It was one of those mornings. The weight of the world seemed to rest on my shoulders. There were so many needs, so many things that I couldn’t change, things that without a miracle would end badly. Things that weren’t my fault, but felt like my fault, weighed heavy on my mind. There were schedules and deadlines and pressures and to-do lists that were too long. I felt myself slipping, sliding down that dark tunnel to a place of despair, a place that was all too familiar. A place where I didn’t like myself, a place of no hope, a place where God was absent.

But wait! I don’t have to go there! Not this time!

II Corinthians 10:3-5 says, “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ…”

I believe one of Satan’s greatest and most effective tactics is destroying our minds and what we think. He is only as strong as the room we give him to fill. But too many times, I sit in my puddle of self-pity for just a few minutes too long, and before I know it, I’m a full-blown mess!

We have to be proactive! Jesus has paid the price, and we know who wins in the end. We need to be on our guard at all times, just as if we were in a battle. Because we are in a battle, friends! And we don’t have to give the enemy of our souls one inch of room in our minds! We don’t have to give in to despair!

Post encouraging verses in places you’ll easily see, play uplifting music, listen to podcasts that are full of the Gospel message, fill your mind with wholesome stuff. Ask Jesus daily what He thinks of you. The battle is real, but the victory can be ours, with Jesus’ help!