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  1. Your Mind Is A Battlefield Bringing Every Thought Into Captivityto the Obedience of Christ 2 Corinthians 10:1-6

  2. A Battle For The Minds of Men Winners 1 Cor 15:54-57 Rev 21:7 Losers 2 Cor 4:3,4 Rev 21:8 We Are At War: A Spiritual war – A battle that is waged in the minds of men!

  3. A Battle For The Minds of Men 2 Corinthians 10:3-6 (NKJV) 3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, 6 and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.

  4. A Battle For The Minds of Men 1Timothy 1:18 This charge I commit to you, son Timothy, according to the prophecies previously made concerning you, that by them you may wage the good warfare, 2Timothy 2:3,4 You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier. 2 Timothy 4:2 (NKJV) 2 Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.

  5. A Battle For The Minds of Men Ephesians 6:10-12 (NKJV) 10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

  6. A Battle For The Minds of Men James 1:13-16 (NKJV) 13 Let no one say when he is tempted, "I am tempted by God"; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. 14 But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. 15 Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death. 16 Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren.

  7. A Battle For The Minds of Men Internally Externally • Resisting & exposing false doctrine, false religion, • Resisting & exposing ungodliness & immorality – • Requires knowledge & wisdom . . . • My response to temptation & sin, • Pride & selfishness, • Self deception, seeking the truth, open to change - • Requires knowledge & wisdom . . . We Are At War: A Spiritual war – A battle that is waged in the minds of men!

  8. A Battle For The Minds of Men The Battle For Your Mind Understanding Our Enemies Satan & his servants - Eph6:11, 12; 2 Cor 2:11; 11:3 False information - 2 Pet 2:1,2; Mat 15:13; 2 Cor 11:13-15 Tempters - Prov 1:10-19; 1 Cor 15:33; 1 John 2:15-17 2 Corinthians 11:3 (NKJV) But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.

  9. A Battle For The Minds of Men The Battle For Your Mind Understanding The Battlefield We walk in the flesh – we are mortal humans, living in a temporal world - but we are MUCH MORE - Eccl 12:7; Heb 11:13-16; Gal 5:16 But we do not war according to the flesh – This battle is fought in the minds of men - (Arguments; Knowledge; Thoughts - vs. 5) 2 Cor. 10:3 (NKJV) 3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh.

  10. A Battle For The Minds of Men The Battle For Your Mind Understanding The Battlefield Words & actions come from the heart / mind - Gen. 6:5; Mat 15:18,19; Rom 16:17; Eph 6:6 We are what we think - Prov. 23:7 Both God & Satan desires control of our thought life - Mark 12:29-31; 2 Cor 11:3 2 Cor. 10:3 (NKJV) 3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh.

  11. A Battle For The Minds of Men The Battle For Your Mind Understanding The Battlefield We determine what we allow to occupy & control our mind - Rom 8:5 “set their minds . . .” Rom 12:1-3 - “be transformed by the renewing of your mind” Col. 3:2 - “set your mind on things above” Phili 3:19 - the end of “those who set their mind on earthly things” 2 Cor. 10:3 (NKJV) 3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh.

  12. A Battle For The Minds of Men The Battle For Your Mind Ephesians 4:17-24 (NKJV) 17 This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind, 18 having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart; 19 who, being past feeling, have given themselves over to lewdness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. 2 Cor. 10:3 (NKJV) 3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh.

  13. A Battle For The Minds of Men The Battle For Your Mind Ephesians 4:17-24 (NKJV) 20 But you have not so learned Christ, 21 if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus: 22 that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, 23 and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, 24 and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness. 2 Cor. 10:3 (NKJV) 3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh.

  14. A Battle For The Minds of Men The Battle For Your Mind Understanding Our Weapons Weapons NOT carnal Guns, bombs, swords – NOT Psychology – NOT Secular Education – NOT Human Wisdom – NOT Positive Thinking - 2 Cor. 10:4 (NKJV) 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds,

  15. A Battle For The Minds of Men The Battle For Your Mind Understanding Our Weapons Weapons NOT carnal Compulsion (1 Peter 5:2) Deceit(1 Pet 2:1, Eph 4:25; Rom 3:8) Flattery - (1 Thes. 2:5) Compromise(Gal 1:8-9; 2:5) Bribery - (2 Pet 2:3) 2 Cor. 10:4 (NKJV) 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds,

  16. A Battle For The Minds of Men The Battle For Your Mind Understanding Our Weapons waist girded with Truth Breastplate of Righteousness Feet shod w/ Gospel of peace Shield of faith to quench all fiery darts Helmet of salvation Sword of the Spirit – (The word of GOD) Praying always - watchful w/ perseverance. Ephesians 6:10-18 2 Cor. 10:4 (NKJV) 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds,

  17. A Battle For The Minds of Men The Battle For Your Mind God’s Word God’s power to save men - Rom 1:16 Living & Powerful – Heb 4:12 Produces Faith – Rom 10:17 Saves Souls – James 1:21 Regenerates – 1 Peter 1:22,23 To be spoken in love – Eph 4:15 To be taught w/ patience & humility – 2 Tim 2:24-26 Will accomplish God’s purpose – Isa 55:11 2 Cor. 10:4 (NKJV) 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds,

  18. A Battle For The Minds of Men The Battle For Your Mind Pulling Down Strongholds The Lord is a stronghold for the faithful and upright (Psa. 9:9; 18:2; 31:2-3). Satan and sin also have their strongholds, but they are doomed to certain defeat(Heb 2:14; 1 John 3:8-10). 2 Cor. 10:4 (NKJV) 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds,

  19. A Battle For The Minds of Men The Battle For Your Mind Pulling Down Strongholds The truth exposes & destroys the lies of Satan - (atheism; paganism; humanism; Islam; Catholicism; denominationalism; & every other “ism”) Every time we try to teach someone the truth or we defend the truth – we are engaged in battle for Christ – Not to destroy – but to save! 2 Cor. 10:5 (NKJV) 5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,

  20. A Battle For The Minds of Men The Battle For Your Mind Pulling Down Strongholds The truth can expose & destroy the errors & sin that may exist in our own lives - James 1:21-25 2 Cor. 10:5 (NKJV) 5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,

  21. A Battle For The Minds of Men The Battle For Your Mind 2 Cor. 10:5 bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,

  22. A Battle For The Minds of Men The Battle For Your Mind • Receive the truth – (John 8:32; James 1:21) • Obey the truth – (1 Peter 1:22,23) • Transforming ourselves -“by the renewing of” our minds – (Rom 12:1,2) • Become spiritually minded – “Setting our minds on things above . . .“– (Col 3:1,2; Mat 6:33; Gal 5:22,23; 2 Pet 1:5-10)

  23. A Battle For The Minds of Men The Battle For Your Mind Isaiah 26:3 “You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.”

  24. A Battle For The Minds of Men The Battle For Your Mind We Are At War: A Spiritual war – A battle that is waged in the minds of men! Internally – the war with sin, self deception, pride, selfishness, etc., is won or lost in ones mind. Externally – we are at war with false doctrine, false religion, ungodliness and immorality – the minds of men must be changed -

  25. A Battle For The Minds of Men Winners Mark 16:16 He who believes and is baptized will be saved Losers Mark 16:16 but he who does not believe shall be condemned We Are At War: A Spiritual war – A battle that is waged in the minds of men!

  26. A Battle For The Minds of Men The Battle For Your Mind Charts by Don McClain Prepared February 27- March 2, 2013Preached March 3, 2013West 65th Street church of ChristP.O. Box 190062Little Rock AR 72219501-568-1062Prepared using KeynoteEmail – donmcclain@sbcglobal.net More Keynote, PPT & Audio Sermons:http://w65stchurchofchrist.org/coc/sermons/ Note – Many of the transition effects used in this presentation will be lost using PPT 2007 Viewer http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=cb9bf144-1076-4615-9951-294eeb832823&displaylang=en

  27. Psalm 119:97-104 (NKJV) 97 Oh, how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day. 98 You, through Your commandments, make me wiser than my enemies; For they are ever with me. 99 I have more understanding than all my teachers, For Your testimonies are my meditation. 100 I understand more than the ancients, Because I keep Your precepts.

  28. Psalm 119:97-104 (NKJV) 101 I have restrained my feet from every evil way, That I may keep Your word. 102 I have not departed from Your judgments, For You Yourself have taught me. 103 How sweet are Your words to my taste, Sweeter than honey to my mouth! 104 Through Your precepts I get understanding; Therefore I hate every false way.