On October 31, 1999, a full airplane took off from JFK Airport on what was to be a routine flight to Cairo, Egypt. Shortly after take-off, however, things went terribly wrong. Once the plane had reached its cruising altitude the co-pilot waited for the pilot to leave the cockpit then turned off the plane’s autopilot. He then cut the power to the engines, causing the plane to descend into a free-fall.
The jet’s flight recorder revealed what happened in the final moments before the crash. The pilot hurried back to his seat and battled the co-pilot for control of the plane. As the pilot tugged at his controls to raise the nose of the huge jet, the suicidal co-pilot was pushing his controls to keep the jet in its fatal dive. The result was the tragic crash of Egypt Air Flight 990 into the Atlantic Ocean just off the coast off Massachusetts. All 217 people on board were killed.
That sad story reminds me of the battle that goes on every day in the believer’s mind … the cockpit of one’s life. Sin and Satan vie for control of our lives. Access is gained to our lives through our minds. We are assaulted with every imaginable lie intended to wrest control of our lives from God. Truly the most common way temptation enters our lives is through thoughts in our minds. If Satan can get us to believe and dwell on lies, he has pushed our lives into a deadly dive toward destruction.
Just think about how real this is:
• We falsely believe that someone is out to hurt us; we begin to plot how we can hurt them first.
• An attractive person, not our mate, comes into our field of vision and we begin to imagine sexual intimacy with them. Lust is conceived that easily gives birth to sin.
• A godless, materialistic worldview begins to capture our thinking. We soon begin to doubt the reality of God and the life to which He has called us. Our mind becomes a dark cellar where sin thrives.
The Bible shows us how to keep control of the cockpit of our lives:
“For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:4-5 ESV).
So make sure you have control of the cockpit of your life … the mind. Realize you are in a battle not against visible forces, but against invisible evil forces. Satan and his demons are hard at work to supplant the truth of God with the lies of evil. Take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. Fill your mind with the truth and wisdom of God’s Word. Dwell on it throughout each day. The battle is won one thought at a time.