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The Battle for Our Minds


“What has our time, has our mind,

What has our mind, has our heart.

What has our heart, has our whole.

The things we love have our soul”

Growing up, I can’t say I was always the person to see the glass half full, but I did always try to fill it up the best I could. When my friend or sister was sad, or needed a little pick me up, I always enjoyed going out of my way to make them smile. In my poetry, I liked to take dismaying subjects and turn them around by pointing towards Jesus and his redeeming love and grace. In college, it became harder for me to sift through the stress, struggle, and fear of classes, professors, and friends. In fact, it slowly began to consume me until it gave way to debilitating anxiety and spiraling depression.

Now some of you may have experienced clinical depression, some may have experienced episodes, and some not at all. Whatever you have faced or are currently facing, the fact is, you don’t have to be depressed to experience daily battles for your mind.


Anyone who has said yes to Jesus has already accepted the terms for war to wage in her mind because that is where the devil strikes first. Christian rapper, Dillion Chase, said it best himself:

“What has our time, has our mind,

What has our mind, has our heart.

What has our heart, has our whole.

The things we love have our soul”

That's why Phillipians 4:8 tells us: "Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever it right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy— think about such things.”


Satan knows that if he turns our attention to the storms raging around us —the mountains of homework, the friendship drama, the dissension at home, the deadlines, the impatient teacher— we will take our focus off the One who holds it all in His hands.

My focus was on my shame, that I couldn’t just stop the worrying by praying about it and trusting God. I didn’t want to read His Word; I didn’t want to ask for help, I just wanted to sit in shame and self-hatred because I felt as though I deserved it. I was mad that after all those years of seeking God and knowing who He is, I continued to struggle. Every bit of truth that I knew about God seemingly became meaningless, making me doubt God, merely in a matter of seconds. Why? Because I couldn't see past my blinding shame.


Shame, fear, and guilt, are all tools the devil uses to make us take our focus off of God so we forget who our Maker, our Father, and our Redeemer Jesus Christ is. That's why it is so important to discipline ourselves to better focus on the truth of who God is and worshipping him daily through the things we think, say, and do.

I have grown a lot since my diagnosis last year, but I'm not out of the woods yet. I know this battle of the mind will be ongoing until the day I die, which means I have to choose everyday to refocus my mind on God. The two things that have helped me develop this far are spiritual disciplines and support from my community. Without a small bible study group that met weekly, and my BCM community group, things would have turned out differently. Their zeal for scripture and loving support gave me strength through every week. Without my roommate and suitemates pouring into me, I would never have been able to get this far. There is so much power in the community of believers that God provides for us.


Of course, the hardest thing I am still learning is that friends, no matter how much they love you, can't always be there for you. That's where disciplining yourself to seek the Father on your own will becomes one of the most important things you learn to do as a Christian. If we always lean on others to hold us, then we are substituting people in exchange for turning to God as our Rock and Fortress. So, what does spiritual discipline look like?


For most people, its a combination of practices. The three most helpful for me have been constant prayer, gratitude, and reminding myself of who God is. This came through community bible studies, praying and spending time in nature, reading his word on my own, and all while reminding myself of God's character. Focusing on God's merciful, graceful, powerful, and righteous nature and noticing it in the world around you is what will keep you moving forward in living your best life for God.


Take a moment to reflect on where you mind has been recently. Are you focused on having enough money to pay college tuition? Are you worried about where our culture is headed in the news? Are anxious about the upcoming school year or wondering how you will provide for yourself once you graduate? Whenever my thoughts run wild I try and remember this verse: "We demolish arguments and every pretention that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ." So, what can you do to capture those debilitating thoughts and reroute your focus back on God and his truth? Trust me when I say it isn't easy, and it's a daily decision that we have to make, but it will be the most freeing thing you do. No matter your circumstances, no matter your insecurities, or the things of the world you can't control, it is God who will always be constant, always loves you, and will always be there fighting for you. Just keep chasing Him!



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