I fall into the trap daily, hourly…the trap of my own mind.
Thoughts creep in and I listen, somehow thinking that what ever my mind comes up with is worth listening to.
I think I’m right, because everywhere I look the world is screaming the same message…Follow your heart.
And every time, somewhere down the path of following my heart, I find myself desperately broken and totally lost. Because my heart isn’t worth following. Your heart isn’t worth following.
Somewhere along the way, our pride has tricked us into thinking that our earthbound, temporary view of things is strong enough to guide us correctly through life and into eternity.
But you don’t have to look hard to find God saying something very different.
“The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it?” Jeremiah 17:9 (NKJV)
And we think this life is a game to win or lose without any real consequences, when we’re really on a battle field, fighting for our very lives.
The battle isn’t good people and bad people.
The battle isn’t us against them.
The battle isn’t you verses the world.
The battle is you fighting you. The battle is fought in our minds and the battle is won and lost over who we will choose to follow…ourselves or God.
“Therefore, since Christ suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same mind…” 1 Peter 4:1a (NKJV)
Our mindset is armor, and this is war.
What mindset will you choose?
What voices will you decide to listen to?
What truth will you follow?
This life isn’t a game board, it’s a battle ground.
And you can’t expect to win a battle without armor.
And you can’t expect to win a war without a plan.
I battle in my mind a lot. I think we all do. And our enemy knows exactly what thoughts to put into our hearts and minds to derail us.
But we aren’t fighting this battle on our own.
“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind…” Romans 12:2a (NKJV)
Our hearts might be deceitful, but we have access to truth. The world might be shouting lies at us everyday, but we have unlimited access to the Source of Truth.
We have the ability to renew our minds.
We have the ability to arm ourselves with a right mindset.
We have the ability to put on a perspective based on truth.
Will we turn to the Truth for a right perspective?
Will we read God’s Word to learn truth?
Will we meditate on the Bible to consistently refresh and reset our minds?
Will we use the armor we’ve been given?
Because our mindset is armor, and this is war.