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Contemplation - The "Y" In The Road

Contemplation - The "Y" In The Road
Commitment or Compromise

I will meditate on Your precepts, And contemplate Your ways. Psalms 119:15 (NKJV)

Have you ever been caught in between decisions -  not sure if you should go left or right, so to speak?  I know I have.  When I was younger I wouldn't have thought about things for so long.  More often than not I would have just made a spur of the moment decision -  often dealing with the consequences.  My mistake was not contemplating my decision.

The way I see it contemplation is the oven where our thoughts are cooking.  It is a step towards our next action.  It is the process of taking a thought and thinking on it -  to study it, and mull it over - then hopefully coming to a conclusion on the matter.  For some people, this contemplation period can cause them to freeze like a deer in the headlights - not making a decision one way or another.

Q: How can contemplation help us in our Christian walk?

A:    By allowing our contemplation to reveal what God would want us to see clearly.

We need to know contemplation is the "Y" in the road for every decision we make as Christian believers - it is either a step in the direction of our commitment to God, or it is a step in the direction of compromise. It's where we either veer in one direction or the other.

For example, I can have a bad thought pop into my head and begin to entertain it.  I can contemplate every aspect of the temptation and find myself drawn to sin.  The problem is I have contemplated things I shouldn't have even been thinking on, and this contemplation has led to compromise.

Now in the same way I can have a bad thought come into my head and contemplate where it came from and what fruit will result if I were to continue to think or act upon it.  I can take this thought captive and choose not to think upon it.  This contemplation has led to a deeper commitment to follow Jesus and abide in His will.  This is exactly what the Apostle Paul was speaking about when he wrote to the Corinthians.

For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 (NKJV)

Hey Christian, I want to encourage you today to contemplate this message - to think about what you are contemplating.  Is it leading you to a committed walk with Jesus, or a compromised walk lacking power and truth?  Let's think upon the things God has asked us to think upon.  Let's be strengthened in our walk and fully committed to being the Christian men and women God has ordained and called us to be - amen?

STUDY QUESTION: What can we learn from the Psalmist and his commitment in Psalm 119:15?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Have you found yourself contemplating things you shouldn't be even thinking upon?

APPLICATION: If you find something popping in your head - things not from God - make the choice not to contemplate on them, but choose to contemplate on the things of God.

Father, thank You for the ability to reason freely within my mind.  Help me to remember Your Word when I am tempted to think upon improper things.  Fill me afresh with Your Holy Spirit today and give me Your wisdom and discernment.  In Jesus' precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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