-two days after we had begun. 16 When our enemies and the surrounding nations heard about it, they were frightened and humiliated. They realized this work had been done with the help of our God. — Nehemiah 6:15, 16 NLT
Rebuilding the wall that surrounded Jerusalem in Nehemiah’s time was a major construction project. Although we can’t be sure of exactly how much of the wall they rebuilt, we can be sure that at the very minimum, it would have exceeded two and a quarter miles. Compare that to how long it takes a construction crew to repair a section of interstate that exceeds two miles even with all the equipment and ready-made materials they have available to them today. Then add to that, the fact that they had to build the final portions of the wall using one hand and carrying a weapon in the other. And the whole time, they were being harassed and ridiculed by their enemies. It was quite a miraculous feat. There is no way Nehemiah and his people could have even started this project without the direction and the power of God working through the people involved. From the king of Babylon to the least of the workers in Jerusalem, God worked through each of them to provide for the people and the project. When satan sees that God has raised up people to do a great work, he is always there to try to thwart what God is doing. He was there in Nehemiah’s time trying to discourage everyone with bluster and lies and he is still up to his old tricks today. We need to pray that God will raise up Ezras and Nehemiahs in our day to rebuild the body of Christ. So that satan and his allies will once again be “frightened and humiliated” when they see God helping us.