We only guard things that are valuable to us.
Every believer knows that our hearts and our minds are our most precious assets.
The heart is where all our dreams, all our desires and all our passions live. It’s who we truly are — and all our actions, our words and our thoughts overflow from our hearts.
The mind is where ideas are inspired, where our memories are stored,
and our thoughts are processed. The human mind is so very complex —
a wonderful work of engineering by our Magnificent Creator.
The heart and mind are also where our enemy will attack us first.
In John 8:44, Jesus said that Satan is “a liar, and the father of all lies”. He has many weapons in his arsenal to attack us with, but his greatest weapon is deception:
Rehashing mistakes we have made;
Revisiting sinful events from our past;
Reliving painful memories from our past;
Thinking of ourselves first and not serving others;
Thinking more importantly of ourselves than we ought;
Over-indulging in pleasures because we think we “deserve it”.
For these reasons, we NEED to stay in God’s Word. In the book of James,
the author wrote about when we face trials and temptations:
When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.”
For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone;
but each person is tempted when they are dragged
away by their own evil desire and enticed.
Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin;
and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.
James 1:13-15 (NIV)
Did you notice how James said “when” we will be tempted and not “if”?
We need to constantly be on guard because our enemy DOES seek to
devour us (1 Peter 5:8). Be strong against the attacks of your mind by staying
in His Word so you can protect your valuables from his schemes.