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I Can’t Get That Out Of My Brain

We are very vulnerable to all kinds of things that can adversely affect us or the things we use daily.  Viruses have afflicted humans since the beginning of time.  Once computers were so much a part of our existence, viruses were created that could do enormous damage to massive interconnected electronic devices containing billions of bites of stored information.

The human mind is extremely susceptible to many kinds of insidious, destructive, and “demonic malware” that can implant itself and create deviancies that cripple one’s capability to reason clearly.  Scripture repeatedly warns us:

 Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. (Prov.4:23).  Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewal of your mind.  (Romans 12:2). And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.  (Phil.4:7).

According to an October 29, 1994, story from the Reuters news agency, a Chinese woman named Zhang Meihua began to suffer mysterious symptoms when she turned twenty. She was losing the ability to nimbly move her legs and arms. Doctors could not find the cause, and the symptoms continued.

Two decades passed, and Zhang began to also suffer from chronic headaches. Again, she sought help from the doctors. This time a CAT scan and an X ray found the source of the woman’s mysterious symptoms. A rusty pin was lodged in her head. The head of the pin was outside the skull, and the shaft penetrated into her brain. Doctors performed surgery and successfully extracted the pin.

The Xinhua news agency reported the doctors expressed amazement that the woman “could live for so long a time with a rusty pin stuck in her brain.” After noting the position of the pin in her skull, they speculated that the pin had entered her skull sometime soon after birth and before her skull had hardened. Zhang, now fully recovered, said she “had no memory of being pierced by a pin in the head.”

Like the rusty pin in that woman’s brain, unwholesome thoughts, bad attitudes, and painful memories can lodge in our minds and cause chronic problems. God tells us to renew our minds.

The mind is one of the favorite targets of Satan.  The LORD warned us in His Word, “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.”    So, we must be ever vigilant to guard against those “little” sinful thoughts that intrude.  If they can gain a place of continual attention, habitual thoughts create actions.   Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.  (1 Peter 5:8).