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Do I Really Need That?

Do I Really Need That?

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)

Q:    Do I really need that?   It is a question that many of us face each and every day, from a second bowl of cereal, to an extra muffin, to a rant on the local talk radio station that gets us fired up over some social injustice.

It is a question that should be used as a screening tool in our walk as Christian men and women - that's for sure!

My wife Carol took on a program called "Prizm" that falls under the Women's ministry at our church.  It is a program that I jokingly called, "Prison" when I found out that it had to do with controlling what calories were ingested on a daily basis for the specified intent of reducing total body mass - okay, okay, it means "A Diet."

But as I actually watched my wife go through this program and as she shared with me how it worked, I soon realized that it was a solid program that would be able to be followed for long term transformations that would last.

The basis of this program, to simplify it, is simply to think about what you will put into your body.  Weigh it out (Pun intended) and decide if that is what you want to use to fuel your body.  You are educated about what each choice entails and what the outcome will be specifically for your body.

Well, sounds pretty straightforward so I was eager to see it work.  Sure enough, as my wife and a group of women started the program, they each weighed and then proceeded to eat the specified amounts of good healthy food - nothing pre-packaged.  And with each passing week I witnessed women who were shedding pounds and being transformed.  

It wasn't just the weight that was changing; it was their health as well.  Some reduced the quantity of medicines, and there were others who were able to stop taking their medicines all together.  These women were being regenerated from the inside out, and their outward transformations were simply a byproduct of what was occurring on the inside.

It dawned on me that this is exactly what happens in a healthy Christian walk.  Notice I said, "Healthy?"  That's because we can end up doing the same thing spiritually as we do physically - the same bad habits we have learned in not taking every thought captive about what we put into our bodies, has also been learned for what we put into our minds.

...bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ  2 Corinthians 10:5 (NKJV)

So, if we were to properly screen those things that go into our mind just one thought at a time, only allowing our mind to meditate on the "Healthy" stuff, then we would start to see the changes in our outward actions and behavior in the same way we would see the outward transformation of our physical bodies when we control what food goes into them.  

Hey Christian, maybe it's time that we all consider going on a "Spiritual diet."  Maybe it's time to think about what we are taking in and decide if we like the way it is affecting us and what it is transforming us into.  I think if we would be willing to do this, wed all be asking the question, "Do I really need that?"

I want to encourage you today to think about what you eat spiritually - make sure that what goes into your mind is healthy and is strengthening your walk.  Be careful not to get into the habit of just eating the fast food of man made intellect either - get into the solid food of the Word of God.

STUDY QUESTION: What can we glean from the Scriptures contained within this devotional with regard to what is to go into our mind, and how we are to handle our thoughts?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you screening what goes into your mind, or are you allowing the enemy to fill your mind with things that are not edifying, or from God?

APPLICATION: Take some time to analyze what you are feeding your mind today - be willing to make some changes as to what you allow your mind to meditate on.  Read your Bible daily and pray that the Lord reveals His wisdom and understanding to you before reading it.

Father, Thank You for giving me the power to screen out the things that I shouldn't be seeing, or thinking upon.  Help me to do what is right when thinking on things.  Lord if what I am thinking on is not healthy then reveal that to me.  In Jesus precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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