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TFP Book Club Post #1
Battlefield Of The Mind Book Club 2018-1
Battlefield Of The Mind Introduction & Chapter 1 thru 3
Refer back to the Reading Response Journal (Nonfiction) for annotation details.
Battlefield Of The Mind Key
A action & tasks
* important/main ideas
W weapons/tools to use
Tip: Repetitive Terms. If you continue seeing the same term, it’s probably important. Track where the word appears for a term study.
Reading Response Journal Guide
Use the Battlefield Of The Mind Key
Read, Review, Reflect
- Write 2 Corinthians 10:4-5. Why are our thoughts important?
- Write Romans 8:5. How do our actions and thoughts relate?
- In what way do you relate to Mary’s side? (pg 9-11)
- In what way do you relate to John’s side? (pg 12-14)
- Word of the week: Strongholds. Gather textual content for your term study.
- The first paragraph of Chapter 2 (pg 19), tells us thoughts are ____________, and according to the writer of the book of Proverbs, they have ___________.
- Write Proverbs 23:7. What specific things does this verse say about our thoughts?
- Write Deuteronomy 30:19 and Proverbs 18:21. How can we decide what is right every day?
- Write Zechariah 4:6. Write an action statement from the verse.
My Perspective: The Mind Is The Battlefield
The devil bombards our mind with:
- nagging thoughts
- trying to do it all
- behavior- feels condemnation
- realizes problems
- wants to change
- no control of actions
- knows what to do
- hates confrontation
- passive attitude
- retreats to TV – no action
- leave it alone, it will work itself out
- ‘I’ll pray about it’ syndrome
- thinks there is no point because nothing changes so why bother
Question: How do we win the victory over the lies of the devil?
Answer: “If you abide in My Word [hold fast to My teachings and live in accordance with them], you are truly My disciples. And you will know the Truth, and the Truth will set you free.” John 8:31, 32
What’s The Answer?
It’s a painful process to face our faults and deal with them. Generally, we tend to justify misbehavior.
Don’t allow the past and childhood to negatively affect the present and future!
Our past may explain why we’re suffering, but we must not use it as an excuse to stay in bondage. 1 Corinthians 10:13 promises that God will not allow us to be tempted beyond what we can bear.
Strongholds [term study]
The devil attempts to set up strongholds in our mind.
Question: Where do strongholds come from?
Answer: the devil
Question: Where are the strongholds?
Answer: in our mind
A stronghold is defined as an area in which we are held in bondage (in prison) due to a certain way of thinking.
4 For the weapns of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. 5 We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ,” 2 Corinthians 10: 4, 5 (ESV)
(Mary’s side) There are strongholds in Mary’s mind that the devil set up early in her life. As Mary learns to use her weapons, she will begin to tear down the strongholds that have built in her mind.
(John’s side) By the time all of these things have tallied up in John’s life, and the devil had worked on him, building strongholds in his mind for years and years, John simply had no courage to be anything but quiet, shy, and withdrawn.
The devil takes our circumstances and builds strongholds in our minds. However, we have weapons to tear down the strongholds.
Weapons – Spiritual Weaponry
- The Bible – pray the Word, speak the Word, study the Word
- Praise- Praise defeats the devil quicker than any other battle plan!
- Prayer- relationship with God [fellowship, friendship]
My Perspective: A Vital Necessity
If our thoughts are going to affect what we become, then it should certainly be a priority that we think right thoughts.
Life won’t straighten out until your mind does.
Get Serious. Choose your thoughts carefully.
You can look at a person’s attitude and know what kind of thinking is prevalent in his life.
My Perspective: Don’t Give Up!
Purposely choose right thinking.
Have you spent 40 years trying to make an 11-day trip? [Deuteronomy 1:6-8]