The hill where Jesus was crucified is called “Golgotha,” or the “Place of the Skull,” due to its shape which resembles a human skull. Jesus dying at the “Place of the Skull” is a representation of the healing and restoration for our minds. He died so our minds could be free from thoughts and ideas that come to torment us and derail us from our destiny.
Being “brainwashed” is usually something one would want to avoid, but the truth is, we sometimes need a good brainwashing. Our minds aren’t always on the right track. People tend to meditate on everything else other than God’s Word, and then wonder why they become confused, discouraged, or even depressed.
Freedom is available to us all, but not everyone gains it. WE are responsible for our own thoughts! God has given us truth to keep our minds strong and stable, so we need to fight for freedom in our minds.
Just as he did with Eve in the garden, Satan will try to get us to question God by introducing thoughts and ideas. This is one of his greatest weapons, but we have a greater, more powerful weapon – the Word of God. If we aren’t studying, meditating and strengthening ourselves with the truth of God’s Word, we become an easy target for deception and lies.
Scripture tells us that Jesus, like us, was tempted in every area, but He was armed with the Word. Just think of what was at stake – Jesus was preparing to be the sinless sacrifice for all of mankind, and He only had to sin once and mankind would be doomed! Satan came to entice Him with half truths, seductions and temptations, but Jesus was prepared for the battle.
We mustn’t think that somehow our own goodness is any match for the devil’s schemes. Our mind is the battleground, and we have been given clear instructions on how to win the battle that rages in our mind. In 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 (NIV) we read, “For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”
Whatever we meditate on becomes magnified in our life, so we need to take every thought captive that bombards our mind. Our minds, not just our bodies, need to be submitted to God. The Word of God must dominate our thinking and be the only truth that rules our life, so that the enemy cannot infiltrate our minds with his suggestions.
“Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long. Your commands are always with me and make me wiser than my enemies” Psalm 119:97-98 (NIV.)
There is only one way to be wiser than our enemy and that is through God’s Word. We don’t have to remain in bondage to our thoughts and reasonings, but it does require effort on our part to arm ourselves, and remain equipped for the battle of our minds. We must continue to be vigilant. Eternal, internal vigilance is the price for freedom!