The Battle for Our Minds

Media is a powerful tool that can invoke emotions, messages, and even send corrupt communications of influence to affect our thoughts and gain direct access to our minds.

“Those who would not fall a prey to Satan’s devices, must guard well the avenues of the soul; they must avoid reading, seeing, or hearing that which will suggest impure thoughts.  The mind must not be left to dwell at random upon every subject that the enemy of souls may suggest.  The heart must be faithfully sentineled, or evils without will awaken evils within, and the soul will wander in darkness.” Acts of the Apostles, p. 518

Psychologists also have studied the effects that outside influences can have on our cognition (or rather our thinking) and behavior.  Albert Bandura, a renown psychologist, produced the Social Cognitive theory. He directed his initial research to the role of social modeling in human motivation, thought, and action. The initial phase of Bandura’s research analyzed the foundations of human learning and the propensity of children and adults to imitate behavior observed in others, in particular, aggression. He found that models are an important source for learning new behaviors and for achieving behavioral change.

Question:  Are the children of this world truly wiser than the children of light?

Please take the time to think about this concept.  A person decides to buy a game or a video where the lead character or characters commit an immoral behavior.  They watch the video and that particular behavior (or sin) shown in the media outlet has now been imprinted as motivation, or thought in our minds and could be conveyed as an action later on.  Can we now see why there are so many activist calling for stricter bans on violent video games and movies promoted to children and youth?  Also think about how violence, sexual immorality and other indecent acts have risen almost proportionally or rather exponentially to what is seen nowadays on TV.

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 “Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.” – 1 Corinthians 15:33

Jesus truly did understand this principle as he was the master Teacher.  That is why in the book of 1 Peter 2:21-23, the apostle tells us that “For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:  Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:” Christ understood are nature more than anyone which is why He exhorts us to learn of Him rather than of this world.  Some may argue that although they may watch violence it doesn’t make them violent.  This may be true, but what it does it desensitizes us to sin so that we no longer abhor it or detest it like we have been commanded to.  This may also lend to the fact why most churches cannot agree on whether victory over sin is achievable. Ask yourself this, can victory over sin ever be achieved if we enjoy watching it, listening to it, or even reading it?

In Deuteronomy 7:26 we are told not to “bring an abomination into thine house, lest thou be a cursed thing like it: but thou shalt utterly detest it, and thou shalt utterly abhor it; for it is a cursed thing.”

So ask yourself, “Are the things that I am watching, listening too, reading or enjoying, things that God considers to be detestable?”   Does it have cursing, because the bible let no corrupt communication come out of your mouth, Does it have murder, sexual immorality, witchcraft? Does it glorify or normalize the things that the bible condemns?Really think about it and ask, Am I enjoying seeing other people sin?  In Romans 1:32, Paul states that we are just as guilty as the person committing the act if we find pleasure in them doing the act.  This is why David could make the powerful statement “I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes” Psalm 101:3

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We are in the last days, and we have to remember that Satan is doing everything in his power to divert the minds of God’s children from Him, and also to be found living contrary to His character. This is why we are told in Colossians 3:1,2 to “seek those things that are above…{to} Set [our] minds on things [in heaven], not on things on the earth.”  Lest satan should get an advantage over us: for we are not ignorant of his devices. 2 Cor. 2:11

What tools do you think Satan will use in order to deceive us?  We are told that he deceived a third of the holy angels who dwelt in the presence of God.  That he deceived our first parents who talked to God face to face.  What do you think he can do to us? On our own we are no might for him, which is why we must deny ourselves and also our passions, AFFLICT our souls and commit our lives to Christ.

“The righteousness of Christ will not cover one cherished sin. A man may be a law-breaker in heart; yet if he commits no outward act of transgression, he may be regarded by the world as possessing great integrity. But God’s law looks into the secrets of the heart. Every act is judged by the motives that prompt it. Only that which is in accord with the principles of God’s law will stand in the judgment.”- {COL 316.2}

Remember, what the beloved apostle John said. “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world.  If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.  For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, is not of the Father, but is of the world.” 1 John 2:15, 16

Are you ready for that day of Judgment?  Are you ready to stand at the seat of Christ?  When our names come up will our record bear the love for sin, or will it bear the pure love and character of Jesus Christ?

God Bless,

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