For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God (Romans 8:6-9). Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: but I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin (Romans 7:20-25). But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ (II Corinthians 11:3).
“The mind is the element of a person that enables them to be aware of the world and their experiences, to think, and to feel; it is the seat of the faculty of reason.” How well are you guarding your mind, the battlefield, where Satan wages war, sometimes very subtly against Christians, and those that are not yet saved? A few days ago my cousin and I were talking about commercials and the jingles that are written to accompany the images, and the effect they have on us as consumers. A jingle is meant to elicit a reaction or response from us. A jingle is a short slogan, verse, or tune, that is designed to be easily remembered, especially as used in advertising. After viewing a commercial a few times and hearing the jingle, one might find themselves humming the tune to the jingle. Before long they develop a craving for, or a desire to purchase that product. Sometimes we haven’t thought about a product in weeks, months, or even years, but there’s something about the “catchy tune” that we just can’t seem to resist or get out of our minds. Also in many instances the music, lyrics, and images we are exposed to on television, the internet, videos, movies, etc., can stay with us for quite some time. Most of the time consumers are really not aware of the influence that the visuals, and the music that we hear can have on us. “The power of sound and visual imagery can dominate us and we are unaware of its influence. Is there anything wrong with humming a tune from a scene in a movie, listening to rap, hip-hop, heavy metal, or R&B? The world will tell us emphatically that the answer is “no.” The entire marketing industry would be in serious trouble without our repeated thoughts of commercial products that lead us to purchase them. Let’s face it; our minds are well trained in the ways of the world.” (Renew The Mind)
We are in a battle, and the battlefield is the mind. Satan desires to have us, that he might sift us as wheat. It behooves us to guard the gates to our souls, which are our ears and our eyes. So often, there is an assumption, that some of the things we allow to enter into our minds, through the “gates”, our eyes and our ears, are thought to be innocent and harmless, to our spiritual nature. However, we must be so careful, not to indulge the fleshly nature, or, the other law in our members, because the Word tells us, that to be carnally minded is death, spiritual death, and enmity (diabolically opposed), against the things of God! Psalm 101:3 says, “I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me.” Rather than run towards evil, and gaze upon it, we must flee from it! Christians, we must turn away from those who indulge in wickedness and evil; we must turn away from sin! We must not delight in the things of this world, rather, we must delight ourselves in the Lord! Satan knows what our “Achilles’ heels” are, and he will place those things before us, but we must resist the devil! II Corinthians 10:4 says, (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds;). We must take unto ourselves, the whole armor of God, as written in Ephesians 6:13-18. Some of the weapons mentioned are the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. Let us hide the Word of God in our hearts, that we might not sin against Him. Let us keep our minds, stayed and centered upon the Lord. Matthew 6:22-23 says, “The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!” Children of the Most High God, let us be mindful to always guard our gates. “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; If there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” (Philippians 4:8) May the Lord bless you today, and every day!
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