Mental Fitness = Spiritual Warfare

If you saw my blog from yesterday, you’ll have noted that one of the things I wanted to do was write down some verses that I’d remembered fragments of, so that I could remember them more correctly.

When I write down verses, I always look at the context.  Not so, with remembered fragments.  Well, today’s note-taking paid big dividends.  Have a look at what “Take every thought captive” dug up, will you?

2 Corinthians 10: 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 of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. 5 We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ,

So, um, when I’m “taking every thought captive” I’m actually ENGAGING IN SPIRITUAL WARFARE.  Well.  Hi.  No wonder it’s such a battle!

On being more efficient, and making better use of my time:

Ephesians 5:15 Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise,16 making the most of your time, because the days are evil.

Or:  Why Hearthie kind of has a headache now… but it’s been a very productive day.

Referencing Els’ blog today, particularly one comment, as it relates directly.

8 thoughts on “Mental Fitness = Spiritual Warfare

  1. Major Styles

    I love that quote. Happiness is that…victory that comes from struggle, from rising above the countless battles. It’s not in the ambivalent attachment to “nothingness” that we find in Eastern thought.

    1. hearthie Post author

      It is *deeply* ironic that nirvana is (to the actual Buddhist) *not* a state of happiness (or joy), nor are those states to be sought after – since our culture uses “nirvana” as a synonym for perfect peace/joy… aka Heaven.

      Sometimes I wonder if people give the most cursory read-throughs of the basic tenants of the religions they claim to prefer to Christianity. Personally I think reincarnation sounds hellish.

      1. Major Styles

        I think that the search for wisdom in Eastern religion is really, on some level, an attempt to run away from the “rules” of Western religions. Of course, what’s revealed is that Buddhism contains more rules than that of a Hasidic Judaism.

      2. hearthie Post author

        I think mostly it’s what CS Lewis wrote in Screwtape… the desire to have the fun (ritual + meaning) of a religion without the burden (theology + obedience).

      3. Maea

        You make an excellent point about running away from the “rules,” Major Styles. One thing I’ve noticed is typically when Americans attempt to “search” for wisdom in Eastern thought, it’s really them being Americans about it– picking and choosing the things they like best, that make them feel good, pretend the rest of it doesn’t exist, and then try to reinvent it to be marketable to their peers.

  2. elspeth

    You are absolutely right. Keeping our thoughts in the right frame and on the right things is indeed a mental workout. Unlike a physical workout, there are no breaks.

    Appreciate the linkage.

  3. Maea

    Your point about practicing mental hygiene reminds me of how ancient people developed traditions of rote prayers. The purpose isn’t memorization, as much as it is to force one’s self to center. Other Christians have told me that for them to be truly focused on prayers and clean their thinking, they do similar things– limit some of their leisure activities, and devote at least 30 minutes to concentration. This level of focus is necessary for mental fitness to address spiritual warfare, and sometimes that warfare is with ourselves.


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