This is a very inspirational article from, Everyday Living, the monthly publication from Joyce Meyer Ministries. If you are not familiar with Ms. Meyer, she is a world known evangelist who is highly respected and who travels world wide preaching the truth of the Bible. This particular article was authored by, Lynette Kittle in the January, 2008 edition.
Are you familiar with the term mind games? The dictionary defines a mind game as “an act or series of acts of calculated psychological manipulations, especially in order to confuse or intimidate.”
Every day our minds are bombarded with psychological manipulations through various outlets. We’re served a series of messages informing us of our need for brighter teeth, toner bodies, bouncier hair, juicier fruit, and so on and so forth. Most of us tend to believe that we may be lacking in these areas, causing us to buy an assortment of products, try to look a certain way, and enroll in activities we might not have considered joining on our own.
Although our present-day messages are persuasive influences in our society, they’re still not as powerful as the psychological manipulations that can be played within our own heads. This is where the “Olympics of the Mind” games are held so cunningly that most of us don’t recognize the author of these ideas—the devil and father of lies. He’s the master thought manipulator and uses whatever is available. He can take an unintentional misspoken statement from a friend or family member and twist it around in our mind until we believe its distortion. Or he tries to monopolize our mind with fearful thoughts that seek to paralyze us from going forward in life and sidetrack us from God’s purposes. He can also cause our thoughts to seem fragmented, causing us to feel clueless and unable to respond or find answers for everyday situations.
So how can we win against these cunning manipulations and stop the calculated corruption of our thoughts? On our own we can’t. We need God’s Word. Scripture tells us God recognized that man’s thoughts and wisdoms are futile. (See 1 Corinthians 3:20.) So He gave us His Word to use to “out maneuver” the enemy.
No matter what our IQ is, we are never going to be smart enough to outsmart the devil. Let’s face it, he’s had plenty of practice, and one of the primary ways we can be defeated is by thinking that we can outthink him. He’s the author of pride and more than ready to give us an unending supply of it. In fact, he’s the one who readily supplies the thoughts that tell us we are just too bright to be controlled by the devil.
Hebrews 4:12 tells us that the Word of God is alive and can expose, sift, analyze, and judge our very thoughts. If we want to shut down these destructive mind games being played in our heads, there is one tactic guaranteed to win. It’s a counter move that involves the Word of God. This opposing strategy breaks down the enemy’s plan of confusion and intimidation. And it’s the only move that defeats the devil at his own game—every time!