The mind is the battlefield in which rages the struggles between the kingdom of God and Satan’s empire. The moment one enlists in the army of the Lord, the gauntlet is dropped and both the outward and inward challenges of supremacy begin. When the new Christian is not tutored or mentored, he will face challenges with an innocence that will cause him to be unprepared for the spiritual conflicts. The Apostle Paul describes the struggles between right and wrong as “warfare.” (II Cor. 10: 4) He urges every believer to put on the “whole armour of God.” (Eph. 6:11) He urged Timothy to “war a good warfare” (I Tim. 1:18) and to “fight the good fight of faith.” (I Tim. 6:12) He told him when he was in the war not to have misdirected affection, for he was a soldier. (II Tim. 2:4) Every person needs to be aware that war awaits his decision to be a Believer. The road to victory will be marred with heavy battles and conflicts. Christian leadership needs to hold spiritual boot camps for new soldiers in the army of the Lord, for they need to be trained to use the Bible effectively and efficiently. They need to learn to keep a communication line open to God. They need to learn to be a team player. They need to know how to wear their uniform. (Eph. 6: 11) They need to know what each piece of equipment represents.
When the Church fails to acknowledge there might be a period of Tribulation in which Believers will be involved, is to take a calculated risk that they are absolutely certain their Scriptural interpretation is right. If there is not a certainty, than there is a danger that the Church will be ill prepared if there comes a period of tribulation. To promote escapism by itself and not include the possibility of difficult days ahead is to do a great disservice to the Believers. It is not the purpose of this article to debate Pre Tribulation Rapture; rather it is to make sure the reader has examined the Scriptures for himself. Let the Holy Spirit be the teacher, not the human authors. Christians are evenly divided on this subject. If the Church is raptured away before the Tribulation or after makes no difference to me. I am ready to go and meet the Lord whenever the Trumpet is sounded. Until that time, I am going to prepare for some difficult days ahead by fighting the good fight of faith until the “upper taker” comes.
The “bowling ball” on top of our shoulders causes so many problems. It is in the mind that Satan establishes strong holds that cause believers to birth imaginations that will challenge the very Word of God. Paul states that the saint must learn to cast down everything and anything that brings conflict with the Scripture. He teaches the believer to capture the negative thoughts and bring it into compliance with Christ. (II Cor. 10:4,5) Whenever you receive a thought that is in conflict with the Word, grab it and say, “In the name of Jesus, I reject and cast down this thought, for it is not of God.”
People who are having difficulty in their Christian walk can trace it back to believing the lies of the Devil, instead of the promises of God. Whenever we do not protect our minds from the fiery darts of Satan, we will spend more time trying to put the fires out then watering the mind with truth. We will spend more time thinking about Satan’s lies then dwelling on the truths of God’s Word. Let us accept Paul’s challenge to not be conformed to the world, but to be transformed by the renewing of our minds. (Rom. 12:2)