Mind Your Mines, Mine Your Mind (Use This)

During the 1982 war between Britain and Argentina over 30,000 land mines were laid in the Falklands. Since that time most of the 25,000 mines have been cleared by a demining team of approximately 100 experts from Zimbabwean. They worked mostly in the winter to avoid disrupting penguins in the area. Most mines have been cleared by an extensive prolonged process. 

Battlefields around the world have left similar danger zones. These hidden devices cause death and destruction when disrupted by unsuspecting persons. Special techniques and protective devices are essential for use by de-mining personnel.

In spiritual warfare Satan has strewn the land with hidden dangers. Our loving Lord knowing this has provided armor for His followers.

If you have hidden mines, that is, explosive issues and know it, avoid setting them off. 

Focuses on warfare of spirit knowing, “The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 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.” (II Corinthians 10:4-5)

Carrying the analogy further most persons know their mines, that is, their spiritual battlefield. They know their spiritual traps. They are aware where they should not tread. In physical warfare the object is to avoid the mines.

Like hidden mines in a battlefield Satan disguises the hidden danger with enticing cover. Therefore,  “….let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us,….” (Hebrews 12: 1) A “weight” is not a sin, but basically a good thing that serves as a conditioning attitude or action that can be a prelude to sin and its explosive conduct. It is a good thing leading to a bad thing.

There are some things that are neither good nor bad. It depends on how we relate to them. As I Corinthians 6: 12 indicates they are lawful, but not helpful. Of themselves they are neither good nor bad. Discerning how they are to be used is the critical issue. 

In physical warfare no one is likely to deliberately step on a mine. To be most effective the mine has to be hidden or designed to deceive. Enticement makes some of the most destructive ones. They are very dangerous, but are made to look attractive. Satan is no less cunning than a military officer in knowing to deceive persons. He is a deceiver. “There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.” (Proverbs 14: 10)

Most people know where the spiritual mines are on their battlefield. Avoid them.

Follow the Lord Jesus who leads through mine free green pastures for His name sake and your joy.