Thoughts: What You Fill Your Mind With

You Are What You Fill Your Mind With

“Some Christians allow the world to fill their minds with ungodly thinking. Some people seem drawn to concentrate on the negative, choosing to be pessimistic about everything. Some remain satisfied with thinking of the mundane. Others fail to intentionally place Scripture in their thoughts, choosing instead to adopt human reasoning. Others, however, choose to expose their minds to the truths of God – to that which is true, noble, just, pure, lovely, and good.

The things you allow your mind to dwell on will be revealed by the way you live.  If you focus on negative things, you will inevitably be a negative person.  If you allow unholy thoughts to fill your mind, ungodliness will become common in your life.  If you fill your mind with thoughts of Christ, you will become Christ-like. What you fill your mind with is a matter of choice. Choose to concentrate on the magnificent truths of God, and they will create in you a noble character that brings glory to God.” ~from Experiencing God, H. Blackaby

S – Scripture:

Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—-meditate on these things.
Philippians 4:8

Matthew 12:34 (New Living Translation) “You brood of snakes! How could evil men like you speak what is good and right? For whatever is in your heart determines what you say.”

O – Observation:

 

Many people think if they don’t “act” on the things that they fill their mind with, then it’s ‘okay’ to continue filling their mind with that same information. I’ve had lengthy discussions with people who say it’s ok to watch things like soap operas, television shows, read romance novels etc – all of which contribute to the values of this world.

The world’s view – which I’ve commented on in the past – is just that, the world’s view. The world says it’s ok to break the commandments of the bible and to do what the majority of the population is doing – do what feels good – not what is right and expected and pleasing to God. Because of this, we need to think about what we fill our mind with. It’s not easy. I noticed over the years that my mind would deem it acceptable behavior (whatever was going on around me) based on what I was watching on TV, or exposed to in the news, and especially the people I was hanging out with.  I needed a positive environment. I stopped watching a lot of regular television programs and only saw Food Network and Home and Garden. I even stopped watching the news as it was filling my mind with stuff I didn’t want to dwell on.

Not long ago, friends of mine, along with many other Christians were fascinated with a so-called love story of a vampire and whatever else I’m not sure. It wasn’t of God. These people described their interest as a love story, nothing more.  However there seemed to be an unhealthy obsession that wasn’t of God. My question to them is, what does the bible say about vampires? How does that mind occupation with these books and movies and actors – help them to grow closer to the Lord? Sure I have interests that are not based on biblical study. I watch things like the Food Network, and like Mickey Mouse, but it’s not devil worship. Nor do I have a morbid relation to people sucking the blood life out of others. 

In addition, I give ample time to studying the bible and doing things that edify my growth to my family and Christ. I believe that if something or someone – draws you away from your family, your responsibilities, and Christ – we need to refocus on why this thing or person is so important and work on that issue – not delve deeper into the fantasy of escape.

If you’re interested on what the bible says about vampires here’s an interesting reply from gotquestions.org click here to read more: http://www.gotquestions.org/vampires.html What’s interesting to note, not only young tween girls are affected by the lore of the story, but young women, both single and married need to search their lives and see if this applies to their life and walk with Christ.

It’s interesting to note – if you study the bible the same about of time that you spend on your other “choices” of mind dwelling – that the Word of God will win – allow God to dwell in your heart and mind.

A – Application:

I can apply these scriptures to my life by remembering that everything I do, observe, and absorb – are things that I meditate on. It may not be my intention to stop and ponder on the many things that I am willingly and unwillingly exposed to in my daily life; however I will balance myself by dwelling in the Word of God daily – through devotions, biblical teachings, readings, radio programs – so that I can draw closer to the Lord and focus on the things of the Lord.

P – Prayer:

Father I ask that you help me to know and do your will. I ask that you forgive me for all my sins. I ask that you guide me and help me to do what is right in your will and be a positive person, a person of passion for you, a person that concentrates on the truths of God – so that my character brings glory to you. In Jesus name, Amen.

Reading: Blackaby’s Devotional 3/4/2010

Phil 4:8 and Matt 12:34

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Today’s Date: March 4, 2010

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Clean and Unclean

Today’s Date:  January 23, 2010

 Clean and Unclean

 

Reading: Gen 46-47:31, Mt 15:1-28, Psalm 19:1-14, Proverbs 4:14-19

S – Scripture:

Mt 15:18-19 Jesus said, “18But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and these make a man ‘unclean.’ 19For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander.” (NIV)

O – Observation:

Mt 15:1-20: Jesus talks about “Clean and Unclean.”  The Phariseesa  , (Scribes and Pharisees in the time of Christ, who began to honor and hold traditions and the commandments of men, even over the commandments of God. b) asked Jesus why his followers didn’t follow the tradition of washing their hands before they ate.  Jesus replied to the Pharisees & teachers with another question, 15:3 “And why do you break the command of God for the sake of your tradition?… you nullify the word of God for the sake of your tradition.” Then Jesus called them hypocrites!  Jesus basically said just because you don’t wash your hands, does not make you ‘unclean’; it’s what you have in your heart, that which comes out of your mouth, your actions, all those things are what makes you ‘unclean’.

A – Application:

It’s easy to get caught in what the worldview of what other people, the church, the government, and your community would say is the “correct” thing to do. The laws of the land are not always God’s ways.  Examples are: abortion, the bible says we should not kill – yet because the government allows abortion, does that now make it “right”?  Some states in our country allow homosexual marriages. The bible says that marriage is between one man and one woman.  In applying the scriptures of Mt 15, I am reminded that I am to live the life of God’s commandments, not mans. I am to test the words of man based on the scriptures and Words of God.  I am to seek God first in all things, Mt 6:33 so that I am not confused based on my own needs and wants but based on God’s guidance.

P – Prayer:

Father help me to not be like the Pharisees, who chose to seek the glory of man vs. God. Lord forgive me for my sins, my ignorance, and help me to know your will and follow your commandments. Help me to do what is right and to be a shining light for you. Let the words that come from my mouth be of your thoughts and words – that make me clean and that I am stopped in my tracks, put back into the place of correction should my heart bring forth unclean words from my mouth. Wash me, cleanse me, and cover me, so that your Holy Spirit within me would shine forth.

Amen

Oa  Pharisees: 1) http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/Pharisees

2.) Definition Smith’s Bible History: http://www.bible-history.com/smiths/P/Pharisees/

bCommentary by Chuck Smith of Mt 14-15: http://tinyurl.com/ybfrpsj

 

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Will You be Liked, if you Deny Christ?

Today’s Date:  January 15, 2010

Will You be “Liked”, if you Deny Christ?

 

 Reading: Gen 31:17-32:12, Matt 10:24-11:6, Psalm 13:1-6, Proverbs 3:16-18

S – Scripture: “Everyone who acknowledges me publicly here on earth, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. But everyone who denies me here on earth, I will also deny before my Father in heaven.”  Mt 10:32-33

O – Observation:

Jesus said if we acknowledge him on earth, he will do the same in heaven. But if we deny him on earth, he will deny us before our Father God. That’s easy to read and understand. It’s scary though, when we are put in a life or death situation – would you still admit you are a Christ follower? Or how about a “like” or “dislike” situation? Will my family and friends still accept me for following? Mt 10:40 Jesus says, “He who receives you receives me, and he who receives me receives the one who sent me.”

A – Application:

It’s challenging to hear these words. Often times we want to please others, we just want to be “liked”. There are probably more situations of people who will deny Christ to be “liked” than those who will deny him to escape death.  As one becomes stronger in their faith it’s easier to say, “I choose Jesus.” It becomes more challenging as friends and family – “disown” and don’t want to associate with you for being a follower of Jesus, so sometimes we compromise. How you may ask? We don’t stand up and share our faith openly. We laugh or stay quiet when those around us are speaking or acting in ways of the world – negative, derogatory, swearing, etc – or we don’t hold others accountable for their behavior. Even other Christians will desire to be “liked” by those on earth, than honor their faith in Christ – so we’re left with a few friends, instead of many. The bible says that we are to fellowship with one another. We are to encourage each other in our faith. Even if they (friends, family) both Christian and non-Christian – put us down for acknowledging Jesus or being “too” opinionated, or “too religious”. This is not about being religious; this is about a relationship with Christ. This is about not wanting to be denied by Jesus, when we come before the Throne of God and will Jesus say, “Father, I know her, she did not deny you on earth.”

There’s a great research article by The Barna Group, that’s quoted in The Truth Project – Lesson 2: The study asked the question, “How many Americans have a biblical worldview? The answer: General American population: 4%, “Born-again” American population: 9% – …and we don’t act that different from the world… I choose to be different from the world. I need to have a biblical worldview.

P – Prayer:

I pray that I am not put in the situation of a life or death in claiming my faith in Christ – like so many who live in countries who are not free to worship Jesus Christ.  I pray that those who risk their lives to bring others to Christ are protected and provided for. I ask the Lord to help me to be strong when I am placed in situations where I may be tempted to deny or “water down” my belief just to “get along” – that God will protect me in those situations and guide me to be a light for him. When I come before the Lord I want Jesus to say to our Father in Heaven, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.”

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What is the Truth? What is Worldview?

What is The Truth?


In 2008 during a midweek service I saw a promotion of The Truth Project. I was immediately intrigued. Shortly afterwards, I attended a small group and went through the 13 week series. It changed my life.  The Truth Project is primarily taught by Dr. Del Tackett, and special guest speakers; presented by Focus on the Family.

There are many circumstances, teachings, readings, experiences – that have helped me grow into being a better Christian. Besides daily devotions and journaling; preparing and going on missions; I would say that these studies are some of the tools  that I carry with me years later in my walk with Christ and I highly recommend you Experience God by learning The Truth.

1. Small Group study of Experiencing God.

2. Small Group study of The Truth Project.

To find a small group near you and for more information click here:

The Truth Project

http://truthprojectblog.com/


What is Worldview?

The thing that I remember most about The Truth Project was the definition of “Worldview” – Do you have a biblical / Christian worldview or do you believe whatever the majority of the world believes to be “truth”?

Blessings Under Fire

Today’s Date: Jan 5, 2010

Reading: Gen 11 – 13:4, Matt 5:1-26, Psalm 5:1-12, Proverbs 1:24-28 NLT

Title: Blessings Under Fire

S – Scripture: Mt 5:11 “God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are my followers. v12 Be happy about it! Be very glad! For a great reward awaits you in heaven…”

O – Observation: Matthew 5:1-10 recalls that Jesus saw crowds gathering and went up to the mountainside and sat down. Then his disciples gathered around him and he began to teach them (the blessings of God). There are many times in our life that we will be judged. No one promised that when we gave our hearts to the Lord and accepted him as our Lord and Savior that our lives would be at peace and we wouldn’t have any problems. Accepting Christ is a choice, God gave us free-will. With that said, it’s a challenge to have people mock us for being Christ followers. v11 says that “God blesses you” when people do bad things against you, just because you are a Christian! Then he says we are to be happy about it? Yes, that’s what it says, yet we all know it’s not as easy done as it is written. Many Christians are persecuted by their own family and friends, some are disowned and some killed. What can we do in situations like these?

A – Application: There’s no one simple answer for me. However I am fortunate that I live in a country that allows me to freely worship Jesus Christ. I see the mocking and persecution affecting me in several ways – verbally, physically, and spiritually. Words, I could ignore. Lies, I would want to defend my honor. Physical attack, I would want to self-defend. These can all contribute to what the devil really wants, which is the fight for us to turn away from God. Living the ways of the world is easy compared to living a life based on Biblical Worldviews (See Truth Project links below)*. This is why some people go back to the ways of the world, and worse yet live a façade, giving the impression to people that they are Christian but they make life choices, often behind closed doors, that are easier for them, and are what the bible calls, “lukewarm”, however God would rather we be one or the other, not both. The reason I have continued to choose Jesus is that I know my reward is in heaven. This is my calling. I have been chosen as one of the King’s kids. The bible says that I am not to retaliate, vengeance is his, says the Lord. Mt. 5:16 says that “I should let my good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise my heavenly Father.” I need to watch my words and actions as they reflect who I am as a follower of Jesus.

P – Prayer: Father, thank you for choosing me to be one of your followers. I want to know you and do your will. Help me to turn the other cheek, to live by Biblical values and truths*, and never be ‘lukewarm’ in my walk with you. Help those who have chosen to follow you and are being persecuted for their faith. Protect, guide, and strengthen those of us who know your Truth yet are challenged by the world to seek ourselves instead of Mt. 6:33, “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness…”

I pray Romans 12:2 – God’ will – I strive to, “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

*The Truth Project, Biblical Worldview, What is WorldviewDr. Del Tackett

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