Healing Choice: Protecting Your Mind
by Rick Warren
"We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the
knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to
Christ" (2 Corinthians 10:5 NIV).
Your mind is a special gift from God. It can potentially store 100 trillion
thoughts. And it is a tool that God wants to use in your ministry to fulfill his
That's why we have to be choosy. We have to control what--or who--we allow into
our minds. What's true of computers is true with humans--garbage in, garbage
The Bible says there are five things that we are to guard against:
1. We are to guard our minds against false teaching--The Bible encourages us to
contend for, "The faith which was once and for all delivered to the saints"
(Jude 1:3 NKJ). That means the Gospel message that's been passed down for 2,000
years. How do you guard your mind against false teachings? Know the truth. If
you know the truth, you can instantly spot a lie. Treasury agents are not
trained to detect counterfeiting by handling counterfeit bills. They give them
real bills and study them so well that when a counterfeit dollar bill is put in
their hands, they immediately know that it's false.
2. We are to guard our minds against temptation--Psalm 101:3 says, "I will not
set before my eyes anything that is worthless" (ESV). That's a good verse to put
on your television. When was the last time you actually got up and switched
channels because what you were seeing was worthless? When I start to feel
tempted, I often say, "Lord, I mentally put on the helmet of salvation that
Scripture talks about in Ephesians 6:17." What does a helmet do? It protects my
mind. When I do this, I'm saying, "Lord, I want you to cover my mind with your
blood. I will be guarding my mind from temptation."
3. We are to guard our minds against counterfeit spiritual experiences--Galatians
1:6-8 says even if an angel tells you something different than what the Word of
God says, don't believe him.
4. We are to guard our minds against pride--Pride is the sin that God judges
quicker than any other single sin. Aaron got prideful, and God smote him. Uzziah
got prideful, and God smote him. Pride is the sin that got Satan kicked out of
Heaven. People will tell you things that will puff you up. You have to remain
humble and not let pride enter your mind.
5. We are to guard against an overworked mind--We strain our minds too much by
overwork. This can cloud our ability to make sound judgments. That's why we need
to have a day of rest every week.