I have noticed a tendency within us believers that when we are amid a battle we tend to loose all shape, much like a cricket ball at the end of a day’s play. Or for my American friends, I suspect a baseball after a huge number of innings. In the case of a cricket ball a distorted shape gives the bowler an unfair advantage.
During our struggles when the pressure comes on and the pain is severe, or the anxiety heats up, our thoughts go out of shape as we concentrate and focus on the circumstances that we can feel, see and understand. Like the out of shape cricket ball we are given an unfair advantage to the bowler who is bowling curved balls to us at lightning speed.
As we loose all shape in our minds several events take place that place us under the attacker’s power and we begin to reel and stagger against the ropes exhausted. We begin to loose all perspective and ignore the scriptures that we have memorized or the word that was spoken to us the day before. We suffer from brain fade and immediately believe God has abandoned us.
We see nothing but blackness as the walls of the room close in and we sense what it must be like to be buried alive in an oxygen deprived coffin. At this point we are approaching a critical mass point, or tipping point. For unless we can rouse ourselves and live in the area of a sober mind we are slipping into a mire of ugliness.
At this point we must grab onto the cross and cling on until the strength and clarity of Christs death allows us to focus on the goodness and love of our Heavenly Father. We must act decisively and quickly before the poison of the enemy attacks our nerves and renders us paralysed spiritually.
The miracle that we long for and hope for will only come after we have chosen to throw off the weight of sin and the enemies pressure. God will wait and watch for us to act, and believe me, it only takes a glimmer of clinging to the cross, before all Gods resurrected power pours into our spirits and gives us the super human strength to resist the devil.
The Bible in 1 Peter speaks of being alert and of a sober mind so that we can think straight and clearly when our minds begin to go out of shape. This suggest that in the seasons of peace from warfare we must, without fail build up our most holy faith.
For me I need to exercise my spirit with worship and thanksgiving continually using all the weights available of mp3, CD’s or downloaded worship and thanksgiving songs either on my smart phone or computer. These are played whenever I have spare moment using ear phone, ear bud’s speakers or whatever.
Not only worship songs but I need to be declaring victory songs and proclaiming that I am surrounded by songs of deliverance. This phase is the clearing out and plundering stage of our wrapping up. Here we need to be careful and completely destroy the enemy’s demonic beings. Like David although the giant was down we still need to cut off the head of our adversary every time. For as Jesus said unless we replace the strong man with a stronger man we are in danger of being re occupied.
Speaking, singing and making songs in the spirit are other means that I continually employ to build up my faith to strengthen and maintain an alert and sober mind.
Having done all, we stand firm in Christ’s faith and in the Father’s love with our lions girded by the Holy Spirit forever being on alert.
Sometimes going back to the basics is one of the most important things we can do for ourselves.
Too true John and John.
I have taken to preaching to myself . Reminding myself of what Christ has done for me and of who I am in Him.
I love your analogy of our minds getting out of shape. Long ago, as a teenager, I discovered the words/thoughts I allowed to flow into my mind were of the utmost importance. For me that included the music I listened to and the books I read, what I watched, etc. I believe it is much more important than what a lot of people think.