We’ve all heard the statement, “You are what you eat.” It turns out the same is true with our minds: we are what we think. In his fascinating book, “Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains,” Nicholas Carr points out that research shows that the extensive amount of time most of us spend on the internet (and other “screens”) is actually restructuring our thoughts, mental processes, and even the physiology of our brains. As Carr writes, “We become, neurologically, what we think.”
What we are “taking in” to our minds may be the most formative thing about us. This is all incredibly important, and so it shouldn’t be surprising to see in Scripture that God cares deeply about our minds! In fact, Jesus said the greatest commandment was, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.” Our ability to obey the greatest commandment is affected by what we are taking into our minds.
Perhaps this is why God instructs us in Romans 12:2, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind…”
The Scriptures teach us that there is an epic battle raging for our minds. The “whole world lies under the power of the Evil One,” who is Satan, and the Bible says this same world is inundating our minds with sensuality, lust, greed, pride, and materialism. Our minds are the gateway into our hearts. This is how the Enemy infiltrates us. Satan has employed countless workers, websites, TV shows, songs, and images in order to capture our minds. Why? Because he knows that we will become what we see and think.
This is why at Pleasant Valley Community Church, beginning on Monday, July 17, we are journeying together on a 14-Day Mind Renewal Boot Camp.
This boot camp will consist of four components:
- A complete detox from social media and television.
- Daily Bible readings from our Mind Renewal Boot Camp Devotional Guide.
- Fasting from two meals every Tuesday during the boot camp.
- Corporate prayer at Legion Park on Tuesdays at noon.
We would love to have you join us on this two-week journey to renew our minds. God created our minds to be filled with goodness– with things that are pure and lovely. When our minds begin to intentionally replace the “junk” of this world with the beauty of God’s Word, our souls will finally learn to be at rest, and we will see that the pleasure found in God is greater than any pleasure found in this world.