Battles of the Mind
Food for Thought
An Guide to Kingdom Living

by Joyce C. Lock

Some thoughts on high blood pressure - cause and cure.

If God is truly God and in control of all things, then ... The battles we face, whatever they be, are really only in the mind.

Satan is like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. The only power Satan has is to roar - unless we allow him to have the power over our minds.

Whatever we hope to accomplish, by carrying weights and burdens, are yokes God never intended us to carry. The battle belongs to the Lord.  In some instances, we have to let go of it before He is free to take over.

But, whatever the case may or may not be - there are times our minds become so worn that Satan seems stronger than we are.  In times like these, our vision isn't clear - because Satan is never stronger than God ... and we are His heirs.

Sometimes, remembering the truths we have already attained is helpful in calling Satan a liar. My favorite remedy, that works even when I have no strength of my own, is to block out Satan's lies and go to God in worship.

Once, I was so far gone ... I didn't know the problem, couldn't think of a Bible verse, my brain was about fried. I was so low, had no idea why, and couldn't seem to pull myself out of it.

I made up this horrible song - with whatever words came next. It started like this ... "Satan is a liar. His pants are on fire. The cow jumped over the moon." (Pretty lame, huh?)

I didn't feel like singing at all. There was no song in my heart. I couldn't have worshiped if I tried. But, I kept singing and singing until the words gradually transferred to words like - Jesus is the Victory.

Still not feeling the words, however repetitious it was, I kept singing until the words gradually began to take on power. With each degree that I could better feel God's presence, the burden felt lighter and lighter - until the evil presence was gone.

There's a song about things fading in His presence - and the things of this world will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glorious face.  Absent in body, present in spirit ... sometimes, God allows these times to call us to take a vacation, go away to just be with Him.  Once, I think I spent a whole week at escaping with God.  It was so wonderful, I didn't want to come back.

It is a guaranteed fix for stress related high blood pressure.  

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lamb-rightThe purpose of this series is to encourage people to live as loving, compassionate, and peacemaking children of God: Jesus tells us to pray, "Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." (Matthew 6:10) God tells us through Micah (6:8), "He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God." And we know from Revelation 21:4 that there will be no more mourning, or crying, or pain, or death. Thus, Christian living requires us to set the standards of these conditions here on earth for our fellow human beings, and for the other animals, as a witness to the rest of the world. To do otherwise is not Christian.