Since we are in a battle for our minds, our first line of defense is the Word of God. Every opinion, every article, every social media post—everything we consume that involves our minds—needs to be weighed against the knowledge of God. That may seem extreme, but the cost of believing the wrong thing is too great to risk doing otherwise.
We can’t, however, have a knowledge of God without seeking out God. And one of the primary ways we seek God is through His Word. If we believe, truly believe, that the Bible is God breathed (2 Tim. 3:16), then no book, article, or social media post can compare to the Word, which teaches us about our Savior, corrects our hearts, and trains us in righteousness.
It is tempting to run to other sources, even good resources, to give us what only God’s Word is equipped to give us. The Bible is inerrant, so everything else should be weighed against it.
The psalmists, in particular, seemed to focus on running to the Lord and meditating on His words day and night, as evidenced by Psalms 1:1–3; 16:8; 19:14; 104:34; and 119:15–16, to name a few. If we want to grow in discernment, we will want to fill ourselves with the truth of God’s Word. We can’t fight a battle without a weapon. In many ways, we must train our brains to be able to sift through the noise.
Really, the solution is easy. We don’t necessarily need to retreat from social media, and we definitely don’t want to stop reading books. These tools can be gifts that point us back to our Savior. But they are not the Word, and they can’t replace the Word.
So, what should we do? Delight in the law of the Lord day and night (Ps. 1:2). Read the Bible on a regular basis. Memorize verses about the character of God. Train your mind to discern what is true, pure, lovely, and admirable. Think on these things (Phil. 4:8).
Be ready to speak God’s truth to your heart and mind because you’ve already stored it up in your heart.