by James Merritt

Mind Games
James Merritt
2 Corinthians 10:3-5


1. (After the video of Hershel Walker) Oh, those were the glory days! Now there is something most of you probably missed in seeing that video. You thought the focus was on Hershel Walker, but the key to what you just saw was the offensive line. Not even Hershel Walker, the greatest college running back who ever lived, who happened to play for the greatest college football team, at the greatest university in history, cannot run one yard unless he has an offensive line opening the holes.

2. There is an old football adage that is as old as football itself that every football coach knows is the first truth you better learn about winning. That is, the team that controls the line of scrimmage usually wins the game. Now I want you to get this down into your heart. The mind is the line of scrimmage in your life, and whoever controls the line of scrimmage controls your life.

3. The passage we are studying this morning says this:

''For we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. ''For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, ''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.'' (vv.3-5)

As you read this passage of Scripture certain terms almost leap out of the page; terms such as ''war,'' ''weapons,'' ''warfare,'' and ''strongholds.'' It is as if Paul has transported us to the front lines of a battlefield. You can almost hear the guns firing, the bombs exploding, and smell the smoke all around you.

4. The reason for that is, there is a battle for your mind taking place at this very moment. Paul compares the mind here to a fortress. He says your mind is like a castle; it's like a stronghold. It is constantly under attack. There is a battle raging within your mind in which the only prisoner that can be taken is you. The dev ...

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