It used to be the Ladies Home Journal – today it’s Facebook. You know … those stories that start simply enough, “My headache turned out to be a brain tumor.” OR, “Young woman discovers constant hip pain is bone cancer.”
I used to read these stories and have major anxiety attacks. I’d start to think, “Oh my gosh, I have all those symptoms! Am I one headache away from a brain tumor? Is that liver spot melanoma? Is my stomach gas really colon cancer? Or … Insert disease of your choice here based on whatever current ache or pain you may currently be experiencing!
I’ve had to stop reading these Facebook news stories altogether. No good can come of them. I refuse to give the enemy any type of foothold when it comes to my mind and thought processes. If I allow myself to read the story of a woman who had her leg amputated as the result of an ingrown toenail, I’m liable to start panicking over every little hangnail.
The devil would like nothing more than for us to be in a constant state of panic or worry. He is a master manipulator who does his best work when we are fearful. With just a few simple suggestions he can easily convince us that we have a disease-ridden body, or any number of things as equally terrifying. If we don’t renew our minds on a daily basis we can easily be conformed to the thinking of this world (Romans 12:2). We can quickly fall into fear regarding our health, our marriages, our children, the future, financial ruin or any manner of life-changing disasters. We all have to remember -- there is a battle raging for control of our minds!
In addition to the daily renewal of our minds, we must put on the full armor of God DAILY as outlined in Ephesians 6:10-20. We must not lean on our own understanding but trust in the Lord ALWAYS as stated in Proverbs 3:5-6. For optimal protection against our minds, rather than taking in negative thoughts, we’d do well to ingest massive daily doses of Scripture. And seriously … let’s steer clear of those Facebook disaster news stories!
Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8 (NLT)