PASTORS' DAILY DEVOTIONAL
May
26

The Battle In My Mind

John Tilton

Scripture

Romans 7:21-23

So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand. For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members.

Observation

These scriptures epitomize the battle that often goes on in my mind knowing what I should do in obedience to the Lord, yet sometimes falling to be captured by the things that counter God’s word and will. What is it that causes my mind to be compelled by the desires that are not in accordance with the will of God? What takes place in my mind that prior to sin compels me toward sin, but then later causes me to feel sorrowful for my disobedience? It seems that there is a carnal side of me that gets tempted easily, yet a reaction that causes me disdain in my actions. What happens in one’s mind that contributes to this change? In my desire to be in obedience, I wish that there were a button or trigger that would take away the compelling desires of sin on contact?

Application

However, although there doesn’t seem to be a magic button, word(s) or trigger that can take away the carnal desire to be tempted by sin, I do realize that if not a word, but rather God’s word that would work in my mind to strengthen and shield me to battle sin. Perhaps the more I feed my mind with the word and treasures of God, that the battle in my mind would be won by the ammunition I give my mind to battle against the enemy and his temptations. Perhaps those times are the best to be an instigator of the battle and victory by recalling and reciting God’s scriptures? Yet, I know that it must start with my doing my devotions. The more time I spend with God and His word, the more I can fight the battle in my mind. Aha, then I believe that asking and welcoming in the Holy Spirit to be the catalyst in me to lead and guide me against the enemy and battle, will complete my battle plan.

Prayer

Dear Lord, thank you for giving us the answer and solution to life’s challenges and battles first through Christi’s sacrifice, then your inspired word. Then, may the Holy Spirit be the trigger in me to fight the fight.


Today's Devotions

Proverbs 1,2,3
Romans 7

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