Moving into the latter part of this series we need a quick recap in order to understand what we are about to learn. First, we learn that our battle is not in a human form but rather a spiritual form. The battle of spiritual warfare is a battle that is fought within the mind. The key to victory is when we realize the heart and mind are directly connected. We have learned that when we change the way a person thinks, we can change the way a person lives. It is at this point we need to realize that there are basically two avenues that effect a person’s thinking: the ears and the eyes. This means that what a person hears, and what a person sees has a direct influence on their minds. Yes, I am saying that the music we listen to, the shows we watch on television, and the things we allow ourselves to see on the internet have a tremendous impact on whether or not we win in the arena of spiritual warfare. Let me give you some principles that will help you win the daily battle.
- Fill Our Ears with Godly Music. Many would say that I am stretching it too far. I am telling you, music has a tremendous impact on our mental state. Think about it…music what do we see professional athletes doing before the games? Listening to music. Why? Because it helps them mentally get ready for their game. It effects their preparation. Now, we have a battle going on everyday. Based on what we learned from our previous lessons that if we lose the wrestling match then it will have fatal results. David played music to remove the evil spirit form Saul, Paul and Silas used music to loose the chains of bondage within a prison cell, and one day God’s people will walk through the throne room of Heaven singing the song of the redeemed. Music has a tremendous impact on the state of your mind. We must fill our ears with things that bring victory and not defeat. Filling our ears with Godly music will have a huge influence on our thinking. Therefore, having a big impact on how we live. ‘And he said unto them, Take heed what ye hear: with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you: and unto you that hear shall more be given. ‘ Mark 4:24
- Guard Our Eyes from Ungodly Images. ‘I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me. ‘ Psalms 101:3 It is so difficult to maintain but it is absolutely vital that we learn to guard our eyes. Let me say this, I truly believe that pornography is stealing the minds of our current generation. It is not just a sin within our churches, but I believe it one of the most dominant sins within the church today. Another, avenue of Satan attack is through our newer horror films. I have recently seen movie trailers that were so demonic that it sent chills down my spine. If you do not think that Satan is using these movies to dull our spiritually senses, then you are very naive. Our children are being influenced more by what is on a television, or Youtube than their own parents. It takes boundaries, but we must guard our eyes. If we are not careful we will allow a stronghold attach to us that will take a miracle to remove.
I want to leave you with this final verse. It think it solidifies what we need in order to win the battles of spiritual warfare. ‘Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. ‘ Philippians 4:8