We are inundated daily with ads and commercials that project what the world sees as “perfect” or “right” or “complete” and especially politically correct. Signs and billboards, TV, movies, magazines, newspapers, online and offline, they are wherever we look in our daily life.
It’s the stuff we need to train ourselves to immediately ignore, look away from, and avoid. Sometimes that’s easier said than done.
Working in the field of high-speed Internet, I often worked on computers and laptops in setting up connectivity, email, etc., for customers. And occasionally a less-than-decent wallpaper or screen saver would be there. As quickly as I could, I would change the settings so I didn’t have to look at those. And though it might not have been the best customer service, I didn’t usually tell the customer I had changed it– if they put it on there (it wasn’t there when they bought the computer), then they could put it back if that’s what they wanted.
I never did hear from my superiors that a customer had called in and complained about that.
Our brains are wired directly to our eyes (that’s kind of a joke). But the brain and eyes work in concert faster than any super computer and camera ever will be able to, and what’s more, the brain stores what the eyes see instantly.
In a traumatic situation, the built-in coping mechanism built into our psychic may bury those images deep within our subconscious, to the point of not being able to extract them at will.
But in some instances, unwillingly on our part, those images become fodder for Satan’s attacks against us.
What started me on this train of thought is Romans 12:2: “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
Sometimes getting exposed to an unwanted image just happens. But if we are always aware of where we are, what we’re doing, who is around us, we are more likely able to prevent that from happening.
When it does happen — and unless you live under a rock, it will — God’s Word tells us how to deal with it, like Romans 12:2. “…renew your mind…”
Philippians 4:8: “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
Paul said in 2 Corinthians 10:5 “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;”
James 4:7: “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”
And pray Psalm 51:10: “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.”
I have a song I sing when I’m really being attacked by Satan; when he’s hammering me with doubts and misgivings about anything and everything, it helps me through those times:
“Jesus loves me, this I know,
For the Bible tells me so.
Little ones to Him belong;
They are weak but HE IS STRONG.”
Yes! Jesus loves me!
Yes! Jesus loves me!
Yes! Jesus loves me, the Bible tells me so!