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What’s In Your Mind?

Ponder: “We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ” (II Corinthians 10:5).
I want to focus on “we are taking every thought captive.” Couple that with “…You shall be holy, for I am holy” (I Peter 1:16).
What is in our mind will come out in our words and behavior. Many years ago, when I was much younger, I was inspecting the roof of a high school. I was climbing up to an upper level which was sixteen feet above the main roof, which was already twenty-four feet above the ground. Because the ground sloped away, I felt as though I was up eighty feet high. When the rung that I grabbed slid right out of the masonry wall, what came out of my mouth was a string of the cuss words that I had learned in school before I had found Jesus.
Of course, these words were reinforced in my mind through books, movies, and people I knew over the twenty plus years. I was extremely embarrassed because my boss, who knew that I was a Christian, was below me and had never heard me say anything like that.
We must be careful about what we are putting in our minds. We are to be holy because we are God’s children. Therefore, we must learn to be careful about what goes into our minds. We must reinforce our mind with God’s word and our knowledge of Jesus. I can learn to avoid books, TV shows, video games, and movies that have unhealthy language and which showcase bad behavior.
We are told, “Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things” (Philippians 4:8).
Song: “Yield Not To Temptation”
Holy Father, help me sweep the garbage from my mind and help me to replace it with scriptures from Your word. In my loving Redeemer’s name. Amen.
Ed Wittlif, Denver, CO


Coping With Depression

“Anxiety in a man’s heart depresses it, but a kindly word makes it glad” (Pro. 12:25 NAB).

Henry Thoreau once spoke of the many who “live lives of quiet desperation.” Psychologist Karl Menninger said that our society is suffering from depression. The problems of our complicated world are too big for us. Solutions are not keeping up with the problems.


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Pursue Holiness

Ponder: How important is it to be holy?
Scripture: “Pursue peace with all people, and holiness without which no one will see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14, NKJV).
A previous devotional discussed pursuing peace. Let’s finish the exhortation by looking at the pursuit of holiness.In simplest terms, to be holy (sanctified) is to be cleansed and set apart. Sin makes us unclean, unfit for fellowship with God. When we trust in Jesus and submit to Him in baptism, our sins are washed away (Acts 22:16). Peter verifies this, writing that our souls are purified by obedience to the truth (1 Peter 1:22). This, however, does not end our pursuit of holiness.

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