Have you ever asked yourself, “why do I keep struggling with the same issues?” or “when will my circumstances ever change?”. Well my friends, you are not alone. In my 35 years of life, the one thing I’ve come to the realization of is that although we may not understand why we’re experiencing what we’re experiencing, or are in the midst of a circumstance that’s beyond our mental capacity, God knows exactly WHY we’re in the position we’re in. I call this struggle, the “battle within”.
Behind the scenes, know that God has a plan and purpose for each of us to fulfill. He reminds us in Jeremiah 29:11 by saying, “For I know the thoughts I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and NOT of evil, to give you a future and a hope”. Most of the time, it’s a battle for our minds when we’re faced with varying situations that seem to be difficult, and many times, mentally and even physically draining and overwhelming.
If you’ve ever wondered why you get sick a lot, then you may want to reflect back to WHAT you’ve been thinking about or battling with in your mind, and see if you’re focusing on your circumstances more than God. I know this may be a hard pill to swallow, but lets just be real, it’s the truth. I constantly have to do this myself because it’s easy to get so engulfed into our circumstances, to the point where we forget to take time to thank God for WHO He is and just rest in the fact that God has already given us the victory to OVERcome our circumstances.
Satan’s number one mission towards us is to sift us like wheat (Luke 22:31), to make us FEEL defeated, and toppled over in our minds, to the point where we lose our joy, and sadly, forget to worship the One who controls the very circumstances or situations we face. The reason I say “FEEL defeated” is because Satan paints pictures in our minds to portray something that may not be reality, to look and feel like reality.
Feeling is an emotion and can change at any time, so the battle you’re experiencing and the struggle you’re having in your mind is not a natural battle; it’s a spiritual battle that ONLY the Word of God can help you destroy and overcome. The Word is concrete and innate, so overrides any lies, torment, and misconceptions that Satan tries to discourage you with in the midst of your circumstances.
For those of you reading this who may deal with the monsters in your head, such as fear, mental torment because of worrying about making a mistake, failing, the fear of rejection, self-image issues, insecurity, feeling you’re not good enough, or are not fully doing what God has placed on your heart to do, I can relate to you. I myself have struggled with each of these categories and sometimes still do struggle with these internal monsters.
Growing up as the oldest child, I had experienced being hard on myself because I didn’t want to let my parents, friends, teachers, those I looked up to down or let myself down. As I got older, that same pressure I had put on myself as a child had haunted me as an adult, and I didn’t realize it until this past year, believe it or not. The reason I share this is because sometimes the hardest battle to fight is not one with our friends, co-workers, classmates, children, family, and to some, their spouse. No. No. No! The hardest battle that most of us have to fight is the battle within our own heads.
It’s the battle in our minds that keeps us hindered and chained as a spiritual prisoner to our own way of thinking. Imagine yourself walking around with invisible chains all around your head and the world looking at you like you’re free, but in the spiritual realm, you’re really a slave to the torment in your mind. That’s a sad picture to paint, but hopefully, that helps you see what I’m talking about.
In 2 Timothy 1:7, it says that God did not give us a spirit of fear; but a spirit of power, love, and a sound mind. This is a great reminder that despite the monsters that are in your head, that God has the power to free you from any fears and thoughts you have that are not like Him. When we put our battle (our mind) in His hands, God will release love and power that can cover and cleanse our minds. With the cares of this world, the busyness of life, raising a family, working a full-time job, or even balancing going to school, guarding our minds against the wiles of the enemy is crucial if we’re to keep our minds focused and steadfast on Him.
Despite how you may feel, be encouraged and know that there’s light at the end of the tunnel. The mental battle you may be facing right now is only preparing you for greater victories that God has in store for you. Remember that though we walk THROUGH the valley of the shadow of death, we should fear NO evil because God is with us (paraphrasing Psalm 23:4). This is exciting news because God is reminding us that we do not have to go through any battle, both the natural and the spiritual battles we face, alone.
For those who have accepted Christ into their lives, the Holy Spirit is there to guide you and to bring back to remembrance ALL the great things He has put inside of you to be victorious over the battles in your mind.
Has this article impacted the way you think about the mental battles you may have faced or are currently facing? If so, I would love to hear from you!
Thank you so much for reading this blog and embarking upon this inspirational journey of life with me! If you were encouraged, inspired, or can identify with the message/story, please feel free to comment. I’m sure others will be encouraged by hearing YOUR story.