Bulletproof: Who is in your mind?
The proof is that we recover much quicker. We deflect the lies and bring forth the truth God has said to us and about us. Speaking the truth will win many battles that ignite in our minds and hearts.
I can't tell you how refreshing it is to go through trials with a bulletproof mindset. What once would be an emotional, manipulative self-attack that leads to a depressive spiral is now an issue resolved in a few minutes/hours without lashing out at others.
Allow me to explain…
Without a bulletproof mindset, we’re left in the shackles of a victim mentality or whining to God about our prayer requests. With the mind of Christ, according to 1 Corinthians 2:16, we have His wisdom operating in us because we have His Spirit living in us. When something bad happens to us, whether we set it in motion or it simply transpires over the course of living, we can have a bulletproof mindset by taking on the mind of Jesus to access His wisdom, His guidance, and His character. It happens for us time and time again. Believers in Jesus Christ have His mind because we have His Holy Spirit operating in us. We know that having a bulletproof mindset doesn’t stop the attacks from coming. Oftentimes, have you noticed that the attacks amp up when we are focused on having a bulletproof mindset? What it DOES is it prepares us for life’s challenges.
Are you the kind of Jesus follower who prays for Him to take away your challenges? Are you the person who rebukes every demonic force that comes your way? If you are, you could be forfeiting the joy of walking down the pathway to living with a bulletproof mindset. Consider what James says in chapter 1, verses 2 to 4, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature, complete, and not lacking anything.”
A bulletproof mindset builds resilience and strength. We may get knocked down, but we will not stay down. We will get back up. Getting up gives us hope (not in ourselves but in the mind of Christ operating within us). He assures us that things will get better (sometimes getting better is on the other side of this life. Let’s remember this truth). God never promised us relief from most, if not all, of our challenges. How would we become mature, complete, and not lacking anything, if we weren’t tried and tested in this life? A bulletproof mind is evident in adversity not in favor and blessings.
What is a bulletproof mindset? The mind of Jesus Christ operating in us.
What does it do for us to have a bulletproof mindset? It practically empowers us to deal with the mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual attacks we face on a day-to-day basis. It makes us wise about the lies we hear from ourselves, others, and the devil (and to silence the lies). Jesus’s Holy Spirit teaches us how to be victorious in our daily attacks. He does this by either relieving us from the attack, giving us grace to walk through the attack, or showing us a different way to handle the attack. The proof is that we recover much quicker. We deflect the lies and bring forth the truth God has said to us and about us. Speaking the truth will win many battles that ignite in our minds and hearts. Speaking the truth rumbles aloud, “Victory belongs to Jesus!” and since I belong to Jesus, “Victory is mine!”
This bulletproof mindset prevents me from languishing in my challenges and attacks but to get back to being on fire as a wife, mother, friend, family member, and daughter of God (not that I ever stop being any of these, but sometimes we can get trapped in our own challenges and attacks; that becomes our focus).
I have experienced ongoing rejection in my life since I was a teenager. I have learned that people come and people leave my life continuously. There have been times and seasons when I was submerged in sadness over the people who walked away from me without so much as saying good-bye, or knowing why they left the relationship. I would constantly pray, asking God to tell me why it’s happening to me. He never did. He did, however, convict me to take on the mind of Christ seriously to prevent myself from harboring a victim mentality. This is how James 1:2-4 started making sense to me.
Friends, if we have a bulletproof mindset, it will improve our emotional responses and attitude when they are negatively triggered. It will keep us from becoming jaded about prayer and faith. It will help our overall outlook on life.
What does the world see when they look at us? Do we inspire or are we part of the problem? Each day we can live as if the whole world is watching our every move and looking to us for inspiration. The opinions of people matter very little in life. It is the mind of Christ that we must trust and respect if we plan to live with a bulletproof mindset.