At this time of the year 2 types of congestion appear, one that attacks our body and another which tries our patience. The text book definition refers to being blocked up or too full of something. As winter colds begin to develop within heads and sinuses, holiday traffic can elicit fits of anger or road rage. Either one of these symptoms can result in a congested mind.
See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ, Colossians 2:8.
In the other 3 seasons of the year, the mind is under assault by opposing world views seeking to convert you to their ideology. College professors do this through philosophy, challenging freshman to question their religious beliefs. Unfortunately, a growing numbers of Christians abandon their faith before graduating, undoing the family values instilled by parents in less than 4 years. Instead of dealing with this congestion, minds often cave into peer pressure.
Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour, 1 Peter 5:8.
Today, if you’re healthy, just driving to and from work can give you a headache. Whether its people with cell phones in their lap talking or texting, its miracle that more people don’t get into accidents. Anyway, the apostle Paul urges believers to be sober-minded, aware of the schemes of the devil. If not you will suffer from a congested mind, likely falling prey to an enemy seeking to devour lost and lonely souls.
by Jay Mankus