November 29, Mind Battle
Today’s reading: Psalms 141-145
“The enemy pursues me, he crushes me to the ground; he makes me dwell in the darkness like those long dead. So my spirit grows faint within me; my heart within me is dismayed. I remember the days of long ago; I meditate on all your works and consider what your hands have done. I spread out my hands to you; I thirst for you like a parched land” - Psalm 143:3-6.
You are probably surprised (not) that David was in trouble again, so he penned this psalm telling God of his troubles, and his desperate need for the Lord’s presence and help. David was fighting battles against his enemies, but notice that that he was also battling an internal one, and that was his thoughts. He forced himself to focus his thoughts on God’s works of old, including what God had done for David in the past. David also confessed that his greatest need was not for deliverance, but for God Himself! Your mind can be your greatest ally in times of trouble or your greatest enemy, for that is where you assess the threat and risk of your current situation. You can either give in to your fears, or combat them with massive doses of God’s word, along with flashbacks and reruns of your past testimonies and victories. Don’t be surprised at how long and difficult the process is to keep your mind at peace. Just fight the fight, and don’t give in to despair, terror or worry.