The battlefield of the mind.
By Isaiah-Phillips Akintola
A brief background of the material
Please note, this material has been put together to help members of Christ’s body globally understand the nature of the current psychological warfare against her. And to also position her with a clear spiritual insight, mental and emotional (sound) discipline mind in engaging the enemy.
This material does not cover all spheres of spiritual warfare but seeks to highlight the role the various faculties of the human soul play in determining and shaping perspectives, habits, and behaviors.
There are multilayered complex social and spiritual issues across communities that is obviously clear that humanistic psychology, as seemly necessary as they are, and of course, the mainstream religious paradigm, is not capable of resolving human challenges.
Some key answers to these challenges are a clear insight into the anatomy of the human soul. While the footing of this material is purely biblical, I have also taken the privilege of drawing from my own personal life, and the experience of others I have had the privilege of observing through the years of being in the ministry.
The note will be divided into several parts that will be spread across weeks of posting in order to help individuals follow step by step the building up of their capacity until the full required statue is reached, in terms of being able to stand firm against the devious schemes of the enemy. And if the material is in any way, I would appreciate your feedback or comments. The Lord is building his church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail over her.
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, of love, and of a sound mind.” II Timothy 1:7 NKJV
Without doubt, the state or condition of the mind of every member of the body of Christ in this epic season will play a crucial role in shaping the direction of the next kingdom frontier. We are in a season where the spirit of insecurity and fear are becoming some of the deadliest arsenals in crippling the courage, passion, motivation and drives of those being called into the reality of present prophetic kingdom advancement.
“Now therefore, proclaim in the hearing of the people, saying, ‘Whoever is fearful and afraid, let him turn and depart at once from Mount Gilead.’ ” And twenty-two thousand of the people returned, and ten thousand remained.” Judges 7:3 NKJV
The current condition of humanity proves that the battle before us can only be won by those who have come into a matured revelational reality of what is referred to as a sound mind. Guarding the loins of our minds with the belt of truth is one of the most effective weaponries in facing the assault of the present darkness.
How we face and process the sociocultural and religious attacks against the Church of the Lord globally will be highly determined by the quality of the state of the mind of each member of the body of Christ. Soundness of mind, which can also be referred to as a well-balanced, disciplined and productive frame of thought, is one of the key areas the church of the Lord needs to work on if we are going to win the battle of the days ahead.
The body of Christ has in the past focused heavily on the state of the spirit in spiritual warfare. We, however, need to understand that we cannot have all round victory over the activity of darkness without securing total victory in the arena of our mental faculty.
Those who understand the philosophy of war also clearly understand the impact they have on the human mind. In fact, one of the essences of war is to create fear and forceful submission to stronger power. Wars are first fought and won in the mental faculty, before boots are deployed on the ground. From the advent of time, human battles have been designed to be a powerful tool in altering and reshaping the identity and architectural landscape of nations and societies. The economy and sociocultural architecture of most societies today have been undoubtedly shaped by the imprint of fear, designed in the times of war.
A good example of this statement is the story of most colonized regions of the world, but Africa. Poverty and fear are one of the enemy’s strongest arsenals in controlling and manipulating the image and identity of an entire region or even continent. It is said there cannot be political freedom if there is no economic freedom. This statement is so true. However, freedom is seldom given by captors; they must be taken by those ready to fight.
This means that something must happen within the psych of individuals and the corporate community to want to be free from the strongholds that keep them imprisoned. Make no mistake, the church is in the middle of an epic battle that challenges every strand of truth she has ever believed and accepted. Unfortunately, today’s church is losing the war due to the wrong frame of thought and weaponry we have deployed in the battlefield.
MY MOTIVATION ON THIS SUBJECT
Sometimes back, the Lord began to draw my attention to the subject matter of the battle of the soul as it relates to 1). Seeking to understand the pathway to the complete restoration of all aspect of the human life and its fallen faculties.
2). To highlight the impact of emotional and psychological damage the unregenerated soul creates under the influence of false identity, religious ideology, insecurity, and self-interest within the body of Christ and society in general.
3). To try to understand the creative potential and sheared capacity the regenerated soul can produce when it’s properly aligned and restored to its divine moral position of functionality under the guidance of the ministry of the Holy Spirit and the living word of God.
I guess the way the Lord related this subject to me is a clear indication that the church and the nations have entered the last frontier of spiritual warfare, as the reality of the coming of the reign of Christ glorious kingdom becomes more imminent.
As the Spirit of the Lord began to unfold these words into my heart, it’s as if i have never had or studied anything related to the subject of the soul before. It’s amazing to realize the enormous demonstration of governmental power and authority Sons of God are about to manifest on behalf of the kingdom of God, as the subject of the soul’s restoration takes precedence.
However, they will only become reality when we start giving hid to the current demand of the Spirit, which is to close all gaps of division and segregation within us across the entire body of Christ. Whatever the Church assumed regarding the condition of the soul as it relates to the works of human character personality needs to be properly reexamined in the context of the present illuminating light coming from the throne of grace.
The subjection of the unregenerated human thought pattern and the process of the transformed mind have been fascinating to me. Ever since I discovered that one’s initial confession of Christ as his Savior does not automatically address the whole issue of the corrupt and degenerated state of the soul’s faculty.
To be continued…