In Psalm 23, David wrote that God has “prepared a table before me in the presence of my enemies.” It’s important to note that this table is set for two. Our enemy, the devil, is not intended to join us there. Yet, he seizes every opportunity to lie his way into our minds and claim control over our lives. He can cause our minds to spin out of control with thoughts that are unproductive, destructive, and harmful. It is our responsibility to manage whose voices are at that table! Our Good Shepherd invites us to linger at this table and find nourishment, rest, and deep intimacy with the King of the Universe. It’s time to win the battle for your mind.
You are in a spiritual battle, and the enemy is trying to wedge his seeds of doubt, fear, anger, and distrust into your consciousness. He is trying to get a seat at the “table” of your mind so he can lead you down paths he wants you to travel on. The good news is that you don’t have to go there. You can win this battle. But first, you have to recognize what you’re up against.
The devil’s goals are always the same. He wants to get inside your head so he can plant harmful thoughts within you. He wants to kill your relationship with God. He wants to cause division between you and the people who care for you. It is up to you to keep him from sitting at your table. You have the power to exercise faith to defy the devil’s whisper.
Even if the enemy has taken a seat at our table, we need to recognize the “game” is not over. It is time to make the course corrections necessary for us to secure the victory that Jesus has already won on our behalf. Once we understand this truth, we can start to change our “game plan” to counter the strategies the enemy is using against us.
Winning the battle for your mind requires you to take every thought captive and make it obedient to Christ. When a thought is obedient to Christ, it either aligns with Him or is rejected by Him and by God’s teaching found in Scripture. If a thought is not taken captive by you in Jesus’ name, that thought will take you captive.
The enemy wants to define you by your scars. But Jesus wants to define you by His scars. Grace not only cancels guilt and shame—grace also redefines you. You are a beloved family member of God, and because of that you are given a seat at the table with Almighty God. You are a beneficiary of the lavish love of God, which has changed you from failure to family.
You can win the battle for your mind. Jesus prepares a table for you in the presence of your enemies. There’s nothing to worry about; your head is dripping with anointing, your cup overflows with abundance, and goodness and mercy are following you all the days of your life. The Good Shepherd is sitting at your table. It’s a meal for the two of you.