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Ephesians 6:10-20

10 A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. 12 For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.

13 Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. 14 Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. 15 For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. 16 In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. 17 Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

18 Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.

19 And pray for me, too. Ask God to give me the right words so I can boldly explain God’s mysterious plan that the Good News is for Jews and Gentiles alike. 20 I am in chains now, still preaching this message as God’s ambassador. So pray that I will keep on speaking boldly for him, as I should.

Go Deep

WBSGbio_JoyOur minds play an important role as we walk through hard times. Joy from The Carlos & Joy Show writes about this today.

I’m not good enough.

I can’t do it.

With each step these thoughts entered my mind as I walked into the studio to do my show. Instead of feeling confident and planning through the amazing topics we had prepared, my mind turned to attack me with insecurities and fears.

You have probably had these thoughts at some point in your life, but if you suffer from negative self-talk like I do then you might feel this way every day. I know that many people deal with insecurity, but for some those insecurities can become a constant negative narrative in their mind.

I have a particularly busy mind, meaning that I’m always thinking about several things at once. All that over-thinking and over-analyzing can easily be used against me. That’s why I need to prepare and fight against it.

If you know you will be faced with an onslaught of insecurity and negativity then why not get ready to fight against it and win?

Ephesians 6:13 says “Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm.”

We have armor available to us and while it might not be as tangible as a shield, it can be even more effective. Our minds are a battlefield and we need to seek the Lord if we hope to win.

The days when I wake up late, fly into work, and then try to stay in a healthy mindset are always hard. But if I wake up and have a conversation with God, get into His word, and give the parts of my day to him ahead of time then I am prepared for when the lies comes flying at me like flaming arrows.

When my thoughts echo the phrase “You are going to fail.”

My heart responds with, “It does not matter if I fail or succeed because I am not defined by what I do, but rather who I am in Christ.”

When I hear, “You can’t do it.”

I respond with, “Exactly. I can’t do it alone. I will lean into the Lord for His strength today because I am not alone.”

God does not want us to be susceptible to every lie and negative thought the enemy throws our way. But the truth is that without him we will easily begin to believe the lies. One of my favorite verses is:

Philippians 4:6-7 6Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”

We have so much victory, peace, and power available to us if we know how to prepare. Don’t miss your time with the Lord today even if it’s a short prayer to hand the negative self talk over to him and ask for his full armor to guard and protect you.

Notes from the Beyond Suffering Bible

The Armor of God – Although we face a real enemy who is out to destroy our souls, the good news is that God has given us everything we need to be victorious in the fight. Our “armor” consists of truth, righteousness, peace, faith, salvation, the Word of God, prayer, and the power of the Holy Spirit. So don’t get caught in enemy territory unprepared—put on the armor of God each and every day!

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Unathi
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I loved this. It’s not new to me, but it’s always relevant. A few decades ago, when I first learned that God truly DID love me and wasn’t just trying to send me to hell, I went to a church where the worship leader wrote most of the songs we’d sing. Those songs were based on scripture. And whenever I heard this one and sang it, it encouraged me immensely. “Fight the fight of faith, Charge the enemy! Fight the fight of faith, Resist him, he will flee! Pick up the shield of faith And the Word of God as… Read more »
Terri
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Beautifully stated! Thank you!

ashleythompson0214
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Love it 🙂 thanks for sharing

Andy
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Way FM is incredible. Every morning I put my armor on, and the song is you guys play, and reading the small group emails and texts and verses help me use Gods sword as my strongest weapon when I put on my uniform every day. Thank you for all you do, and for everyone collectively here! May God richly bless all of you, forever in my prayers!
– Andy

deb60zbbe
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you as well Andy!

T Swift
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Thank you for the reminder today! I often struggle against the lies of Satan, especially when they are subtle. I, too, think a lot! Therefore, I need to be reminded a LOT about who is greater! And I love this passage from Ephesians, especially in that the only weapon we have is the sword, which is God’s word. When we don’t read God’s word, we have no weapon when we go into battle. Defensive mechanisms are great, but if you can’t strike out against your enemy, you can’t get your enemy to fall back and stop attacking you!
pastormatt
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Well stated T. Swift! It is good to be reminded that we need to sharpen our weapon daily. My prayer life has grown greatly, recently. But, as a youth pastor, I have found that my main time of sharpening my sword has been when preparing for lessons. Got to find a better balance in my life.

Jean Lee
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This is something I battle daily. I’d like to say I stop and put on the armor and pray but I don’t. Thank you for sharing. It’s good to know other people experiences the same things.

pmcmill
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I agree with you all it is a constant battle. Thank you Joy!

Stephanie.david0725
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Wow, this was very encouraging and helpful, Joy. I feel like I’m constantly dealing with this as well. Today, I’m planning on using God’s truth to snuff out the fiery lies of the enem as I face this Monday.
Thank you, again, for sharing.

christy
Member

Very good word for today as I am fighting battles right now involving rebellious Dottie spirits in my two teen daughters. A good reminder that my battle if with Satan and not with my kids

Robin
Member

This is so true. We need to be prepared as Joy said. Before leaving home thank the Lord for His provisions and pray for protection and guidance for the day. Place everything in His hands and rest in His peace.

Blessed275
Member

I completely understand the point and battle with my inner critic constantly. I silent the voice by praying or reading God’s word of what I am. Times when i can’t read I just say his name. There is powerin the name of Jesus.

Marty
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I so needed Joy’s comments today! I suffer from negative self-talk a lot; I’m very overweight and often feel people judge me on my appearance so it’s a daily struggle. I tend to isolate myself rather than subject myself to snubs or facial expressions that say a lot more than words. But as Joy says, we are not judged by what we do but by who we are in Christ. Thank you, Jesus!

WAY-FM
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Martha, praying for you and for God’s truth to combat the lies.

Terri
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Amen!

Mvtf
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This needs to be a conscious effort

skipperott
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Abosolutely perfect timing. I was rushed this morning and left God out of my morning routine, but after reading this I have a new hope knowing the Lord is with me all day!

Wen
Member

I struggle with believing the lies that Satan tells me. Thank you for the Reminder that I can put on the amour and fight back!
Today is a day that I need to,it it all on and in multiple layers. I will fight the fight as I don’t have to do it alone.

Icedtea32
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Praying for you too

yparrilla84
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Thank you for this today, I was battling with this last night and a few days prior. Never feeling like I’m enough. It’s comforting knowing that I am not the only one. Thank you for highlighting the tools I need!

Debra
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I really needed to hear this today. Thanks, Joy.

TRenfro
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I understand the battlefield of the mind….I battle against negative and destructive thoughts daily. God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of peace and love and a SOUND MIND. I repeat this scripture frequently. Thank you for this devotional today. I don’t feel alone or like something is wrong with me, when I hear others discuss the battle they go through.

WAY-FM
WAY-FM

Isn’t it good of God to let us know we aren’t walking this life alone? That He is with us and that He has placed others in our lives to be with us as well?

Terri
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Yes!

Debbie
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Thank you for this. We live in a culture where it never seems we are good enough. I have to remind myself daily that I am God’s child and he created me, and he loves me and I am enough. Today I will put on that armor and face my day. God is all I need and because of him I am loved.

Ann
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Joy, I loved this. I can painfully relate to this. I have struggled with depression and negative self-talk for a good bit of my adult life. I have to fight to remind myself of God’s words and promises. I really needed to read this this morning thank you.

WAY-FM
WAY-FM

Ann, praying for you as you address the depression and negative self-talk in your life. A scripture that has been helpful for me is Isaiah 26:3 (Amplified Version), “You will keep in perfect and constant peace the one whose mind is steadfast [that is, committed and focused on You—in both inclination and character], Because he trusts and takes refuge in You [with hope and confident expectation].”

Alwright2
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Life is very complicated at times and sometimes unpleasant. I struggle every day to see the good things since my mind oft sees the bad and tells me bad things. Jesus is my way out but it ain’t always as warm and comforting as a Sunday meal after an uplifting service. Life hits me like a Texas tornado. There are so many things to be sad and anxious about, so why not let it go and pray it up to the Heavens? I love God so much and I cannot do this life without Him!
Thanks for this message, Amanda

AbbyLee2242
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This is so true. I can tell the days that I make it a priority to wake up and have time in His Word & with Him, my days go wayyyy better. Thankful for His protection & provision today & every day!

Dhurata
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We’re studying this exact excerpt for our own little group study. However I do feel disconnected between what’s said in the bible (and explained here by Joy) and me doing exactly what it says. I feel like it’s a lesson from school, you read it and perfect it to get the ‘A’ in class and than it doesn’t hold much value… any of you have ways to push this deeper than just the ‘classroom walls’…

Dori
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There’s an AMAZING bible study on the Armor of God by Priscilla Schrier (I think I spelled that correctly). It will help you through Ephesians 6 verse by verse.

WAY-FM
WAY-FM

I have found that sometimes when I really feel like there’s something I need to learn or glean from a passage that I’ve been studying that the best thing to do is to let it just sit in me and try not to overthink it. Give the passage space and time to enter into your heart and mind and accomplish what God wants it to. Sometimes the lessons we learn from those don’t come until a much later time but God’s word will bear fruit at the perfect time.

Godswarrior63
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Please understand Dear one…God has satan on a leash, not the other way around. Satan can only mess with our minds, he can’t read them. God did not allow him that power. God, & ONLY GOD can read our minds. Then too, it’s not about how u feel. Feelings r irrelevant. It’s all about Jesus & His Word. And if u believe Him; if u trust Him, THAT is what u cling to. FAITH.

Carol
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It isn’t easy. Satan fights every step of the way as he knows the power of God’s Word. Dhurata, may I say it is much more than just knowing it in your mind–like class work. It is something you have to accept by faith and believe in your heart. You might want to pick a couple of verses to memorize and repeat them over and over again–even parts of a verse–for example “If God is for us, who can be against us?” Think about what this small phrase means! The God Who spoke and created the world, the God Who… Read more »
Keri Lynn Siegel
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Joy, I have an overactive mind and get caught up in a narrative of negative self-talk also. Mine is rooted in years of physical, mental, emotional, and verbal abuse from my mom. My ex-husband continued the verbal abuse when we were married. We are divorced now. I coped by always being in a rush and keeping myself excessively busy. I also developed a food addiction; and when I could drive, I took my negative emotions out on my vehicle because I had no other outlet for them— and of course, they’ve got to come out somewhere. Being epileptic, I can… Read more »
WAY-FM
WAY-FM

Keri Lynn, thanks for sharing part of your story with us. We are praying for you and your health!

andrew pickett
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Thank you joy. Amazing testimony and reminder that many people need every day

Sally Patasky
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Sometimes I think I am my own worst enemy! But I remind myself that while I tend to be “all over the place”, God is constant, NEVER changing and it settles me. Joy’s statement of “My heart responds with, “It does not matter if I fail or succeed because I am not defined by what I do, but rather who I am in Christ.” will be my answer today. God’s promises and His faithfulness will sustain me!

Runnerjen815
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Yes. Sometimes I’m too afraid to step up and step out because the enemy makes me feel unworthy. Unworthy as a friend, employee, mom.

Aleigh
Member

You truly spoke to my heart with the negative self talk which I have been experiencing all my life and just come to term about negative self talk over the last couple of years. The enemy works day and night to drag us down and God has given us a way to overcome. What a wonderful reminder of how merciful God is and how he keeps us!

Turtlefrog52
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This was a much needed reminder for my life right now. Insecurities have always been a struggle to me, and for a short while now, I’ve let them lead me. So thank you, Joy, for this. It’s a great reminder and kindly refreshens my mindset.

Moni
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Oh My Goodness!!! WOW!! Thank-you so much for this beautifully put reminder, Ms Joy. I struggle with insecurities every day. It was like this was written just for me. Just this past weekend, I had an incident where I really felt the Lord saying to me that as long as I have breathe, He has a plan for me. That is it, right there. My focus needs to be on Him, what I can do for Him, not on me. Thank-you so much for this reminder. God Bless you!

Kirsten
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The verses you quoted are some of my top favorite verses. I used to deal with constant worry. When I am not taking time to read the bible and pray it creeps in again. God has freed me from my worry and that is what I want so badly for my friends and family. I want them to feel the peace and joy I feel. Held by God, no need to worry. Thank you Joy for this devotion.

Careermom
Member

Wow! God really wanted me to focus on these verses today. This is the second time since I got up this morning that I’ve read them. And it’s only 7:30! Thank you, Joy, for sharing your heart. I struggle with the same negative talk in my head. But God is faithful and ever present. He is all I need, regardless of what the day may bring.

Mark
Member

This is a great message that I should listen to daily. It seems on a daily occurrence I am bombarded with things in my past and how unworthy I am. I know it’s a battle we as Christians must fight everyday of our lives. It is so refreshing to know God’s got our backs and for us to lean on his word to know the truth.

WAY-FM
WAY-FM

Mark, praying that the truths of Christ – his redemption, his forgiveness, his love without borders – will be the stronger voices in your head each day!

amandaazh
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Love the world’s biggest small group and the daily devotionals. I am going through a difficult time right now as I lost my job last Tuesday, and this has really helped me.

WAY-FM
WAY-FM

Amanda, we are so sorry to hear of your job loss. We are praying for you to see the providing hand of God during this time and that a new opportunity will come your way soon!

Jessica lougheed
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I love this passage of scripture! this passage unlock the warrior inside my extremely timid self. I naturally want to analyze and weight each situation that comes my way instead of prayerfuly consider each situation. thanks so much for sharing!

samantha marks
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All my life I have been my worst enemy..Listening to my own thoughts of self worrhlessness..over weight..depressed.. never good enough state of mind.Several years ago I gave my life to Christ but lately I falling by the wayside..I know I can do better I know I want to do better and be better..I truly needed this lesson this morning.

Stephanie Kopsa
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I have to remind myself daily. For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. I am a child of the most high God!

jmac616
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I know the devil tempts me/us everyday and with that I know that God has given me/us the “armor” to stand up to him. Prayer is such a powerful and peaceful part of our lives. Thank you for this wonderful passage, as soon as I got done reading this my wife sent me a text asking if she could leave work because she is having a difficult time with her new job. She left a great job for me to take a new job and she is stuck at a location that is not very friendly and welcoming. I got… Read more »
Missy P
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Joy,

Thank you for the encouragement as I am battling with some issues right now. This is confirmation that I am on the right track.

Blessings.

Susan413
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My struggle is the despondency in grief. Having lost so many family members to cancer and heart-related problems I have to keep reminding myself of (John 14:1-3) about not letting our hearts be troubled. And when I fall with my cross/crosses- prayer and scripture is what gets me back up! It also helps when I think of Jesus resisting temptation through scripture. Should we not be doing the same?

WAY-FM
WAY-FM

Susan, praying for you as you find yourself having to adjust to life on earth without the physical presence of your loved ones. Grief is so hard and such a winding journey. May you experience the peace of God daily.

ktekulve1
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🙂 Amen!!

Bcliftonatc
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I started the hardest move I have made to date last Friday from my late Mom’s house to one I will be renting. This was a very timely read. I was attacked by our enemy on many fronts. I have been through a lot of bad “stuff” and it as been hard to stay focused on God. This small group has helped lately.

Gloria
Member

Thank you Joy for sharing that. I needed that reminder of starting out my day with quiet time.

aarussell
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I read those words and they have been the focal point of the pat 30 days for me: “My heart responds with, ‘It does not matter if I fail or succeed because I am not defined by what I do, but rather who I am in Christ.”’. I have been struggling with what is going on with me, and I feel the sacred whisper of God that I am never good enough, but because of the power of Christ I am a new person and have freedom to serve the true King. I have recently read the book THE FREEDOM… Read more »
Terri
Member

Thank you. I will check this book out.

Kristina
Member

This is exactly what I needed to hear today. I have been dealing with negative self talk for a while now.

WAY-FM
WAY-FM

Kristina, praying for you! That you would hear only the truth and your ears (spiritual and otherwise) would block out the lies.

tpugh
Member

Thank you for the constant reminder that we fight not against flesh and blood but against satan and all his principalities. To keep reminding yourself of this will cause so much less desintegration of families and relationships. Realize who is behind the attack and renew your mind not to let it have the power it is striving for.

Bettinaz
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An issue I struggle with is truth. I have been experiencing times when what I discover is deemed truth in does not line up with what my husband believes he has found to be truthful. We may both read the same scripture but many times we both see different truths. Our own interpretation can not always be trusted. This is a challenge I find I need to overcome.

Judith Horton-Holm
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We must always be aware that we are in a great fight between good and evil. The devil is about the world seeking our ruin. The song that is relevant to me is —-Precious Lord take my Hand. it is the song that Martin Luther King requested just b4 he was killed. I must always remember the Lord is always ready to take my hand and lead me thru the darkness

Drea_ja
Member
I’ve learned that it is not “one and done” but it is a daily, moment by moment battle. The devil doesn’t take any days off nor should we, or we become vulnerable! Our minds will give us many excuses why we shouldn’t e.g. pray, wake up and fellowship with the Lord and if we go by our feelings, we will stand in agreement with the devil. But, the devil is a liar and he is the accuser of the brethen…so we have to get up, suit up and fight, every day! Let us stand with the King of Kings and… Read more »
Alileffall96
Member

I love this so much! Thank you Joy!

SaddlerZone
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I have been in a place of darkness, even while being a Christian because I have had a hard time forgiving myself of all my shortcomings and bad ideas as a mother, wife and person. Reading Joy’s testament and the scriptures provided today helps me to remember that not only are my sins forgiven but, I am covered by God’s holy power all around. So, even when I don’t reach the “mark”, even when I don’t have all the answers, and especially when I am weak; God is right there! In my weakness He shows himself mighty and strong. I… Read more »
Denise.ml
Member

Love how you spell out ” the armor” available to each of us. I had forgotten all that God has made available to us each and everyday as we try to walk in his way. Reading about what the armor consists of is amazing! I only now realized HOW MUCH God gives me as I walk through each day. Thanks for the message.

skyla
Member

Thank you for this… It helps me a lot. There are a lot of days when I wake up and think “why even try?” but then I remind myself that I do it to bring someone closer to God. It’s the little things that matter the most and it’s a struggle to be nice to everyone and love like Jesus and stay away from sin… but we are not alone God is with us cheering us on and He is there when we fall short to lean on Him.

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