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
5 I remember your genuine faith, for you share the faith that first filled your grandmother Lois and your mother, Eunice. And I know that same faith continues strong in you. 6 This is why I remind you to fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you when I laid my hands on you. 7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. 8 So never be ashamed to tell others about our Lord. And don’t be ashamed of me, either, even though I’m in prison for him. With the strength God gives you, be ready to suffer with me for the sake of the Good News. 9 For God saved us and called us to live a holy life. He did this, not because we deserved it, but because that was his plan from before the beginning of time—to show us his grace through Christ Jesus.–2 Timothy 1:5-9 (NLT)
We are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. As we study God’s Word and pray each day, our faith should continually grow stronger. God has given each of us a spiritual gift to glorify Him and edify our Christian brothers and sisters. As we use those gifts in His service, it should cause our faith to grow stronger. God does not want us to walk around afraid to speak about all the marvelous things He has done for us. He tells us over and over “Do not fear”, “do not be afraid”, “be courageous”. We can speak out because we have His power and love abiding in us in the form of His Holy Spirit. He gives us strength to endure any situation, He has told us that He would never allow us to be tempted above our ability to resist and that with the temptation, He would always provide a way out. The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.–1 Corinthians 10:13 (NLT)
If we don’t pay attention to God when He whispers, He yells at us by allowing us to endure pain and suffering. We should do our best to live holy lives because His redemption of us was not because we deserved it, but because He loved us.