It’s so easy to find things on television, in the news, on the internet that speak about sin, even celebrating sin. I’ve recently done some research into some politics, and the filth I’ve discovered has been disconcerting to say the least. I’ve purposely gone to the Lord to ask for Him to show me the truth and to protect my mind and my heart. Because as Christ followers we are to “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” (Prov. 4:23)
In this electronic age where we have access to so much on the internet (both true and false) and cable has 300+ channels 24/7, we must be vigilant in guarding our hearts and minds. When we hear something that disturbs us, we need to take it to the Lord and lay our anxious thoughts at His feet. Jesus invites us to come to Him for rest for our souls, minds and hearts: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matt. 11:28)
We can’t let the information that comes in bombard us with worldliness. It’s how we give the enemy a foothold. “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8) Everyday we have a choice as to whose voice we will listen to. We need to keep our eyes on Jesus, who will protect our minds and hearts (Hebrews 12:2).
Satan’s primary strategy to target us is to attack our mind. “Take the helmet of salvation” (Eph 6:17a) A helmet protects our minds because “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.” (Prov 23:7a) The mind must be protected with a helmet that’s able to absorb the shocks of being hit by the enemy and even knocked to the ground in the spiritual realm. When our mind no longer functions as it was designed to, it impedes our will and emotions from doing what they should. This, then, influences the body as it responds to the will and emotions.
It is because of salvation that our minds can be sound. We are assured of our eternities, and made righteous recipients of peace, practitioners of faith, and knowers of truth. Our minds are protected because of Jesus’ work on the cross; we have been given the mind of Christ, and we must be able to hear God’s voice (1 Corinthians 2:12-16).