How do we keep our mind? Colossians 3:2 says, “Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.” Set means to direct our mind to. Another way to say it would be to commit our thoughts to align with Scripture.
Our thoughts come from our heart which is our belief center. Proverbs 4:23 says, “Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life.”
Keeping our mind is a lot like housekeeping. I just vacuumed the baseboards in my bedroom, then the floor. Guess what I found when I lifted up my mini trampoline? A whole host of dust bunnies!
What hides in our mind is not always evident on the surface. Personally, I discovered in 1993, that not all thoughts were of my own origin. In Ephesians 6:16, Paul disclosed a truth that we need to heed. The wicked one shoots fiery darts. They are ‘thoughts’ not of our own origin ~ lies designed to control us.
If we are not keeping our mind, they will slip past us, penetrate, and set up an inner stronghold. All demonic shaped strongholds oppose God’s ways and His will. They are strategically buried so that we don’t realize that we are being controlled from our thoughts.
How do we recognize a hidden lie? The Holy Spirit will finger them as we read through our Bible. In Acts 20:27 Amplified it says of Paul, “For I never shrank or kept back or fell short from declaring to you the whole purpose and plan and counsel of God.”