The mind serves as the control center for the heart & soul. In John 14:1, Jesus teaches us that our minds can shape our hearts through imposing our wills: “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me.” This instruction not permitting our hearts to be troubled presupposes that our hearts are impacted and controlled by our thoughts. Although our lives are shaped in our minds, the heart is the locus of power. An old Irish proverb illustrates this point very nicely: “your feet will bring you where your heart is.” The condition of the heart acts as an invisible force directing our lives accordingly. We need to be watchful moment by moment with attitude of sentinels over the material we intentionally feed our minds because our minds shape our hearts. When a negative or corroding thought enters the realm of cognition, God empowers us to act because He has given us the tools to act (2 Timothy 1:7). And our actions need to be fierce to combat the power of evil: “take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ” (2 Cor 10:5). Therefore, we are not rendered helpless. Its not like forces beyond our control can dominate our lives. We have the power. That power is in our minds. We need to be aware and strong within. The Word of God gives us that power, as does our relationships with people in our small prayer/mastermind groups.