"Strongholds" of the Mind

"Strongholds" of the mind. An essential spiritual truth for me this morning at church. The mind has always been a major battleground between God and Satan.

Here are some of my favorite quotes and passages on the matter:

"The mind of man is the battleground on which every moral and spiritual battle is fought." (J. Oswald Sanders)
"A man is what he thinks all day long." (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
"If I knew what you think, I would know what you are." (Dale Carnegie)
"All mortals tend to turn into the thing they are pretending to be." (C.S. Lewis)
"Self-control is primarily mind control." (John Stott)
"Every kidnapping was once a thought. Every extramarital affair was first a fantasy." (Leslie Flynn)
"The most important things in life are the thoughts you choose to think." (Marcus Aurelius)

"For as he thinks in his heart, so is he." (Proverbs 23:7)
"Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is -- his good, pleasing, and perfect will." (Romans 12:2).