So, what are you doing to protect your mind? What weapons are you wielding to keep your mind out of the hands of the enemy? What are you feeding your mind each day? Below are some stats about media consumption that might (or might not) surprise you.
- According to statista.com, the average daily amount of media consumption in the U.S. in 2015 was 12 hours per day!
- Nearly two-thirds of American adults (65%) use social networking sites.
- Every day 500 million Facebook users see an average of 8 billion videos.
- Snapchat users watch 6 billion videos every day.
- Adults in the U.S. spend an average of 1 hour and 16 minutes each day watching video on digital devices.
- 300 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute.
- 250 million photos are uploaded every day.
If you are going to win the battle of your mind, it is imperative that you assess your media habits and the content of the media you consume. Take an audit of the time spent viewing and listening to media as well as what kind of media you are ingesting. Are you spending an adequate amount of time in the Word and in prayer? Will you be able to hear God's voice over the many other noises in your life?
There's a battle raging and we must ensure that we are not giving the enemy any advantages. I Peter 5:8-9 give us wise instruction: "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world."
Take action today to protect your mind. Turn off the screen and open the Word. Unplug your devices and plug into prayer. Tap into the invaluable resources available to you and you will win the battle of your mind.
Patrick A. Thomson