Reading several different Psalms this past week, I became caught up in how David kept asking God to destroy his enemies. Beyond that, he went into detail of how he wished the Lord would humiliate and slaughter them. It blew my mind a little how violent these words were, but as usual something profound came out of this reading.
The biggest enemy we have is right between our ears!
Maybe we have had times where we uttered those violent words to ask God to remove our "stinking thinking", you know- those enemies of thought that take us away from the path of God's will. How we struggle mightily with some things and have to get angry with ourselves to get to a point of wanting to destroy those thoughts.
It is the difference between using and not using, the difference from making a huge mistake and winning a spiritual battle, in three simple words it is The Mind Game. Not some PS4 mega game, this is reality, there is a spiritual war going on in our heads and the good news is that if we recognize this, if we struggle with this, we are taking the first step toward a victory. That's why reading a struggle in a Psalm can help us understand how David constantly called on God to help, even though he was a mighty warrior, he was a flawed human being just like us.
The mind game is not won through our skill and acumen, it is won by one who can take our controller and whip through the buttons of forward, reverse, play and stop with the greatest of ease because he knows what we need to win. In other words, take our mind off how we can do it and put it on asking Him for help.
There is no weakness in seeing our weakness and calling it out. If we fail to acknowledge it, it will continue to dominate our mind. If we let it go, as David did in his words, we set it free to be destroyed by the hand of God.
Unfortunately The Mind Game is really no game at all, it is our life, and our choice to live or let it destroy us!
Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.