Our Minds are like Icebergs
A big battle with most people is battle for their mind. How do we win the mind games? When you look at an iceberg, you only see ten percent of its mass, ninety percent of it is underwater. That is similar to the battle going on in most people’s lives. You only see a small percent of their struggle. I would go so far to say that most of the struggle people have is mental. When I played tennis in college, my coach would tell me that “tennis is ninety percent mental and ten percent physical. You have to win the mind game.” We have a game plan to win the mind game.
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect
We are in a spiritual battle whether we like it or not. This isn’t something we can sit out; its real. 2 Corinthians tells us that our battle is not with carnal weapons but with spiritual ones. The battlefield often takes place in our minds. Satan would love to plant seeds of doubt, discouragement, and defeat in our minds and render us completely ineffective for the kingdom of God.
Paul shows us how to win the mind games. He tells us to live as living sacrifices who’s minds are being renewed daily. A living sacrifice is someone who gives up their agenda and submits to the leading of the Holy Spirit. We no longer care about our reputation but are fully committed to what God desires. We live as one who has given up everything fully trusting God to provide everything.
He also tells us to renew our minds. On a daily basis, we are being bombarded with images and messages from the world. There has to be a process where we unload all of that garbage and process it through the word of God and the transforming power of the Holy Spirit. This happens in our prayer closet as we fill our minds with the word of God and connect with God through prayer. It continues as we forsake ourselves and live to serve others.
Win the Battle
The mind game has rendered many Christians helpless. Their thoughts so control them that they are paralyzed with doubt and bitterness. You can be set free from all of that baggage by letting your mind be transformed.