Protect Your Mind

My mother once told me it was not a good idea to walk through life with my “heart on my sleeve.” She meant that if live my life easily offended, I’d never be happy.

When Solomon wrote in Ecclesiastes 10 about having your heart in your right hand, he didn’t mean the same thing my mother meant.

Solomon wrote, “A wise man’s heart is at his right hand, but a fool’s heart at his left,” (Ecclesiastes 10:2 NKJV). Solomon had been making a contrast between the actions of the spiritually foolish and the wise. Most warriors hold a sword in the right hand. The right hand, therefore, was a symbol of power and defense.

A spiritually wise man remembers to protect his heart (or mind). The fool doesn’t care what takes possession of his thinking.

The Apostle Paul wrote, “For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ,” (2 Corinthians 10:4-5 ESV).

“Taking every thought captive to obey Christ” is a good way to protect our minds from the onslaught of all the evil philosophies and wicked things in the world. A.W. Tozer wrote, “America has lost its ability to blush.” A drought of Bible thinking and conduct has caused many to lose sight of spiritually important things and adopted evil as the way. We must not allow ourselves to be swept along with it.

Paul wrote, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect,” (Romans 12:2 ESV). Don’t allow the world to force you into its mold. Protect your mind.

#heart, #mind, #protection