Monday, 15 April 2013

A Flourishing Mind Feeds of Life Giving Thoughts

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.  Ephesians 6:10-17

John Ortberg
 In his book The Me I Want to Be, John Ortberg states all too well what we know about what influences our thoughts.  He writes “In this world we are being bombarded by a steady stream of messages from the media, our husbands/wives, books, iPads., smart phones, movies, TV, friends and family, etc. — and from our own thoughts. Our mind will be shaped by whatever we feed it while the Evil One tries to (feed) our mind when we’re not looking. He will put depression in our thoughts at breakfast, sprinkle temptation in our mind at noon, and slip us a worry sandwich when it’s time for bed.

Many of us take too lightly the existence of a real enemy, i.e. Satan.  The fact that Jesus believed in him is evidence enough for me.  The Evil One would like nothing better than for us to deny or ignore his existence.  Our minds are the battle field on which this war is fought.  Remember “he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” 1John 4:4

So how can we win this battle?  Be in the Word regularly.  Memorize Scripture and meditate on God’s word.  As Ortberg so cleverly states it, “if you are able to worry, you are able to meditate.

Pilots have a check list to go through before taking off as do those who pack their own parachutes, in each case their advance preparation is critical.   So too we should use Ephesians 6:10-17 before we “take off” or “jump out” into our day to prepare ourselves for what the day has in store.

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