“The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 NIV
There is an attack on our minds everyday. Someone desperately wants to control our thoughts. Wow! Our minds must be very valuable. In fact everything about Satan’s world system is designed to control our thinking. The average citizen has no clue of it. Hence he/she downloads many thoughts, words, sounds and images in his/her mind daily just watching TV alone. It has been proven that once a person starts watching Television within one and a half to 2 minutes the brain goes into a hypnotic state. It is now open to whatever suggestions are being poured in. Imagine that; being hypnotized, programmed, for hours everyday. And you didn’t even know it. You think your thoughts and behavior won’t be affected? TV is a very powerful mind control machine.
Those of us who are aware of this and value our minds aren’t so open to this medium or any other. We are selective about what we allow within. Our minds, our spirits, our hearts, our souls, are not some open house for any guest to just walk on in. Do you know what the word, “Entertainment,” really means? “Enter,” means, “come in, enter into, to enter a place,” and implies penetration in the Greek. “Tain,” has it’s etymology found in French and Latin and it means, “to hold, possess.” And, “Ment,” denotes “an action or a resulting state, a state of being.” It’s origin too is found in Latin and French. So basically Entertainment is allowing something in, that holds or possesses us, and results in actions, or a state of existence. Wow! That’s very powerful. And the average person doesn’t even realize this is happening. Very powerful indeed.
“I will set no worthless thing before my eyes; I hate the work of those who fall away; It shall not fasten its grip on me.” Psalms 101:3 NASB
The verse above are the words of the Holy Spirit spoken through David. He knew what we know: that entertaining ourselves with worthless, evil things is harmful. He knew it would enter his mind and heart, then put him into a state of being, or behavior patterns displeasing to God. He knew that if he kept evil close by it would have a grip on him. So he fought tooth and nail to keep wickedness far away from him. David vowed not to put any worthless thing before his eyes. Let’s be smart. Let’s imitate our brother David. David also said:
“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord , my rock and my Redeemer.” Psalms 19:14 NASB
David was concerned not only with his speech being pleasing to God but also his thoughts. That’s where everything originates. Jesus says that what makes a person clean or unclean is not what goes into their bodies, but rather what comes out of them; out of their heart, or their thoughts. (Matthew 15:17-20) That’s why this part of us is so important to the enemy. Once you control the mind the rest of the body follows. What are we letting into our minds brothers and sisters? What are we feeding our hearts. Or should I ask, Who are we letting in? Who are we allowing to feed our hearts?
As I was looking up the definition for, “Entertainment,” I just happened to come across the word, “Government.” And would you believe that it means, “mind control?” Yes. The word is derived from a Latin verb, “Guvemo, Guvemare,” and it means, “to control.” And the Latin word, “Men’s, Mentis,” means, “mind.” Hence the definition, “to control the mind,” or, “mind control.” Hmmmm. I just thought that was very interesting. Anyway, it is well known even by those who won’t admit it that a mind stayed on God is controlled by Him. And there is nothing the evil one can do to control that mind. We must voluntarily entertain or invite negativity in. The devil cannot make you and me do anything. We have the power of choice. And Jesus has given us authority over all the power of the enemy:
“The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.” He replied, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” Luke 10:17-20 NIV
PEACE OF MIND
“You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.” Isaiah 26:3 ESV
There’s the recipe to perfect peace: keeping one’s thoughts fixed on God. This is how we slay the wicked imaginations that pop up in our heads. This is how we demolish arguments, strongholds, and every pretense that sets itself up against the knowledge of God. We’re always ready like a good soldier. We believe and practice the next passage too:
“Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.” Psalms 1:1-3 ESV
What great benefits for turning away from evil and meditating on God’s law day and night. The mind that is stayed on God enjoys a feast of peace. Studying God’s word daily is super important for keeping our thoughts on Him. Please brothers and sisters do this. The word of God is our food for the mind, heart, and soul. Jesus said, “It is written, ‘Man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” (Matthew 4:4 NET)
There is a fierce battle for our minds. Let’s take every thought captive, and make it obedient to Christ. Protect your mind. Your mind is special. This next text explains:
“What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us. This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words. The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit. The person with the Spirit makes judgments about all things, but such a person is not subject to merely human judgments, for, “Who has known the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.” 1 Corinthians 2:12-16 NIV