As we talked on the phone, I asked him again why it was that he had left, and he told me more of the story.
“You talked so many times about 2 Corinthians 10,” he said, “pulling down imaginations that rise up against the knowledge of Christ, and you wrote about it, you talked about it, how ‘God is not going to do it for you, you have to do it, and your mind is the battle ground.’ ”
Then he told me how he had become consumed with thoughts about his future, worrying about his security and the future of his children. Many of his friends and relatives started pressuring him about those same things, and his worry got reinforced. He told me how his wife did everything she could to pray for him and challenge him to trust God, but in the end, she gave up.
“Now, looking back,” he said, “I have no doubt what it was—I lost the battle in my mind. And I should not have done it.”
Of course, he is still following the Lord, and God is with him. But the encounter felt like another reminder from the Lord, how amid struggles and battles, my mind can start dwelling on what it should not. The enemy can be so crafty to plant thoughts in our minds, and it is so important for us to ask ourselves, “Why am I thinking like this? Why am I doing this?” And you may find there are roots of bitterness, anger, fear, worry or unforgiveness that need to be dealt with. It is so important for us to keep our hearts and our minds clean before the Lord.
My friend, let us commit afresh to praying for ourselves and for one another as we continue the journey into another year, that the Lord would help our thoughts remain fixed on Him always.