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Meditation and the Battle of the Mind (14 of 18)
Series: Simple Faith
The mind is the guardian of the heart. This is why we are commanded to renew our minds daily111. We are also instructed to do this by washing and renewing in the Word of God112. The Bible speaks much about renewing the mind and not allowing ourselves to be conformed to this world.
The corruption of the world around us is inescapable. It's impossible to live without being exposed to the influences that challenge our walk of faith. Even driving down the highway exposes us through billboards, signs, and even vehicles painted with seductive advertisements. Radio, TV, and everyday life challenges the moral standard of the Christian life. For this reason, we must be active in our spiritual state of mind. Consider the words of Paul in Romans 7:22-23
22 For I delight in the law of God according to the inward man.
23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.
Don't be surprised when you struggle. Though our soul has been redeemed from sin, we remain in a corrupt body which groans for its day of redemption113. Even the apostles, those closest to Christ and given the power to lay the foundation of the church, were not exempt from this struggle. They may have had a special calling, but they were no different than you and I. They, too, strove against temptation in their quest for a holy life.
No one is above temptation and no one can breeze through life without wrestling against the flesh. We all strive to conform to the standard God has empowered us to stand upon. The Apostle Paul expressed the groaning of his soul by acknowledging that his natural tendency was to do what was wrong and neglect what is right. Even more disconcerting is his statement that sin in his flesh wars against his mind, trying to bring him back into the captivity of his old lifestyle. I say dis ...
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