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Battlefield of the Mind Psalms and Proverbs
By Joyce Meyer
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A perfect gift for yourself or someone you love, this gorgeously packaged book includes the poetic wisdom of Proverbs and Psalms. It will offer comfort and peace through the power of Scripture, along with new and existing insights drawn from #1 New York Times bestselling author Joyce Meyer’s most popular teaching topic “Battlefield of the Mind.” Readers will be inspired and empowered to change their thoughts and their lives.
A Personal Word from Joyce Meyer
Everything in life—the decisions we make, the words we speak, and the actions we take—begins in the mind. Before we say or do anything, we think about it. The fact that our thoughts are so powerful and wield so much influence over every area of our lives is why the enemy, Satan, attacks our minds so often and so strategically.
No matter what the enemy does, he is a defeated foe. Jesus has won the victory over him, and He wants us to enjoy the victorious life He died to give us. To enforce the victory Jesus wants us to have, we need to know how to recognize and resist the enemy's attempts to use our thoughts against us.
I developed the Battlefield of the Mind Bible, from which this special Battlefield of the Mind Psalms and Proverbs edition is taken, because I have learned from personal experience that the only way to win the battle of the mind is with the Word of God. The enemy tries to influence us by telling us lies, but we can combat his tactics and overcome him with the Truth. While throughout all of God's Word, from Genesis to Revelation, we find verses and passages of Scripture that offer the insights and instruction we need to think godly thoughts, Psalms and Proverbs have throughout biblical history held a special place in the heart of believers. I like to think of these two books as the "Book of Worship" and the "Book of Wisdom." Thus together they can be thought of as speaking to the "whole" man, his emotions and his mind. I have written various types of notes and commentary on these passages to help you understand what they mean, so you can use them to win the battle Satan tries to wage against your thoughts.
Those notes include:
Psalms and Proverbs both open with a book introduction summarizing how the book pertains to winning the battle of the mind. The introductions also include "Winning Thoughts" from each book, which are important points based on specific verses in the book. The introductions also include "Verses for Victory" from each book, which call your attention to specific verses or passages that are vital to developing a triumphant mind-set.
"WINNING THE BATTLES OF THE MIND" ARTICLES
Each individually titled "Winning the Battles of the Mind" article is a full page that represents my core teachings on the battlefield of the mind, the power of thoughts and words, and the importance of aligning mind-sets with God's Word. These inspiring articles are designed to not only help readers recognize and fight the battles of the mind, but to help them win. Each article closes with "A Prayer for Victory" that you can pray for yourself. You can use them to confirm your faith and affirm your trust in God, or ask for His help in specific ways as you move toward winning the battles of your thought life.
"KEYS TO A VICTORIOUS LIFE" ARTICLES
There are many keys to a life of victory in your mind. These Scripture-based articles are intended to help you recognize, understand, and apply those keys. They also explain the keys to overcoming mental challenges or conflicts and will help you think and speak according to God's Word.
PowerPoints are brief but powerful comments tied to specific Bible verses or biblical principles that provide insight into how to think, speak, or live in order to think as God would have you think and be victorious in your thoughts.
"SPEAK GOD'S WORD" ENTRIES
Scripture confessions designed to teach you how to confess God's Word for yourself—one of the most powerful things you can do as a believer! These confessions will help you train your mind to successfully recognize and resist the enemy when he comes against your mind.
"A PRAYER TO RENEW YOUR MIND" ENTRIES
Anytime you see "A Prayer To Renew Your Mind," you can pray the specific Scripture verse or verses to which it is connected. Praying God's Word not only renews your thinking and helps establish the Word in your thoughts, it is also a highly effective way to pray.
HOW TO HAVE A REAL RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS
The most important relationship in anyone's life is a genuine, personal relationship with Jesus Christ. At the end of this Book, you'll find a page that will lead you into this life-changing relationship with Him.
I pray that
Battlefield of the Mind: Psalms and Proverbs will become a valuable resource in your spiritual life, one that serves as a mighty weapon to help you win the battle of the mind.
Author: | David, Asaph, the sons of Korah, Moses, and others
Date: | 1000 BC–300 BC
The book of Psalms includes many verses on the mind, particularly verses that call us to remember or know or understand something about God or about ourselves. The words remember, know, and understand all pertain to the mind.
The Psalms are also full of insights on winning the battle of the mind and scriptures you can confess to defeat the enemy. The writers of the Psalms often expressed their thoughts and feelings—positive or negative—to the Lord. Whenever they struggled with negative thoughts though, they eventually remembered God's goodness and faithfulness and ended up with a positive mind-set.
When you wrestle with wrong thoughts or emotions, let me encourage you to allow the Psalms to restore your hope and strengthen your faith and confidence in God.
WINNING THOUGHTS FROM PSALMS:
When you cry for help, the Lord hears (see Psalm 34:17).
When the enemy tries to oppress your mind with negative or discouraging thoughts, one way to overcome him is to praise God (see Psalm 42:5).
God will always help you in times of trouble (see Psalm 46:1).
God knows you thoroughly. He is aware of your every thought before you think it and of your every word before you speak it (see Psalm 139:1–4).
VERSES FOR VICTORY FROM PSALMS:
As for God, His way is blameless. The word of the LORD is tested [it is perfect, it is faultless]; He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him. | Psalm 18:30
Trust [rely on and have confidence] in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and feed [securely] on His faithfulness. | Psalm 37:3
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will remain secure and rest in the shadow of the Almighty [whose power no enemy can withstand]. | Psalm 91:1
I will bow down [in worship] toward Your holy temple and give thanks to Your name for Your lovingkindness and Your truth; for You have magnified Your word together with Your name. | Psalm 138:2
The following expressions occur often in the Psalms: Selah may mean Pause, Crescendo or Musical Interlude; Maskil possibly, Contemplative, or Didactic, or Skillful Psalm; Mikhtam possibly, Epigrammatic Poem, or Atonement Psalm; Sheol the nether world.
The Righteous and the Wicked Contrasted.
3And he will be like a tree firmly planted [and fed] by streams of water,
Which yields its fruit in its season;
Its leaf does not wither;
And in whatever he does, he prospers [and comes to maturity]. [Jer 17:7, 8]
4The wicked [those who live in disobedience to God's law] are not so,
But they are like the chaff [worthless and without substance] which the wind blows away.
Speak God's Word
I am like a tree firmly planted and fed by streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season; its leaf does not wither; and in whatever I do, I prosper and come to maturity.
| adapted from PSALM 1:3 |
5Therefore the wicked will not stand [unpunished] in the judgment,
Nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.
6For the LORD knows and fully approves the way of the righteous,
But the way of the wicked shall perish.
The Reign of the LORD's Anointed.
1WHY ARE the nations in an uproar [in turmoil against God],
And why do the people devise a vain and hopeless plot?
2The kings of the earth take their stand;
And the rulers take counsel together
Against the LORD and His Anointed (the Davidic King, the Messiah, the Christ), saying, [Acts 4:25–27]
3"Let us break apart their [divine] bands [of restraint]
And cast away their cords [of control] from us."
4He who sits [enthroned] in the heavens laughs [at their rebellion];
The [Sovereign] Lord scoffs at them [and in supreme contempt He mocks them].
5Then He will speak to them in His [profound] anger
And terrify them with His displeasure, saying,
6"Yet as for Me, I have anointed and firmly installed My King
Upon Zion, My holy mountain."
7"I will declare the decree of the LORD:
He said to Me, 'You are My Son;
WINNING THE BATTLES of the MIND
What Goes In Comes Out
In the early days of computers, people said, "Garbage in, garbage out." That was a way of explaining that the computer only worked with the data put into it. If we wanted different results, we needed to put in different information. Most people understand that concept, but when it comes to their minds, many don't seem to get it.
If you are going to win the battle of the mind, where you focus your attention is crucial. The more you meditate on God's Word, the stronger you'll become and the more easily you'll win the victories you desire.
There is a difference between meditating on the Bible and reading the Bible. Some people like to think that whenever they read God's Word, they're absorbing the deep things of God, but often they have little idea of what they've read when they finish. Those who meditate on God's Word are those who think—and think seriously—about what they're reading. They're saying, in effect, "God, speak to me. As I ponder Your Word, reveal its depth to me."
The psalmist made it quite clear that meditating on and thinking about God's Word bring results. "But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on His law [His precepts and teachings] he [habitually] meditates day and night. And he will be like a tree firmly planted [and fed] by streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season; its leaf does not wither; and in whatever he does, he prospers [and comes to maturity]" (Ps. 1:2–3).
As you ponder who God is and what He's saying to you, you'll grow. It's really that simple. If you read about and allow your mind to focus on God's love and power, that's what will operate in you. If you think about loving others, that is what you will end up doing, but if you think only about how others have hurt you and what people should be doing for you, then you will be self-focused.
Sadly, some Christians don't put much effort into studying the Word. They hear others teach and preach, and they may listen to online sermons and read the Bible occasionally, but they're not dedicated to making God's Word a major and regular part of their lives.
Be careful what you think about. The more you think about Jesus Christ and the principles He taught, the more you become like Jesus and the stronger you grow. And as you grow, you're winning the battles in your mind.
A PRAYER FOR VICTORY
Lord God, help me to think about the things that honor You. Make me hungry for more of You and teach me to meditate and focus on Your Word more and more. In Jesus' name. Amen.
KEYS to a Victorious Life
Think About God's Word
The Word of God teaches us what we should spend our time thinking about. The psalmist said he thought about or meditated on the "precepts" of God (see Ps. 119:15). That means he spent a lot of time pondering and thinking on the ways of God, His goodness, His instructions. I recommend that you spend time daily just thinking about God, how amazing He is and all the wonderful things He has promised in His Word.
It is very beneficial to think about God's Word because it reveals His will and His amazing plan for His children. The more you think about it, the easier it will be for you to do it. It is also a proven fact that when we think about good things, our joy and peace increase, but when we think about vain or useless things, we become frustrated and dissatisfied.
This day [I proclaim] I have begotten You. [2 Sam 7:14; Heb 1:5; 3:5, 6; 2 Pet 1:17, 18]
8'Ask of Me, and I will assuredly give [You] the nations as Your inheritance,
And the ends of the earth as Your possession.
9'You shall break them with a rod of iron;
You shall shatter them [in pieces] like earthenware.'" [Rev 12:5; 19:15]
In Psalm 2:7, the psalmist wrote that he would "declare the decree of the LORD." The written Word of God is His formal decree. When we declare God's Word out of our mouths, with hearts full of faith, those faith-filled words go forth to establish God's order and plan in our lives. It is very important to learn that words contain the power of life and death (see Prov. 18:21).
10Now therefore, O kings, act wisely;
Be instructed and take warning, O leaders (judges, rulers) of the earth.
11Worship the LORD and serve Him with reverence [with awe-inspired fear and submissive wonder];
Rejoice [yet do so] with trembling.
12Kiss (pay respect to) the Son, so that He does not become angry, and you perish in the way,
For His wrath may soon be kindled and set aflame.
How blessed [fortunate, prosperous, and favored by God] are all those who take refuge in Him!
Morning Prayer of Trust in God.
A Psalm of David. When he fled from Absalom his son.
1O LORD, how my enemies have increased!
Many are rising up against me.
2Many are saying of me,
"There is no help [no salvation] for him in God."
3But You, O LORD, are a shield for me,
A Prayer To Renew Your Mind
Lord, You are a shield for me, my glory and my honor, and the One who lifts my head. When I cry to You, You will answer me from Your holy mountain.
• adapted from Psalm 3:3–4
My glory [and my honor], and the One who lifts my head.
4With my voice I was crying to the LORD,
And He answered me from His holy mountain.
5I lay down and slept [safely];
I awakened, for the LORD sustains me.
6I will not be intimidated or afraid of the ten thousands
Who have set themselves against me all around.
7Arise, O LORD; save me, O my God!
For You have struck all my enemies on the cheek;
You have shattered the teeth of the wicked.
8Salvation belongs to the LORD;
May Your blessing be upon Your people.
Evening Prayer of Trust in God.
To the Chief Musician; on stringed instruments. A Psalm of David.
1ANSWER ME when I call, O God of my righteousness!
You have freed me when I was hemmed in and relieved me when I was in distress;
Be gracious to me and hear [and respond to] my prayer.
2O sons of men, how long will my honor and glory be [turned into] shame?
How long will you [my enemies] love worthless (vain, futile) things and seek deception and lies?
3But know that the LORD has set apart for Himself [and dealt wonderfully with] the godly man [the one of honorable character and moral courage—the one who does right].
The LORD hears and responds when I call to Him.
4Tremble [with anger or fear], and do not sin;
Meditate in your heart upon your bed and be still [reflect on your sin and repent of your rebellion]. [Eph 4:26]
5Offer righteous sacrifices;
Trust [confidently] in the LORD.
6Many are saying, "Oh, that we might see some good!"
Lift up the light of Your face upon us, O LORD.
7You have put joy in my heart,
More than [others know] when their wheat and new wine have yielded abundantly.
8In peace [and with a tranquil heart] I will both lie down and sleep,
For You alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety and confident trust.
Many people say they cannot sleep at night because they can't get their minds to settle down. But Psalm 4:8 says, "In peace [and with a tranquil heart] I will both lie down and sleep." When we use our mind to reason our way through a situation to figure out what to do, we rotate our mind around and around an issue until we become worn-out and confused. We can experience peace of mind and heart when we trust in God, not in our human insight and understanding. You and I can grow to the place where we are satisfied to know the One Who knows, even if we ourselves do not know.
WINNING THE BATTLES of the MIND
The Bible includes many names of God. In Psalm 4:1, David calls Him the "God of my righteousness." We find the concept of righteousness mentioned throughout the Word of God, and it's important for us to understand it.
There are two kinds of righteousness. The first kind is righteousness through right behavior; this is the one we are most familiar with. We struggle through life trying to do what is expected of us, and what society tells us is right. If we have faith in God, we also struggle trying to please Him by obeying all His commands. Most of us feel we never succeed or measure up to the standard that has been set. Those feelings of failure and being wrong or inadequate lead to guilt and condemnation, which press us down in life and cause us to live beneath the privileges we have as children of God. We spend our lives trying to get something that God's Word says we can have freely as a gift of God's grace through faith. I like to say it is like trying to get into a chair we are already seated in.
The second kind of righteousness available to us is God's righteousness. It is His gift to us at the time we receive Jesus Christ as our Savior. It comes by grace through faith. Since it is a free gift, we cannot earn it, deserve it, or pay for it. The gift of righteousness God gives us has already been paid for through the suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus.
In this kind of righteousness, God takes our sin and gives us His righteousness, and by an act of His love and mercy, He views us as having right standing with Him through faith (see 2 Cor. 5:21). This is the great exchange! God takes our sins, puts them on Jesus, and gives us His righteousness. Someone had to pay the price for sin, and we could not. So God sent Jesus to be our substitute and pay our sin debt in full. God is the God of our righteousness, the One who sees us as righteous not because of anything we have ever done, but because of what Jesus has done for us.
Once we know we have been made right with God through faith in Jesus, the knowledge of His love and what He has done for us causes us to "want" to do what is right, and we are then doing it for the right reason. We do what is right because He loves us, and not to get Him to love us, because His love is a free gift.
A PRAYER FOR VICTORY
God of my righteousness, thank You for sending Jesus to suffer and die for my sins so I do not have to struggle to try to please You. Help me to live with a constant awareness that You see me as righteous because of Him. In His name. Amen.
Prayer for Protection from the Wicked.
To the Chief Musician; on wind instruments. A Psalm of David.
1LISTEN TO my words, O LORD,
Consider my groaning and sighing.
2Heed the sound of my cry for help, my King and my God,
For to You I pray.
3In the morning, O LORD, You will hear my voice;
In the morning I will prepare [a prayer and a sacrifice] for You and watch and wait [for You to speak to my heart].
4For You are not a God who takes pleasure in wickedness;
No evil [person] dwells with You.
5The boastful and the arrogant will not stand in Your sight;
You hate all who do evil.
6You destroy those who tell lies;
The LORD detests and rejects the bloodthirsty and deceitful man.
7But as for me, I will enter Your house through the abundance of Your steadfast love and tender mercy;
At Your holy temple I will bow [obediently] in reverence for You.
8O LORD, lead me in Your righteousness because of my enemies;
Make Your way straight (direct, right) before me.
9For there is nothing trustworthy or reliable or truthful in what they say;
Their heart is destruction [just a treacherous chasm, a yawning gulf of lies].
Their throat is an open grave;
- On Sale
- Mar 7, 2017
- Page Count
- 240 pages