In case you haven't noticed, there is a war being waged for your mind and your attention. The enemy of your soul is bombarding you with wickedness and temptation everywhere you turn and he's doing so with ferocity and purpose. He wants to stake claim in the valuable territory that is your mind. He is working tirelessly to subtly convince you that the Word of God doesn't really teach what you have always believed (see Genesis 3:1-6). Much energy is being spent to deceive you so that you can be manipulated by evil and be led away from God. Sadly, droves are being led away from truth because they didn't give enough effort to protecting their minds.
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.
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