As a born again believer, besides renewing your mind, guarding your mind is essential. When you renew your mind, but don’t guard your mind, the renewing process, won’t or will hardly take place. Although you have become a new creation, you will remain a spiritual baby. You will not grow up into the image of Christ, and walk as a son of God.
Your mind determines your speech and actions
Everything you say and do, comes forth out of your mind. The human mind is responsible for every action. Because your mind determines your actions
When you were the old creation; the old man, you lived like the world. Because your mind was developed and controlled by the knowledge and wisdom of the world. You believed everything the world said and believed in the worldly knowledge and wisdom. Your mind was controlled by the world and determined your actions. The spirits of this world ruled and controlled your life and ensured, that you kept walking after the flesh in sin
The old creation walks in the lusts and desires of the flesh
and of the mind
And you hath He quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; Wherein in time past you walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now works in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others (Eph 2:1-3)
When you become born again in the spirit, your mind is still unrenewed. Therefore your mind is still worldly. You still speak and think like the world. Although you have become a new creation in the spirit, and you have been saved from death, because you have been transferred from death into life, your mind is still the same.
Due to the fact, that your mind determines your actions, it’s therefore important to renew your mind with the Word of God as soon as possible. So that you will think the way God thinks; that His thoughts become your thoughts, and your mind will become like Him.
As long as you don’t have ‘the mind of Christ’ you shall think like the world. And you know that as long as you think like the world, your actions will be the same as the world and you shall live like the world. Therefore, you shall stay carnal, and shall keep walking after the flesh.
Renewing your mind with the Word of God, implies first of all that you consider all the words of God as the truth. Because when you consider His Word as the truth, you will take His words, meditate upon them, believe them and apply them into your life, so that you shall walk in the Word.
Turn off the tap of the world
The more time you spend in God’s Word and with Him, the faster you will get to know Him and His will. When you apply His words in your life, you will walk according to His will. The next step is crucial and that’s to guard your mind. You have to guard your mind, so that your mind will not be defiled with the things of the world.
You can renew your mind with the Word of God, but if you don’t guard your mind and don’t close the tap of the world, then every word of God; every spiritual seed, that you plant into your spirit man, will die or will take longer before it will bear fruit.
You build your faith by believing the words of God, meditate on them and make them your own by applying them into your life. When you apply them into your life, you will walk in them.
When you walk after the Word, you will walk in faith after the Spirit. Faith is not tangible, and is not a science. If something has been ‘proven’, then it’s no longer faith. Faith is trusting in God the Almighty, believing His words and walk in His Word. His commandments represent His will. You should know, that the will of God is also the will of Jesus.
The devil doesn’t want you to renew your mind with the Truth; the Word of God, and walk as a son of God. Because that means that you will become a danger for him and his kingdom. That’s why he will do everything he can, to disrupt this process and destroy every seed; every word of God in your life. He will ensure that every seed will be destroyed so that you won’t bear any fruit.
What happens when you don’t guard your mind?
Guarding your mind is essential and a continuous process in your life. It will never stop! Every day, many dangers are lurking. Your job is to stay spiritually awake and guard your mind. So that your mind will not be defiled by the world. You have to guard your mind, so that no thought will enter your mind, that goes against the Word of God, and becomes a stronghold of the devil in your mind.
The devil wants to possess your mind. Because he knows, that your mind determines your actions and controls your tongue.
He wants you to stay carnal, and keep living as the old creation with the Adamic evil nature, who walks after the flesh in sin, just like the world.
That’s why it’s so important to turn off the tap of the world and guard your senses and your mind. If you open the tap of the world, than through your senses, your mind will be defiled by the wisdom, knowledge and spirits of this world.
The words of God will be affected and destroyed in your mind. You shall be led and controlled by the spirits of this world.
You shall doubt certain things, that are written in the Word of God. Maybe you think that they are ridiculous and old fashion. That’s because the Word of God is a spiritual Book, which reveals God’s Kingdom and His will and exposes the lies of the devil.
The natural world may change, but God’s Kingdom will never change and will always remain the same. The godly knowledge and wisdom opposes the worldly knowledge and wisdom. God’s wisdom will always strive against the world’s wisdom and vice versa. But it’s up to you, whom you will listen to and obey: the Word or the world? It’s important to be careful, what you look at, what you read, to whom you listen to, and with whom you spend your time and how you spend your time.
The attacks of the devil on the mind
The devil wants to keep you in his kingdom. He has great power in the media and entertainment industry and that’s why he uses these sources to enter the lives of many people. He enters the mind through television programs, series, documentaries, movies, commercials, music, games, newspapers, magazines, books, social media and so on. When you spend a lot of time watching television, and watch series and programs, that contain: living together, (premarital) sex, fornication, adultery, divorce, homosexuality, rebellion, lying, drugs, crime, combat sports, suicide, murder, cursing, sickness, disease, magic, witchcraft, sorcery, spirits, zombies etc. then eventually you will consider all these things as normal.
The more you feed your flesh, the weaker your spirit will be
The more you feed your mind with these things, the stronger your flesh will become and the weaker your spirit will be. The Word considers these things as sin; things that are against the will of God. But by watching these things, you shall become indifferent towards sin. You shall consider these sins as normal, and eventually shall tolerate and accept sin. Beside that, you should not forget, that you will also be a partaker of these sins, by watching these people committing them. And that’s not all! The spirits behind these sins, will enter your life and will cause a lot of trouble and misery in your life. Even if it wasn’t your intention, you have watched and therefore partaken. That’s why it’s important to guard your mind!
Be careful what you listen to
Music is also a powerful weapon the devil uses to enter the mind of people. Through all kinds of music, inspired by the kingdom of the devil, he misleads and deceives many people and occupy their minds. Once he has entered the mind of people, he will execute his destruction plan, by depressive and negative feelings, that will cause rebellion.
The melodies and lyrics do their work in the mind of the people and bring them in an unhappy state. They will be overwhelmed by dark depressive negative unclean thoughts, which they cannot control. They feel unhappy, unloved, and will drown themselves in self-pity.
The only way to get rid of these negative feelings and thoughts, is by listening to music again, so that the pleasant feelings will return. They’ll become addictive to music, and they can’t live without music. Yes, they constantly need music in their lives.
Even ‘christian’ music can have a negative influence on the mind of people. Music works and manipulates the soul, and not the spirit. You can sing spiritual songs out of your heart and out of your spirit, to the Lord, but that goes from the inside out and not from the outside in.
Guard your mind for books
There are many people, who can spend hours reading their favourite books. They read one book after the other, while they can’t hardly read the Bible for 10 minutes. They feed their mind with every word they read, and transfer these words into images and store them in their mind. There’s hardly any book, that doesn’t contain fantasies, misery, mistreatment, depression, sexual content, adultery, fornication, divorce, drugs, crime, witchcraft, magic, sickness, mental problems etc. The mind of the people, who read (fictional) books with this content, are being possessed by the world. They’ll get a twisted mind, that doesn’t correspond with the reality.
Books can be very dangerous. For example, when someone loves reading romantic novels, and spend hours a day reading one novel after the other, then this person shall consider the content and the romantic story lines as reality. The person shall create an unreal image of love, marriage and family life. Because of this false interception, the person can experience problems in life, because the reality and the truth, doesn’t correspond with the perfect fictional image that the person has creation by reading all these books. If the person want to lead a normal and happy life, then the person shall have to destroy all these strongholds; all these lies with the truth. This can only be done with the Word of God. The person needs to renew the mind with what the Word of God says about love, marriage and family life.
Guard your mind against false doctrines
But the devil not only works through the media and entertainment industry, to keep people in bondage. He also uses preachers and leaders of churches and congregations, who still love the world, and can’t let go of the world and live a carnal life. They mix the Word of God with the wisdom and knowledge of the world, and preach another gospel.
Most of them are charismatic speakers, who are talented with their speech. It all seems very promising and hopeful. Until storms will come and enter the lives of the believers, and they are being overwhelmed and can’t hardly stand. The reason why they can’t hardly stand against these storms, is because they haven’t been spiritually prepared. They have listened to messages that only promises prosperity instead of hardships. They haven’t been taught, how to deal with storms in life. Believers be careful and guard your mind against false doctrines. Don’t just take and accept any doctrine, that is preached, but always check if the doctrine lines up with the Word.
Don’t live like the world, but live like the Word
Through all these sources the devil tries to make the followers of Jesus Christ lukewarm. He tries to keep them away from the Word of God and prayer. As soon as the devil has entered the mind of a believer, he will ensure that the person becomes lukewarm, and indifferent, towards sin. He will cause the believer to live like the world.
But the Word says, that we shouldn’t become like the world and live like the world. But that we should renew our mind with the Word of God, so that we will become like the Word, and live like the Word; Jesus Christ.
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God (Rom 12:2)
The fruit of the flesh
When you feed your mind with the things of the world, you will feed your flesh. Because you cannot feed your spirit with the things of this world, that’s impossible.
When you don’t guard your mind, and feed your mind with worldly things and set your mind on the things of this world, then your thoughts, feelings and emotions shall direct your life. You shall be tossed to and fro. You shall be controlled by the flesh, instead of the Spirit. You shall not be happy, and shall experience an emptiness in your life.
The things you are missing in your life, shall become your point of focus. The more you focus upon what’s lacking, the more miserable you will become. This can lead to depression or even suicide. How many believers are there, who are not happy, have suicidal thoughts and even commit suicide?
Stay in the Word and experience the peace of God
But if you renew your mind with the Word of God and guard your mind, you shall stay in the Word. As long as you stay in the Word, you shall first of all experience a peace that passes all understanding. You shall not only experience a peace, but you shall be happy, joyful and satisfied. Because your life is in Him. You trust in the Lord, and keep your mind on Him. You know that He wants the best for your life.
And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus (Phil 4:7)
When you are not happy, and don’t’ experience any peace in your mind or if you are constantly being tortured and overwhelmed by fearful thoughts and anxieties, than it’s important to examine where you spend your time at. At what things do you dedicate your time to?
Do you spend your time in the Word? Or do you spend your time in the world and the things of the world? Do you feed your mind with the Word of God or do you feed your mind with television, movies, games, books, magazines, social media etc.?
You are responsible for the fruit in your life
The Word says, that if you are risen with Christ, that you should seek those things which are above, where Jesus Christ is seated.
If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth (Col 3:1-2)
But you also have a choice to seek those things, which are upon this earth, and which are of the world. You are responsible for the choices you make in your life, and no one else. You decide which fruit you will bear in your life.
‘Be the salt of the earth’