Mt. 6:34 π Eph. 6:17 π Jas. 4:7
The believer must understand that the regaining of the facile use of the faculties, and the maintenance of the mind in healthy condition, after passive surrender to evil spirits, will mean a steady fight with the powers of darkness, which will require the use of the weapons of warfare given in the Word of God, as tried and proved by experience. Weapons, for instance, such as the truth in the text "Sufficient for the day is the evil thereof," ( Mt. 6:34 ) for resisting brooding over the past, or torturing pictures of the future; "Resist the devil and he \will flee from you," ( Jas. 4:7 ) when the pressure of the enemy is severe; and other "fighting" texts, which will prove truly to be the "sword of the Spirit" to thrust at the enemy, in the evil day of his onslaught upon the escaping believer. ( Eph. 6:17; top )
(e) THE STEADY ATTITUDE OR ACTION OF THE WILL. In keeping the mind in normal working condition, free from the interference of the enemy, the believer should maintain the attitude of the will steadily set; i.e.,
"I will that my mind shall not be passive";
"I will to have full control of, and to use my faculties";
"I will to recognize everything that comes from demon-possession";
all of which declares the CHOICE of the man, rather than his determination to do these things. The powers of darkness are not affected by mere determination - i.e., resolve - but they are rendered powerless by the act of volition definitely choosing, in the strength given of God, to stand against them.
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