Recognize it or not, there is an unseen battle raging for your mind even as you read this. The unseen forces of good and evil, right and wrong, God and Satan, are constantly battling for the control of your mind.
We have been talking about fear and love, but why do we fear? Why do we love? These are choices that our minds make based on the information we feed into our minds.
Did you realize that God is far more interested in changing your mind than changing your circumstances? We too often become focused on our circumstances, and we want God to take away all of the problems, pain, sorrow, suffering, sickness, and sadness. But God wants to work on you first, because transformation won't happen in your life until you choose to renew your mind...until your thoughts begin to change. Your thoughts are what control your life!
Romans 12:2 says, "Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God's will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect" (NLT).
For example, maybe a parent or friend has told you that you are worthless...that you won't amount to anything. If you accepted that thought, even though it was wrong, it shaped your life. But listen to what God has to say about you: Ephesians 2:10 says, "For we are God's masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago" (NLT). Now if you accept this thought, your life will be filled with meaning and purpose!
So managing your mind is the key to peace and happiness! An unmanaged mind leads to tension, conflict, and stress. When you don't try to control your mind and the way you direct your thoughts, you will have an enormous amount of stress in your life. But a managed mind leads to strength, security, and serenity.
Romans 8:6 says, "Letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace" (NLT). One of the reasons we get mentally fatigued is because of the battle raging for your brain 24 hours a day. Satan wants your greatest asset because he wants to destroy you, but fill your mind with God's Word, the truth, and you will be filled with life and peace!