A Great Wall

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 (NKJV)

Of all the walls built for protection throughout history there is none rivaling the Great Wall of China. Its inception started 200 years prior to the birth of Jesus, and it took multiple generations to cooperate for it to be completed.  The wall spans over 4000 miles in length, is 25 feet in thickness and its height was set so no opposing force could scale it — it was definitely built to keep the unwanted out.  And yet, within the 100 years following the completion of the wall, China would be successfully raided three times. 

What should have been impossible was actually pretty easy, as the gatekeepers in charge simply opened the gate and let the enemy in after being bribed.  It’s true!  After many dynasties worked collectively to provide a safe environment that would be free from the outside attacking forces, tyranny actually came from within. The Chinese people should have been safe, the protection was ample, but there was a small part of them who had compromised their integrity, allowing the gate to be opened, which resulted in much sin and destruction.

Q: How can we learn from this tragedy and find application for our Christian walk?

We have been given our own personal "Great Wall" within the confines of our mind — a virtual barrier that is strengthened or damaged by our thoughts.  This wall has been uniquely designed to keep out the enemy's attacks on our minds.  Unfortunately, our great wall can also be easily bridged.  It happens when we lose our integrity and allow the enemy to bribe us into letting him in through the thoughts he tempts us with. This can happen when we begin focusing on the things of this world — those things we feel will meet our wants, our desires, and even our legitimate needs. It’s when we want something so bad we are willing to compromise the integrity of our Christian walk to get it regardless of the sin, the consequences, or the aftermath caused.

Q: How do we keep from losing our integrity and allowing the enemy into our mind?

We need to take each thought captive and decide whether it lines up with what God's Word says is righteous or sinful (2 Cor. 10:5). Is it something He would do or approve of?  If it is not, then get rid of it and make a decision to not think about it anymore.  We can do this by simply replacing the improper thought with a righteous one (Phil. 4:8). If we find ourselves having a problem with a particular temptation, then we should seek out a Scripture pertaining to this temptation, and recite it in our mind when this temptation comes upon us.

If we fail to do this, the bad thought will permeate our mind, and we will continue to think, and eventually, we may even act upon it.  When this happens our hearts are affected and they can become calloused in this area, affecting our countenance, behavior and our attitude towards others.  We can even become filled with anxiety (Phil. 4:6-7). 

I want to encourage you to keep your guard up against anything you may be tempted to think upon that you know to be wrong.  Don’t let the enemy bribe you into allowing him to gain access into your mind.  Be a gatekeeper with great integrity.  Remember, great integrity equals a great wall. 

STUDY QUESTION: According to 2 Corinthians 10:5, what are we to do with any thought coming into our mind not lining up with what Christ has told us to do in His Word?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to screen every thought coming into your mind to see if it lines up with what God would want you thinking about?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Take time today to think about what thoughts are in your mind.  Are they making you anxious?  Are they uplifting, good, pure, and righteous?  If they are causing you to want to do something unedifying, then replace them with healthy, godly thoughts.

PRAYER: Father, thank You for Your Word and Your guidance.  Help me to clearly see the thoughts harmful to my Christian walk when they are at the gate to my mind.  Empower me to make the right choices when I identify with the thoughts not in my best interest.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…


Be Blessed, Pastor Scott




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