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   Volume XIII, Issue 1


   The Battlefield of the Mind

Have you ever convinced yourself that something was going to go wrong? You just knew you weren’t going to get that job? Even before the interview? Then you got that job? Or you were certain the kids were going to get into a car accident driving home? And then they arrived home safely? In hindsight we often look back on situations like this and wonder why we were so worried. And sometimes have you arrived at the conclusion that your concern was all in your head?

   Not surprisingly, the Bible addresses the  all in your head  syndrome. God understands that if we’re not deliberate we are capable of imagining countless scenarios in which relationships fracture and bad things happen. So He built into His Word instructions for recognizing and overcoming the inclination to let our minds run away with us.

   These battles in our minds are actually a normal part of Christian experience. In 2 Corinthians 10, Paul

speaks about this very vividly. In verse three he says: For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. Paul says we are living in physical bodies in a material world. At the same time we are in a war, but the war is not being fought out in the physical or material realm. It is in a different realm. He explains in verse four: For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds...God has given us the appropriate weapons because this war in which we’re engaged is not in the physical realm. Our weapons are not physical, but spiritual. God has given us spiritual weapons that will destroy strongholds. In this war there are strongholds that oppose us and oppose God. And

   Volume XIII, Issue 1

I had come to the end of my solutions, and one day a phrase in Isaiah 61:3 captured my attention: The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness... When I read that phrase I suddenly realized that I was dealing with a spirit a personality that studied me, knew my weaknesses, knew how and when to attack me. I was not dealing with mental or psychological conditions merely in myself. I was not dealing merely with a habit pattern. But there was a person set against me by Satan himself studying me and plotting my downfall.

   Then I saw why the pressure got worse the more I wanted to serve the Lord: because the mission of this spirit was to hinder me in my service for God. When I was somewhat slack and indifferent, the pressure was lifted. But the more dedicated and earnest I became, the more the pressure increased. I was dealing with a personality with understanding that knew just how and when to apply the pressure.

   Recognizing the identity of my enemy was a tremendous step forward. I searched the Scriptures and found a verse that I believed would bring me the solution to my problem. Joel 2:32 says: It shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered. I believed this promise was just as all inclusive as John 3:16: Whoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life.

   I saw Joel 2:32 as a promise specifically of deliverance. I put the two Scriptures together Isaiah 61:3 and Joel 2:32 and I prayed a very specific prayer. I named the spirit (the spirit of heaviness) and I claimed God s own promise (Whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered ). I prayed,  God, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ according to Your Word I’m asking You to deliver me from this spirit of heaviness.  And when I prayed that specific, scriptural prayer, I was delivered. The pressure was lifted.

   Then my learning experience continued. I learned that it’s one thing to be delivered; it’s another thing altogether to stay delivered. God began to show me that He had done His part, and now I had to do my part. He had set my mind free from this demonic pressure. Now it was up to me to re-educate my mind to cultivate a totally different outlook and way of thinking. Before I was delivered, I was not able to do it. After I was delivered, it was my responsibility to do it. God had done His part in delivering me, but I had to do my part in maintaining my deliverance.

   I believe this is true in almost any realm in which God intervenes on your behalf salvation, healing, deliverance. God does His part and then it’s up to you to do your part. Your part is to maintain to hold on to what God has given you.

Adapted from Derek Prince’s teachings: Learning by Living and The Helmet of Hope,  available at

For further study, we recommend Derek s message: Casting Down Strongholds

Mailing Address: Derek Prince Ministries P.O. Box 19501 Charlotte, NC 28219-9501 704-357-3556

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