The Word or the World?

We are in the midst of a battle… a spiritual battle for the mind. Satan is trying to reach our minds though the world. God is trying to reach our minds through the Word. Satan’s method is deceit and his target is the mind. Satan attacks the minds of unbelievers (2 Cor 4:3-4). Satan attacks the minds of believers (2 Cor 11:2-3). On the other hand, God wants to renew our minds though the influence and power of the Word (Mt 4:4; Rom 12:1-2).
What are you feeding your mind? Are you feeding your mind on the world… with positions God has not given, possessions God has not provided, and pleasures God has not sanctioned. Or are you feeding your mind on the Word of God… the inspired, inerrant, sacred Word of God.
We can set our affections on things here on earth… on things temporal and sensual; or we can set our affection on things above… on things eternal and spiritual. One of the keys to setting our affection on things above is setting our minds on the Word of God!
Jesus commands us to abide in the Word. Let’s feed on our minds on the Word of God… then we will know the truth. As Sir Winston Churchill said, “Truth is incontrovertible. Panic may resent it; ignorance may deride it; malice may distort it; but there it is.” God’s Word is truth!
God wants the Word to dwell in us richly in all wisdom. John R. Mott was right when he wrote; to do God’s work we must have God’s power. To have God’s power we must know God’s will. To know God’s will we must study God’s Word! The Word of God can be a lamp to our feet and a light to our path?
Samuel Chadwick rightly points out, “No man is uneducated who knows the Bible and no one is wise who is ignorant of its teachings.” It is possible to be worldly wise and still be foolish. It is through time invested in the word of God that we gain the wisdom that is from above!
Time invested in God’s word leads to true wisdom. Time invested in God’s Word leads to changed lives. Time invested in God’s Word produces fruit and glorifies God. T. B. Matson was right on target when he said; The Christians who have turned the world upside down have been men and women with a vision in their hearts and the Bible in their hands.”
If we want to be victorious in this spiritual battle for the mind, we must give a very high priority to time invested in the Word of God! Thomas Guthrie gives us this challenge: If you find yourself loving any pleasure better than your prayers, any book better that the Bible, any house better than the house of God, and table better than the Lord’s table, any person better than Christ, any indulgence better than the hope of heaven – take alarm!
Be sober and alert…Satan is like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour! 1 Peter 5:8.
We can be victorious in the spiritual battle for the mind… if we personally regularly invest time reading, studying, and applying the Word of God to our lives!

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