“Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him (1 John 2:15). The cares of the world can cause the Word of GOD to be ineffective in your life. Cares of the world can make you unaware of the short time before the return of Jesus: “And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares” (Luke 21:34).
Satan will occupy your thoughts with materialism rather than with eternal values. Paul warns there are many who “mind worldly things” (Philippians 3:18-19). Mental conditions: If you allow Satan to persist with thoughts of depression, suicide, torment, accusation, etc., it can lead to mental illness. This could include a nervous or mental breakdown and various medically recognized mental conditions. Satan can possess the mind of unbelievers and backsliders, those who have once known GOD, then turned away from Him.
What an arsenal of weapons Satan has targeted for the mind! Left unconquered, these thoughts lead to sinful actions. For example, hatred can lead to murder. Adulterous thoughts can lead to the act of adultery. Divorce starts in the mind. Covetousness can lead to stealing. There is no doubt…the greatest arena of spiritual warfare is the mind. But do NOT fear!
Let the Holy Spirit Search Your Mind: First, ask God to search your mind and reveal to you any wrong attitudes, motives, and thinking which has been inserted by the enemy: “Search me, O God, and know my heart, try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting” (Psalms 139:23-24). As the Holy Spirit reveals things to you, act upon the revelation. Ask forgiveness for wrong thought patterns and use the Word of God to develop new thought patterns.
Use your Spiritual Armor: Two pieces of spiritual armor defend you from attacks in the mind. These are listed in Ephesians 6:16-17. One piece of armor is the helmet of the hope of salvation. A helmet is worn on the head and implies protection to the mind. Paul is not only speaking of your present salvation in Jesus Christ which can cleanse your mind, he is speaking of the future salvation: for now, is our salvation nearer than when we believed (Romans 13:11). Salvation is also your hope for the future. The believer who has the “helmet of salvation” in place understands that God is working out His eternal purpose of salvation. He is not disturbed by the attacks of the enemy. He has hope not only for the present, but for the future. The other piece of armor for mental protection is the shield of faith. A shield was a piece of heavy material which a soldier held in front of himself to keep the arrows from hitting him. The arrows bounced off the shield and fell harmlessly to the ground.
The shield for the Christian soldier is called the “shield of faith”. The word “faith” not only refers to the basic truths of the Christian Gospel but to your confidence in God. When Satan brings false guilt to your mind, remember…If we confess our sins, Jesus is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). To eliminate tormenting thoughts, claim the peace that is rightfully yours: “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid (John 14:27). ‘And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:7).
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