There is a battle going on for your mind, your thoughts, and what you think will have a major impact on your actions. Where does the battle present itself? In ways like this:
When we fail miserably, how do we view ourselves?
What do we choose to think of others?
When we believe we have no value, that there is no hope, that things cannot change.
In conflict, will we run or face it head on, trying to bring things to resolution?
Do we feel abandoned by God or doubt His goodness or His care for us?
And a million things just like these- there is always a battle.
I see this all the time in me as well as in others. When we are passionate people, sometimes our thoughts and feelings have a huge impact on what we choose to do. The choice, the battle, the decision, is to believe that God is in control. What He says about us is true, not our feelings- and then we have to choose humble submission to Him.
Choosing to submit to the truth will result in our growth and moving past a long time stumbling block, pain or unforgiveness which has held us captive.
“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.”
From the Book of 2 Corinthians, chapter 10:5
The good thing is Jesus promises us peace in the midst of our lives if we place our trust in Him. The reality is peace can be found no other way. I've tried to find it elsewhere, haven't you?