May 5: The battle is in your mind

You cannot have a positive life and a negative mind. ~Joyce Meyer.

Most every battle you will face this week begins in your mind. Too often, those battles play out in the mind and never make it into reality. The struggle is real, and the choices may not seem cut and dry. But one thing is absolutely real: You will not win the battle or settle the debate by denigrating or warring with others. You will win it in your mind before one word is said, or one step is taken. You see, we live in a spiritual world and life is a spiritual conflict. Yes, we have a body, but we are a spirit, and that means the real battle is in the spirit. Your mind is the battlefield, and you must wrestle with it daily. Unfortunately, there is no quarantine and no days off when it comes to this battle.

Recognize that the battle is fought — and won — in your mind. You’ve honed your battle skills in the natural, but when you sharpen spiritual tools, your earthly struggle decreases. And your peace increases.

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. ~Ephesians 6:12

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