October 13th, 2018
Think About THESE Things
Philippians 4:8 (KJB) Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
This scripture verse contains a directive to guard and polish our thinking. Those who profess a relationship with Christ have agreed with God about sin and permitted Him to remove the darkness, clutter, and clatter of the world stored in the recesses of their mind. The storage of the devil’s offensive darkness often makes thinking, speaking, and actions displeasing unto Him.
God’s children will naturally think on THESE things: justice, truth, loveliness, using their lips for praising and the reporting of good things, rather than being known as “Prune-Faced Christian Wannabees” whose mindset repeatedly speaks and gives reports about doom and gloom dark circumstances of this world.
Yes, the god of this world loves to occupy space rent-free in naturally open minds. He likes to capture a person’s attention by placing shiny or sparkly things that are flashy, but ungodly, before our eyes for capturing our divided attention. He likes to lodge inside a person’s thinking by playing his brand of movies repeatedly in their head. He also likes to influence actions and words towards others with thoughts that are selfish and shallow. The devil desires for good people to get their “panties in a bunch” adopting his dark and deadly agenda rather than being found in spiritual control in a personal relationship with Christ.
It is true, a godly atmosphere can embrace the righteousness and perfection of Christ in any situation of life while an ungodly atmosphere will feed right into the dark agenda of the god of this world.
Past dark and deadly regimes, like that of Hitler, successfully used mind control on unassuming and subordinate people. Hitler was able to occupy their thoughts, thereby adversely affecting their actions and creating a dangerous and deadly situation. Allowing a mind to be controlled by the world’s wicked forces rather than being spiritually filtered and eternally influenced by God is a dangerous game to participate in this world.
Identifying with Christ and thinking about His Truth and spiritual temperament brings life now and forever.
Personally knowing God can effectively and eternally spiritually condition both the heart and mind of a child of God. His spiritual children will naturally look to Him for direction and correction, while children of the devil will focus on death and darkness and be spiritually lost both in this world and forevermore.