1 Peter 1: 13 – 16
Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.
I would like to ask a question. Are we prepared to fight the battle for our minds?
Where do most of our attacks come from? Our thoughts! Some of the craziest things come to my mind. Satan brings doubt, discouragement, fear and anything else that could distract me. This goes on all the time.
What most people don’t recognize is that there is a “Battle” being fought every day. That battle is for the control of our mind. I say sometimes that whoever controls our thoughts and the actions that are expressed through those thoughts wins. Even though our sin separates us from God, he put into our heart a desire for the “Truth”. So Satan will at all costs try to skew, confuse and deny absolute truth divinely placed before us by God. Whether it is Creation, Salvation, Jesus’ Deity, Marriage or living a holy life before God. Satan will try to confuse. But we have God’s Word to give us the Truth! So, “How do we fight”?
Peter addresses this issue and how we fight this battle. In 1 Peter 1:13 – 16 he writes, “Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.
Gird up the loins of your mind? What in the world does that mean? In that time many wore long flowing robes and before a man would go on their travels or prepare to do the work for the day they would pull up the robe and cinch it tight with a rope or belt so they would have ease of movement. So Peter is saying, “Hey, tighten up”! Don’t be loose in your thinking.
In Ephesians 6 the Apostle Paul uses the same terminology, though worded a little different than what Peter used in his letter in the first part of verse 14, “Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth”. Paul wrote this while under house arrest in Rome chained to a Roman guard. Do you think Paul got a little inspiration as he looked over at that Roman guard to encourage the believers in Ephesus to fight the battle for their minds and for truth? This is used in a fashion of being prepared. First, being prepared with the belt of truthfulness so we can combat the lies that Satan throws at us. Paul warns us over and over to be prepared for battle as he talks about putting on the whole Armor of God in Ephesians 6.
Paul again tells us in 2 Corinthians Chapter 10:3-6 that we are in a war.
3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh. 4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds, 5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ. 6 And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.
In Romans Chapter 12 verse 2 Paul emphasizes that we are to be “Transformed by the renewing of our minds”. Why is that so important? As we look through scripture I believe we will see that our minds are the battlefield for truth. Where do most of our actions and responses towards situations in our life start? In our minds! It starts with a thought and that is where Satan will attack us.
We see something with our eyes or hear something with our ears but our response to that begins in our mind. In the letter written by James we read in verses 14 and 15, “But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death”. As Satan attacks our mind we must fight against the thoughts that can rage against us.
But we cannot fight if we are not prepared or if we are loose in our thinking. Don’t give Satan any provision! Take those thoughts captive that are not of truthfulness from the Bible and throw them away. The Word of God is an offensive weapon. So fight against these attacks and live so we may glorify the Lord Jesus Christ.
In Christ Alone,