So many today are battling mentally. More and more believers are dealing with mental battles such as feelings of loneliness, despair, depression, suicidal thoughts, hopelessness etc. It is my observation that the battle against the mind of believers has grown fervently in the last year and is getting increasingly hotter. What can we do?
As an individual who has personally dealt with all of the above and some, as well as watched, encouraged and prayed for others through such moments, I would like to offer some suggestions to help you combat the onslaught.
As believers traveling through this wicked world we have to guard our minds. I imagine if God were to let us see the demonic realm at work around us, we would realize just how much effort is made against us – and just how much God shelters us from; thank you Jesus!
But our path is not a smooth one. Ours is an uphill battle because the enemy desires to keep us from God’s holy way. So what can we do to protect ourselves against the efforts of the enemy that do reach us? I’m glad you asked.
Our senses of sight and hearing are powerful. To guard our mind we have to guard our ears and eyes; here are some ways we can do just that.
What you hear affects your mind. What are you allowing in through your ears? Many professing believers today believe they can listen to anything secular they want and not be affected. They fill up on secular music, secular movies/television programming and always have their ears ready for the latest gossip etc. With these individuals I must beg to differ. Do a little research and you will quickly discover just how demonic most, if not all of these secular offerings are.
If you want to protect your mind in the heat of battle then guard your ears! Be particular about what you allow in through them.
Good (Biblically sound) music
The Word of God
Biblically sound messages/testimonies
Seek conversation that edifies your spirit instead of only strengthening your flesh
What in the world are you looking at?! That is an important question to answer. Our brains are like sponges, waiting eagerly to soak up whatever is put before it. It is especially adept at quickly picking up and holding tight the wrong things. Therefore, we must be particular about what we feed our minds.
Do not feast your eye and ears on the offerings of this world. Look at things that
Cause you to think about what’s important
Help bring understanding of the Word of God
Help encourage you in the way of righteousness
To guard is to protect. If we are on guard we are on the lookout, watching carefully so as not to be caught off guard by the enemy’s attacks. We should be protecting our heart and mind at all times.
The Word of God is part of our armor. It is the weapon with which we fight the enemy’s attacks. The Word helps us fight temptations, it encourages, helps strengthen our faith etc… We will not be successful in this war for our minds without our Sword, the Word of God. So we must train ourselves to use the armor and weapon God gave us for trekking through this world.
Keeping our minds occupied with the right things ca help fight off those feelings of depression, despair, discouragement etc. Filling our minds with the Word of God and those encouraging things based on it will give us something to fight with when the enemy starts whispering lies in effort to bring us down. The choice is ours, we control what we eat, and we will inevitably deal with the consequences of our decision.
On that note….
As I stated in an earlier post, I will be doing my first giveaway in honor of my 4th year blogging.
So, the thoughts behind the items chosen for this giveaway are based on this post. I have chosen items to help the receiver combat attacks against their mind.
On Friday April 3, 2020 I will choose, at random, 3 individuals to receive one of
the following gifts.
- Bible Study Set
- DVD Set
- Mp3 Player set
Until next time,
God bless you and Keep fighting!
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Let’s hear some chatter out there!
*Have you had to fight the battle for your mind?
*What are some ways you fight and win?