When I think about transformation, I instantly think of make-up, weight loss, all the ways the world views transformation – supernaturally popping out of your business suit into a Superman outfit and body….you get the drift. But the beauty of the way our Lord transforms us is truly a miracle.
Talia and I have been teaching a Bible Study every Saturday morning for several weeks on the “Battlefield of the Mind.” Oh, isn’t that the truth? Do any of you need a mind transformation? Do you spend time obsessing on situations in your life, on the things people need to do to change, on all that is wrong in your past or your present? Please don’t think I’m preaching – the last six months have possibly been the hardest six months I have ever walked through – including my divorce. I have had a situation in my life that was out of control, was wrecking people and harming their Christian walk. I have had to pray like I’ve never prayed, that God would fix this, that God would show up and convict, that this situation would not have to be exposed and people hurt by the exposure.
I will admit, after six months of praying and fasting and begging and pleading, God did not do what I asked Him to do, and the situation blew up in the way I most feared in all those months of praying. Did God not hear me? Did He not care? Oh, no, I’m sure He heard me – there were too many hours of pleading and begging from myself and others – He heard. The answer was just not the way I envisioned Him dealing with it.
I say all this to say that my own mind has been in turmoil, in angst, in frustration, and I have had to literally teach myself again and again the lessons in this Battlefield of the Mind book. Someone this week told me they had gone to sleep reading (for the third time) the chapter about judgment with a flashlight in the night so they could settle their mind down and stop with the “Why didn’t this happen, why was this done, where were you, God, what in the world,” blah, blah, blah. Our mind can literally destroy our life – you know that, don’t you? It all starts in our head. What we believe and think in our mind is what we do and say and how we act and react.
But truly, with Christ, it all begins in the heart and soul. It is when we lay ourselves down, invite Christ to begin “running” our life, that our adventure begins. That’s not to say that habits that are lifelong in our life are easy to instantly turn around. That’s not to say that situations that aren’t godly and aren’t uplifting will not occur in our lives, and we will need to try to corral those thoughts and those ways of thinking that we used to do. I have learned much from this book, but the biggest thing is that it is a choice – a DELIBERATE choice that we make of how to think and what we let reside inside our head. It’s like making the choice to eliminate a friend that does nothing but gossip or talk negative, and you just don’t want to be around that all the time.
What if the negative is coming from inside your own mind? You have to eliminate it. How? Begin by praising, by being grateful, by admitting that this is a fault and you want God to change it, by stopping obsessing and putting your feet to action on behalf of someone else. I have been privileged to pray with several women lately who are facing cancer and serious, serious health issues – and when praying for them, the situation I have been dealing with pales in comparison – it has no value! None! So why would I waste my precious time on it? Because the devil wants me to. He wants me to stay torn up, to use my energy agonizing over what I cannot change, to give him a foothold in my life – and through me, in other’s lives. I’m done with it – I am making a public declaration that this situation is no longer going to occupy my mind, it is no longer going to worry me, make me cry, make me lose sleep, I am moving forward – because my God is a transformer, and He needs me to help do His work, to invite people to Him, to live my life in such a way that others see there is a power to be had in Jesus. Praise His name – He is worthy, He deserves my praise, and I will never let the rocks cry out on my behalf because I did not give Him what He is due!
My name is Teresa Evans. I am a wife to Tom, a retired Circuit Judge, and I am a court reporter by trade, a mother by God's grace and a lover of Jesus Christ. I've grown up in a family blessed with many miracles, and have received multiple miracles myself.