• Julie Busler

A Mind That Leads to Life

There have been days in the past where an imbalance in my brain opened the door for the enemy to tempt me. I was an easy target. I was a fatigued, despairing Christian who had let her faith waver and whose Bible was on the verge of becoming dusty. The pain was paralyzing and the darkness that oftentimes strapped me to the bed in defeat felt invincible. I was being dominated by the sinful nature because my inner life was consumed by sinful things. I was allowing the enemy to use the weakness of my brain to his advantage - the sinful nature was controlling my mind which leads to death. When an imbalance in the brain is met with intrusive thoughts and temptation from the enemy, savoring dark thoughts and giving into unbelief almost naturally occurs.

“Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit. So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.” Romans‬ ‭8:5-6‬ ‭

But that’s not who I was. I was not living, thinking, acting, or believing like a follower of Christ and a beloved daughter of God.

𝐈 𝐰𝐚𝐬 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐰𝐚𝐥𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐢𝐧 𝐦𝐲 𝐭𝐫𝐮𝐞 𝐢𝐝𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐭𝐲. I was not letting the Spirit control my mind which leads to life and peace.

As I started waking up early and meeting with God in the pages of His Word, what controlled my mind started to change. I did it one day...and then the next...and before I knew it, a lifestyle change of living in God’s nourishing Word had occurred. The outcome was a secure daughter of God, learning afresh how to live in her blood-bought identity. 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐢𝐜𝐤𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐬 𝐢𝐧 𝐦𝐲 𝐛𝐫𝐚𝐢𝐧 𝐝𝐢𝐝 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐯𝐞, 𝐛𝐮𝐭 𝐚𝐬 𝐝𝐨𝐜𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐬 𝐭𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐩𝐡𝐲𝐬𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐥, 𝐆𝐨𝐝 𝐡𝐞𝐚𝐥𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐩𝐢𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐮𝐚𝐥. The outcome of those early days of being trained to read the Bible again has been freedom. The hard work is worth it.

When Jesus died, he eventually resurrected. The sheets wrapped around his dead body in the tomb could not hold him down as supernatural power raised Him from the dead and death was defeated. That same power that raised Him from the dead has also broken the hold of death on my mind, body, spirit, and soul. The hold of the sheets that once held me captive to a bed in despair have been rendered powerless. Yes, temptation still comes and goes, but “...God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.” 1 Corinthians‬ ‭10:13‬

Let’s wake up, get up, and choose LIFE today. We are more than conquerors in Christ Jesus!

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