This year, one of my most frequent prayers has been, “Lord, I want to be in full agreement with You. Whatever You believe, I want to believe. Anything in me that isn’t in agreement with You, cut it off Lord.”
Pretty sure I immediately heard Him pull out the pruning shears like whoa.
I’ve slowly become aware of some mindsets that don’t line up with the Word. I just wasn’t sure what to do about it.
Thankfully, I was reminded of a fantastic book that I read in high school: The Battlefield of the Mind by Joyce Meyer. It’s a bestseller, with more than 3 million copies sold worldwide. And it’s available at the local library (winner!).
This non-fiction book takes a bold stand on becoming aware of our thoughts, habits, and deep-rooted mindsets while also offering practical steps on how to align ourselves with God’s Word.
Seriously, this book is no joke. If you’ve never read anything by Joyce Meyer before, she is incredibly clear and to the point. She has a very simple writing style that is powerful.
The book is divided into three main sections:
Part 1: The Importance of the Mind
Here she walks us through how to think about what we’re thinking about. This is crucial! Once we realize that our words, actions, and habits are all just fruit of what we think and believe, we can really start to examine what our thought life is like.
Part 2: Conditions of the Mind
This section really convicted me. She covers 6 main pitfalls that people struggle with, ranging from “A Wondering, Wondering Mind,” to “A Confused Mind,” to “A Doubtful and Unbelieving Mind,” to “An Anxious and Worried Mind,” to “A Judgmental, Critical, and Suspicious Mind,” and finally to “A Passive Mind.” I felt like I needed help with all 6 areas. She also lays out very specifically what the mind of Christ looks like.
Part 3: Wilderness Mentalities
This last section dives into 10 mentalities that will keep us from changing, just like the children of Israel had wandering in the desert for 40 years, and how to overcome them.
While I originally borrowed this book from the library, I will be purchasing it. I’ve thought multiple times while reading this book: “I need to read this every year!”
“You can suffer the pain of change or suffer remaining the way you are.” - Joyce Meyer
The importance of our thought-life floors me. It’s truly like the rudder to a ship - it has the power to change the direction of our lives. If we can get ahold of the Word and let it change our thinking, it can affect our future, the future of those we are in relationship with, and future generations. We really are meant to enjoy this life, but some of these sneaky mindsets keep us from doing so.
“You cannot have a positive life and a negative mind.” - Joyce Meyer
One thing I really appreciate about this book is how frequently she quotes the Word. On average, I would say she references around two verses per page. The Word is what really has the power to change us.
“God alone can water a thirsty soul. Don't be deceived into thinking that anything else can satisfy you fully and completely.” - Joyce Meyer
She is also fantastic at telling stories. Some of them are pretty personal about her own marriage and children, detailing ways that she’s missed it, which makes it easy to relate to her journey.
If you aren’t familiar with Joyce Meyer, she has an incredible testimony. She was raised in a home of horrific abuse, and struggled with all of the mindsets that came along with that. Over time, as she submitted to the Word, she has become a completely different person. Now, she has a thriving teaching ministry and has written over 70 books.
One of my favorite quotes from the book comes from the chapter on taking responsibility for ourselves instead of shifting the blame to circumstances or other people. She really captures how difficult it can be to change:
“I don’t think there is anything more emotionally painful than facing the truth about ourselves and our behavior. Because it is painful, most people run from it. It is fairly easy to face the truth about someone else - but when it comes to facing ourselves, we find it much harder to handle.”
Because of this fact, it took me 3-4 months to get through this book. It was a painful process because I have a lot to work on! But I’ve already noticed a change in my thinking because I’ve applied the Word, and the Lord is gracious to make all things new.
If you could use a mindset makeover, definitely check out this book. I would suggest you give yourself plenty of time and take it slowly. While the message is clear and simple, it requires quite a bit of honest self-evaluation, which shouldn’t be rushed.
If you are serious about taking charge of your thought-life, another book on this topic that I've heard wonderful things about is "The Supernatural Power of a Transformed Mind" by Bill Johnson. It's on my "To-Read" list!
How's your thought life? What areas could use some tune-ups? What practical steps can you take to think about what you're thinking about?