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Overcoming The Enemy (5 of 7)
Series: 7 SPIRITUAL SECRETS OF SUCCESS
II Corinthians 10:3-5
(clip from the movie, The Two Towers)
Considered by millions throughout the world to be the greatest
adventure ever told, Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings trilogy chronicles
the epic struggle for possession of the infamous One Ring. If returned
to its creator, the Dark Lord Sauron, The Ring will give him the
power to enslave the world.
In The Two Towers three warriors, Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli have made
friends of the Rohan, a race of humans that are in the path of the upcoming
war, led bys aging king, Theoden.
The two towers between Mordor and Isengard have united in their lust
for destruction. The corrupt wizard Saruman, under the power of the Dark
Lord Sauron and his slimy assistant, Wormtongue have created an
army of 10,000 bent on the destruction of Man and Middle-earth.
As the evil forces approach Rohan, the people evacuate to Helm's Deep,
a massive stone fortress set in a narrow, rocky gorge.
Even though they are outnumbered, the forces of Rohan and their allies
are successful at defending the fortress even after it is breached.
Our text today also speaks of a fortress. It is the fortress of our minds.
There is a battle taking place this very moment for our minds. Paul in our text
compares our minds to a fortress.
Our minds are like the fortress of Helms' Deep. The forces of Satan are like
the forces of Sauron and Saruman. Satan brings all the forces at his disposal
and seeks to break through the fortress of our mind that he might set up
his own strongholds in our life.
Why is the devil interested in your mind? Because he knows that if he can
control your mind he can control you. The mind is the control center of who we are. This is why the Bible says in Proverbs 23:7, "For as a man thinks in his heart, so is he."
Someone says, you are what you eat, but God says you are what you think.
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