Friday, May 6, 2011

Think on These Things

Image and information filtering can be quite difficult—especially when you are looking for one thing and chance upon another. When flipping through the guide channels, for example, show titles “Girls Gone Wild,” “MILFS with Hot Amazon Mandingos,” etc. flash across the screen. Turn the radio to the wrong station at the wrong time and you hear about bumping and grinding with your best friend’s husband, smoking weed while selling cocaine, killing the fool who steps in your way, etc. Or when driving down a street in Hollywood, there is a billboard with two men hugging—under it a line about being tested for aids. News headlines talk of scandal in both the political and financial realms. The people engaging in the activities seem to be having so much fun. They seem so happy…Then you find yourself wondering: Why not sleep with your best friend’s husband—Especially if there is a good beat playing while you do it? If Jane and John Doe can do it and be happy, why can’t you?

With negative imagery and ungodly activities as in our face as they are, continuing to walk on the straight and narrow path isn’t always easy. But it is a must! It’s imperative that we keep our eyes focused on the prize—eternal life with God.

Sin begins in the mind with a single thought. When negative thoughts—“going wild,” doing drugs, participating in ungodly relationships, taking things that don’t belong to you, etc. try to creep into your mind, stop, breathe, and replace them with images and scriptures that will keep you on track. Don’t entertain thoughts of sin for a single moment. When you do, you will, without fail, find yourself in situations where you are faced with an opportunity to act out your thoughts…and that action leads to misery, guilt, unhappiness, bitterness, and dissatisfaction.

Remember that you have a higher calling. You are in the world but not of it. Choose Christ. Serve Him with your whole heart. Don’t flirt with sin. It isn’t worth it. Only that which is Christ-centered leads to true euphoria.

“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.” (Philippians 4:8)

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