Developing A New Mindset While Living An Oxymoron
Posted on: January 23, 2013, by : Brandon Gilliland

There are many things that try to steal our attention and focus away from God. One of the hardest battles to face as a Christian is the battle of the mind. I believe Satan can begin to infiltrate our minds if we do not have a defense system in place.

Colossians 3:2

 

The more controlled your mind is, the easier it is to remain focused on God. Living in this world and trying to live for Christ at the same time is almost considered an oxymoron. The reality is that Christians live this oxymoron on a daily basis.

 

It is necessary to develop defenses to guard your mind on a daily basis.

 

God desires not for us to conform to the standards of the world, but to live serving Him and others. It is hard to live for God if your mind is filled with things that are not honoring to God.

 

“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”

-Romans 12:2

“For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.”

-Romans 8:5

There is no doubt that God desires us to live lives that don’t confirm to the world, but it is so hard to do. I believe that many Christians experience defeat because they have not guarded their minds. We face a daily battle, not a weekly battle. As Christians, we can not take time off and announce that we are going on vacation and expect no attacks. We have to always be on guard and aware that our enemy seeks to destroy us.

For this reason, God is willing to be our defense…but in order to experience victory, you have to keep your mind guarded.

Guarding Your Mind and Developing a New Mindset

 

At this point, you might be asking…”How do I guard my mind?” Here are a few tips that I’ve found to be helpful:

 

Identify Your Weaknesses– Only you know what makes you struggle. These are the things that Satan will use to bring you down. You will usually not be attacked in the strong areas because these are the hardest to take down. Instead, you will be attacked in the weak areas of your life. It is important to make these weaker areas stronger.

Spend Time With God– The days I don’t spend time in prayer are usually my roughest days. It is crazy to think that you can live for God without spending any time with Him. God desires a relationship with you, but this relationship can’t grow if you don’t put any effort into it.

Listen to Christian Music– This is a touchy area for many. I personally, do not choose to listen to any music that is not Christian. If it does not promote the name of God or points people to Him, then I have no desire to listen to it. The majority of music today is filthy and perverted. Just look up the lyrics to some of the popular hits! The sad part is that many individuals do not even realize what they are listening to.

One interesting thing about the brain is that it is the control center for one’s body. A slight chemical change could throw off your entire body. Your brain is highly complex and organized. Without going into a mini neurology lesson, your brain does more than you think. The lyrics that enter your ears are processed by your brain. Whether you think you understand them or not, your brain certainly does. For this reason, it is extremely important to listen to things that cause you to grow more in your relationship with Christ, not the stuff that will bring you down.

Establish Accountability– It is hard to live the Christian life on your own. For this reason, it is always smart to establish accountability in your life.

 

What steps have you taken to guard your mind? Feel free to share your tips and stories in the comments!

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  • Great post.
    Earlier I read a post about how the things we listen to most come out of us. Both your post and the one earlier remind me of the old saying, “Show me your friends and I’ll show you your future.”

    One way I guard my mind is to stay connected to Godly people via church, blogging and so on. I can’t ignore the world, but I can make sure I’m tuned in with God’s love on a regular basis. 

    •  I haven’t heard that saying before, but it is so true! I totally agree with you. Having Christian accountability is important. I’m currently subscribed to about 30 Christian blogs that I read almost daily. They really help encourage me. Your blog certainly encourages others!

      Keep up the great work!

  • Angelia

    Good article! I believe the music area is so touchy because people just don’t want to give up listening to what they want. They may know that it is bad, but ignore it. For people whose weak point is music, like me, not listening to worldly music is crucial. I’m not going to lie and say I never listen to worldly music, but when I’m not listening to it is when my mind is more focused on God and less of myself. Thanks for writing!

  • Good stuff Brandon. I guard my mind by watching what I put into it and evaluating what goes in. 

    • Simple and true! I totally agree with you. Thanks for stopping by to share!

  • Morgan Crutchfield

    This is great. Controlling our thoughts directly feeds into our actions. Personally, keeping my thoughts positive helps me to keep the joy in my heart that God has already given me.

  • This is such an important topic! We must guard our minds and hearts. Great points!

  • Good stuff.  We should guard our minds.  I have my weak spots I’m working on, but I also think we can go too far.  If we are too guarded, we may miss stories, information, and content, that may seem negative, but used properly can help us and others grow.  

    • Great thoughts! In response to saying that we can be too guarded, I wasn’t referring to news and stuff like that. I believe that there is a difference between guarded and just over-protected. You brought up a great point though! We definitely need to be in guard at all times, but also realize that we live in a messed up world.
      Thanks for your comment!

  • I agree it is important to guard your mind.  great post.

  • Courtney Bridges

    I love this post!!

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