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The last few weeks have been a big learning time for me.
I hope you will get as much out of the lessons I learned as I did.

I also pray God will give me the right words to say as I share with you what He has taught me!

In realizing that the battle we face is Spiritual,  it is important to remember that the primary battlefield
is the mind. Our spiritual battles are also mental battles, because the spiritual battle is waged in the mind.
We find a warning in His Word about the reality of the kingdom of darkness:

(2 Cor 11:3 NIV) 
But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent's cunning, 
your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.

Have you ever struggled with your thoughts, had difficulty reading the Bible, or even thought you might be hearing voices in your head?  Many people have these symptoms and they may be core evidence of the spiritual battle going on in their minds.

(1 Tim 4:1 NIV) 
The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith 
and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons.

 It is a battle, and requires spiritual protection and weapons.

(Eph 6:10 -16 NIV) 
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.
  Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes.
  For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
  Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.
  Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,  and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.   In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.

"Heavenly realms" is not what we are looking forward to after this life, but our present reality
- that is, the spiritual world or atmosphere in which we live.
People are kept in spiritual bondage because of the lies they believe about God and themselves!
And we all know who the "father of lies" is ----satan himself!

(John 8:44 NIV)
 You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father's desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

The problem and the answer to it are found in :

(1 John 5:19 NIV) 
We know that we are children of God,
and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one.

Jesus is the truth (John 14:17)
The Holy Spirit if the Spirit of truth and will guide us into all truth (John 16:13)
The truth will set me free (John 8:32)

And all of this is ours as children of God!!!

"If the Holy Spirit bears witness with my spirit (Rom 8:16)
that I am a child of God, then why don't I sense it?"
Where is that cry for "Abba Father" in the pits of my depression?
Ignorance and lack of genuine repentance cause us not to sense God's presence
---and that leads to depression!
Of course satan does not want us to remember that we are children of God,
and as such have authority over the kingdom of darkness.

But the truth is:
 I am alive with Christ and am united with Him:
In His death (Rom 6:3; Gal 2:20; Col 3:13)
In HIs burial (Rom 6:4)
In His resurrection (Rom 6:5,8,11)
In His ascension (Eph 2:6)
In His life (Rom 5:10-11)
In His power (Eph q:19,20)
In His inheritance (Rom 8:16-17; Eph 1:11-12)

To continue on this study...
Battle For The Mind

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