BATTLE OF THE MIND

  “You may not be what you think you are, but you are what you think.”

  Jesus said it, “As a man thinks in his heart (mind) so is he.” Proverbs 7:23 KJV

  May I confess to you that I believe it is becoming increasingly difficult to be spiritually strong. Our culture has a tendency to undermine us and if you please to brain wash us. Our minds are diluted by our world.

  A chemistry professor said, “The solution to pollution is dilution.” 
The effect of a contaminate is lessened as it becomes less and less a percentage of the material as pure substance is added in.
The same is true with the mind.  We are subject to having our minds polluted by the society around us. We must be diligent to put up barriers and protect ourselves from such mind pollution.
What do you read?  What do you allow yourself to see?  What do you allow yourself to think about? 

  Focus on scripture.  Fill your mind with God’s Word.  The word will begin to dilute the garbage that is already there.  It will change your way of thinking.  Your prospective is changed.  You look at things differently, giving you new direction for living.
It will take effort, work, persistence.  Hear, read, memorize, study, meditate on the Word of God. 

  In the model prayer which Jesus taught as an example for His disciples to prayer, He urged them to ask,
“Give us this day our daily bread.”  I don’t think that He meant primarily material bread. He gave us strength and wisdom to work for our eats.  I believe He meant the Bread of Life, spiritual food, His word.

  In Matthew 4:4 Jesus said, “Man does not live by bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”

  John 6:53-57 are amazing words of Jesus.  “Jesus said to them, I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you.  Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.  For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in him.  Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me will live because of me.”

  He is not asking us to be cannibals, but rather to internalize Him in us.  He must become a part of our thinking.  We must have the mind of Christ. As Christians, we have the mind of Christ because we have His Word and Spirit living in us.  We have to think right in order to live right. Behaviour is a manifestation of how you think.  THINK LIKE JESUS.

4 Responses to “BATTLE OF THE MIND”

  1. Much of the “pollution” comes from the liberal media and Hollywood. We should solidly resist their deliberate influence on the coming elections.

  2. It is as you say and as the WORD says: “But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: ‘Be holy; because I am holy.’ ” I Peter 1:15. Start your day with prayer as you get out of bed and as you shower. Thank Him all day as you go about living. Read the WORD. While clothes were washing, I read the first six chapters of I Kings which presented the power of God. It fills up your mind with holy living. The TV is turned off except one program on Saturday night which is Huckabee. I attend three Bible classes, two worship services, wherever God’s people gather – be there. Avoid friends who live unholy lives, except to present an invitation to holiness. Love God with all your body, soul and mind.

  3. Today’s culture is so bombarded by the media with all kinds of things that are so foreign to the Godly life. It is so important to guard our minds and hearts and yet if we allow the media to constantly be feeding our minds, we are bound to be influenced by it. We must stay in the Word of God to counter these influences. Thanks for the reminder to live holy lives.

  4. Bro. Max
    Awesome article – timely! I believe that the number one sin committed by people is bad thoughts! God is just as concerned about our thoughts as He is about our actions, and He doesn’t want evil thoughts to occupy our minds. One reason God destroyed the world in Noah’s time was because “Every inclination of the thoughts of his (man’s) heart was only evil all the time.” (Genesis 6:5) Evil thoughts lead to evil deeds and even when they don’t, they focus our hearts on evil rather than good. We need to fill our minds with God’s truth. Don’t just empty our mind of evil thoughts, but fill with good thoughts – in other words, with God’s truth as is found in the Bible. We need to make the Bible part of our life every day, and memorize as much of it as we can. Then when evil thoughts come into our mind, immediately turn your attention to God’s promises and His love for you. The BIble says, “I have hidden your Word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” (Psalm 119:11) Keep up the good work!

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