When I think of the Armor of God, I don’t think it was an accident that the piece of armor given to us when we’re saved is the Helmet. God knows we need to protect our mind from both outside and inside influences. Our minds are so powerful that if we don’t learn to control the outside influences and our internal thoughts, we can lose sleep, stress out, get sick, get stuck in a rut and invite all kinds of negativity into our lives. Our thoughts determine who we are and how we act. Without that helmet, there’s no protection for our minds. Without understanding the power of our thoughts, we may let our minds run free to jump to all kinds of conclusions. It’s imperative that we guard our thoughts and bring them captive to the obedience of Christ.
How do we do that though? The biggest thing we have to do is recognize when we’re following a chain of thoughts that are leading us down a rabbit hole. We must then disrupt the thoughts and challenge them. Are these thoughts true? Do they line up with what God says? If not, then replace them with the truth of God’s Word. When we change those thought patterns with God’s truth, we will begin to become renewed inwardly and that will reflect in our outwardly life. When we receive salvation, God transforms who we are. We become a new creation from the inside out, and it starts with how we think and see ourselves. Don’t fall back into your old way of thinking. Put a stop to the enemy by putting on the Helmet of Salvation and letting God finish the work He began in you.
Here are some Bible verses on protecting our mind.
1. Do not conform yourselves to the standards of this world, but let God transform you inwardly by a complete change of your mind. Then you will be able to know the will of God—what is good and is pleasing to him and is perfect.
Romans 12:2 GNT
2. Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.
Philippians 4:8-9 MSG
3. You will keep in perfect and constant peace the one whose mind is steadfast [that is, committed and focused on You—in both inclination and character], Because he trusts and takes refuge in You [with hope and confident expectation].
ISAIAH 26:3 AMP
4. Since a great price was paid for your redemption, stop having the mind-set of a slave.
1 Corinthians 7:23 TPT
5. Your hearts and minds must be made completely new, and you must put on the new self, which is created in God’s likeness and reveals itself in the true life that is upright and holy.
Ephesians 4:23-24 GNT
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5 responses to “Protecting Your Mind”
Great devotional Chris. I use to teach an Armor prayer to my first graders when I taught at Covenant Christian School. We memorized it and said it every morning after the Lord’s Prayer. Years later I had a bible study about Ephesians 6:11 and learned the first piece of armor Paul wrote to put on was The Belt of TRUTH. I too, started our prayer with the helmet thinking it was the key piece but in the Bible study I was reminded that God’s every Word is intentional & specific! So now when I say that prayer I start with Jesus, is the TRUTH and The WAY, help me to speak THE TRUTH in Love today, etc. I have a tendency to think I know what’s best sometimes, fancy that!, and was reminded of the inerrancy of God’s Word.
Not trying to be legalistic or anything but just obey, as I remember thinking,”I” think it would be better to start with the helmet piece😮!
Humm🤔! It makes sense to me now realizing the key piece of armor would be to place your trust in Jesus, THE truth, The life, & The way, your Savior.
Appreciate & learn SO much from your devotionals, Chris. You are a BLESSING.
He did say that we would know the TRUTH, And the TRUTH would set us free. Once free we are saved. Thanks for letting me know. I’m adjusting it.
Amen and on point.
Very correct. The word of God can help us protect and guide our line of thoughts. The enemy often manipulates the mind, but with the help of God’s word, we can be shielded.
Amen. Thanks for chiming in.