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The Battle for You - The Mind

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The Battle of the Cowpens - The Cowpens may be one of the most important battles ever fought on American soil from the standpoint of the tactical lessons one can learn from it. In addition, it demonstrated Morgan's unique and ingenious deployment of troops. Using a unique deployment of troops, Morgan planned a tactical masterpiece that made use of all his troops' strengths and used some of their weaknesses to his advantage. He had an uncanny understanding of the psychology of soldiers and a firm grasp of tactical principles. He possessed an acute understanding of his troops’ limitations, both physical and psychological. He had confidence in his regulars, and knew how to handle his militiamen as well, but most importantly, he predicted how the enemy would fight.
On January 17th, 1781 Daniel Morgan was in charge of the American troops, mostly militia, along with a small cavalry reserve led by Colonel William Washington (George's cousin). Facing Morgan was the aggressive Brit Banastre Tarleton, commanding a roughly equal (1,100) number of men. Tarleton had a large cavalry advantage over Morgan, and also possessed two 3-pounder 'grasshopper' artillery pieces. Morgan spent all night moving about his camp, conveying instructions and support to his troops, ensuring that they would be prepared for the approaching engagement. Tarleton woke his men up well before dawn and marched them for hours to reach the battlefield, without issuing specific orders to his subordinates. Tarleton was eager to get to the fight, and he fully expected to win. The glamorous commander was becoming somewhat overconfident of his abilities and probably viewed Morgan's rag-tag army as just one more inviting target for victory.
They were thought to be cowardly to stand up against the disciplined ranks of seasoned professionals. On finding Morgan, Tarleton ordered an immediate attack, without rest nor breakfast for his men. His men moved forward in regular formation, were momentarily checked by the militia rifles, but, continued to advance while sensing increasing victory. However, the British drove in successive lines, only to encounter another, stronger line after exerting themselves and suffering casualties. As a result, the dept of the American lines soaked up the shock of the British advance. Taking the withdrawal of the first two lines as a full blown retreat, the British broke ranks, rushing headlong into the awaiting final line of disciplined regulars. Believing that the Americans were once again in flight, the overconfident Tarleton committed his reserve to close pursuit, thus exposing one of his flanks to Col. Washington's cavalry. Another deadly point-blank American volley, coupled with a rallied militia contingent, sealed the trap and led to the British being routed with very heavy casualties. In point of tactics, this was the most brilliant battle of the Revolutionary war, and it still appears brilliant when judged by the standards that we apply to the work of the greatest masters of the military art.
The Battle of Salamis - The ensuing Battle of Salamis was one of the decisive engagements of history. The Greek commander Themistocles had cleverly laid a trap to engulf the Persian battle fleet. On September 22, 480BC, the Greek fleet held a position between the north coast of the Island of Salamis and the coast of Attica to the northwest of Piraeus. The Persians had deployed facing north in a line three deep, Themistocles purposely left the channel between Salamis and Magara open and unguarded, possibly to tempt Xerxes to divide his fleet. Xerxes did exactly this, sending his Egyptian contingent around Salamis to take and seal the western channel. The Greek fleet drew up in battle formation on the shore of Attica, with the Athenians taking the left wing and the Aeginetans the right. The Greek fleet had some 300 warships at its disposal.
On the morning of the battle, the Persians deployed with their right wing held by the Phoenicians and the Ionian ships on the left. While still trying to get into position, the Persians were attacked by the Greeks, who forced the leading Persian ships back upon their comrades, causing disorder in the Persian formation as the Persian ships were already close packed in the narrow confines of the Straight. This was immediately followed by an Athenian flank attack on the Phoenician ships which were pushed back into the Persian center and onto the coast of Attica. Eventually the Greeks made an encircling movement behind the Persian center, which proved decisive, and the Ionian Greeks, with their resistance broken and scattered, retreated. Themistocles had cleverly trapped the Persians in a channel too narrow for them to bring their greater numbers to bear, and attacked them vigorously, in the end causing the loss of 200 Persian ships vs 40 Greek.

Who controls your mind?

Romans 8:5–8 NIV
Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God.
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Why does it matter?

Satan blinds the mind
2 Corinthians 4:4 NIV
The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.
2. Satan deceives the mind
2 Corinthians 11:3 NIV
But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.
3. We can indulge sin with our mind
Ephesians 2:3 NIV
All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath.

How do we change our mind?

Be made new in Christ
2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!
1 Corinthians 2:15–16 NIV
The person with the Spirit makes judgments about all things, but such a person is not subject to merely human judgments, for, “Who has known the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.
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2. We pursue godly thinking
Romans 7:25 NIV
Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in my sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.
2 Peter 3:1 NIV
Dear friends, this is now my second letter to you. I have written both of them as reminders to stimulate you to wholesome thinking.
Philippians 4:8 NIV
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
1 Peter 1:13 NIV
Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming.
3. We become a people of learning
Ephesians 4:22–23 NIV
You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds;
Colossians 2:4 NIV
I tell you this so that no one may deceive you by fine-sounding arguments.
Colossians 2:8 NIV
See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ.
National Anthem protests
What if I disagree with something in the Bible? Your wrong, change your opinion
4. Allow the Holy Spirit to teach us
Luke 24:45 NIV
Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures.
Hebrews 8:10 NIV
This is the covenant I will establish with the people of Israel after that time, declares the Lord. I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.
1 John 5:20 NIV
We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. And we are in him who is true by being in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.

What happens when our minds are changed?

Transformation
Romans 12:2 NIV
Do not conform 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.
2. Holistic prayer and worship
1 Corinthians 14:15 NIV
So what shall I do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will also pray with my understanding; I will sing with my spirit, but I will also sing with my understanding.
3. Obedient thinking
2 Corinthians 10:5 NIV
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.

Closing

Pass out the army men
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