Winning the battle against cancer in the spiritual realm begins with winning the battle in our minds. Tiz and I will teach more on the weapons of our warfare throughout the book, but for now let me focus on Ephesians 6:17, putting on the helmet of our salvation.
And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints. Ephesians 6:17–18
I cannot emphasize enough how essential our helmet is to win our battles! Most of our battles begin in our minds. That is why it is so important to protect our minds with the helmet of salvation. God wants you to learn how to take every thought captive and bring it to the obedience of Christ.
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.” 2 Corinthians 10:4–5
The enemy will always try to get you to think and worry about the negative things in your life. But God tells you in His Word to think about and meditate only on those things that are pure, true, noble, just, lovely, and praiseworthy. (See Philippians 4:8). You probably fight this battle every day—negative thoughts challenging positive thoughts. To win this battle, you need to renew your mind to the Word of God. “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” Romans 12:2
The Challenge Will Back Down From You
God wants us to live a transformed life, but we have to learn to align our thoughts, words, and actions with the Bible. The result? Instead of you fearfully backing down from the challenge, the challenge will back down from you! Tiz loves to tell people, “Change your thinking, and you will change your life!”
Each day when you pray, make it a point to cover your mind with the helmet of salvation. Receive the mind of Christ with all wisdom, knowledge, faith, and understanding. As you change the way you think, you will see your life change for the better every day. See your life, health, finances, and circumstances through the eyes of God, and watch His blessings and miracles begin to flow!
All Things Work for Your Good
Next to John 3:16, our favorite scripture in the Bible is Romans 8:28: “We know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”
Tiz and I know, from more than forty-five years of serving God together, that the Lord will take what the enemy has meant for evil and use it for our good. No matter what obstacle or attack we’re facing, we must continue to walk by faith, keep our attitude positive, and fulfill God’s purpose. God will always bring unexpected blessings and miracle breakthroughs. We just need to keep our eyes on Him and not the circumstances. Even when circumstances are difficult or unresolved for periods of time, we can always find peace and victory in knowing that God will cause all things to work together for good!
Take Up Your Shield of Faith
Ephesians 6:16 tells us, “Above all, taking the shield of faith with which, you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.” You’ll discover that the shield of faith not only protects you personally, but when you join with like-minded believers, it will protect families, neighborhoods, cities, and even nations! Romans 10:17 says that faith comes by hearing God’s Word. When you saturate yourself with God’s Word, your faith will be able to quench every fiery dart of the enemy or the world.
No matter what you are facing in your life, determine to stay in a mindset of positive faith in the Lord and His promises. Give Him all praise because we know that all things work together for our good. Thank Him for His protection against all the fiery darts of the enemy. Receive His strengthening in your faith through all the promises in the Word of God and expect the best because our God is a miracle-working God, and nothing is impossible for Him. Our God, who delivered us and brought us through, can do the same for you!