Oh, how I love me some Joyce Meyer! I can’t get enough of her no-nonsense and spirit-filled teaching. I highly recommend you read “Battlefield of the Mind” if you are looking to change your life or more importantly, change old thought patterns and mind-sets. It is invaluable to those of us who tend to get hung up in our own heads and who tend to over analyze everything.
Before we go any further, let me just say that if you are not aren’t a Christian or you don’t believe in spiritual warfare, this book is not for you as Joyce’s method of changing thought patterns and fighting spiritual warfare is based on s Biblical principles and scripture. Now, don’t get me wrong, non-Christians can appreciate the “positive thinking” message, but honestly, that part is something you can get from numerous other self-help books. This book has the ability (through the power of the Holy Spirit) to change lives, but only if you are open to the possibilities. I don’t believe this book was designed so much to help the clinically depressed but rather the average Christian wanting to do more than “just survive” this life.
I give this book 5 stars and would give it more if I could. Joyce teaches us how to discipline our minds through the use of scripture because she knows and understands most spiritual battles are fought in our minds or at least that is where they start. She actually gives specific verses to use in the midst of battle as well as share her own past experiences. I found this most helpful because real life application is where it counts. I can study all the Christian books I want, but if I don’t know how to apply the teaching in my everyday life, what is the point? Some critics claim that her experiences were not truly hardships (the story of the dress she gave away), but the fact that she used everyday problems made it all the more real for me. I can usually rise to the occasion with the big things, but I fail almost daily with the little things. God uses these little “insignificant” moments to teach us great life lessons.
What I learned from Joyce Meyer and “Battlefield of the Mind”:
I found myself studying all her scripture references and the stories behind them. The story of the Israelites really stuck with me (I’ll get back to this in a moment). I also made a point to memorize the scriptures by writing them down and taping them to my bathroom mirror or desk at work.
I was made aware of certain strongholds I didn’t even know I had and convicted to change those I did know I had but was choosing to ignore. Joyce’s openness regarding her own strongholds made it easier for me to examine my own.
I was reminded that a lot of my problems not only come from my bad attitude or negative thinking, but from replaying and over analyzing things in my head.
Joyce pointed out that blessings are not based on our actions, but rather God blesses us when we are ready for His blessings. This was so huge for me. I have been making major life changes regarding my walk with the Lord and I was so terrified that when I miss-stepped that I would be punished. However, the thing that stuck with me the most regarding this issue was that the Israelites took 40 years to get to the Promised Land when it should have only taken them 11 days! Why? Because they were not ready for the blessing of the Promised Land. Their constant complaining and disobedience was a clear sign that they were not ready for what God had for them. How true this is in our own lives! That alone was enough for me to call this one of the greatest books I have ever read.
Lessons from the Israelites:
-My future is not determined by my past;
-I will take responsibility for my own actions;
-Sometimes life is hard-get over it as God uses hard times to grow us (what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger);
-Grumbling, faultfinding, complaining, jealousy, and envy will get us nowhere (40 years /11 days);
-Good things come for those who wait and wait patiently;
-Feeling sorry for oneself is a waste of time and energy;
-None of us are worthy of God’s blessings but Jesus makes it possible;
-It is best to do it God’s way first-obedience is a must.
Thank you Israelites!
As Joyce so simply states, “ stinkin’ thoughts produce stinkin’ actions,” but the good news is we don’t have to be controlled by those thoughts or Satan any longer. Instead, we must recognize those thoughts as they come to our mind, capture them immediately, and see them for the lies they are and refuse to think upon them.
I highly recommend this book for your bookshelf, coffee table, or night stand as it is sure to be a book to be read and reread as well as a quick reference for times of need.
Until next time, stay safe and God bless,