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The Things We Contemplate
5/10/2017

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 having to deal with the consequences and repercussions. My mistake was not contemplating my decision.

The way I see it, contemplation is like an 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 to mull it over—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, and they don’t end up making a decision one way or another.

So, how can contemplation help us in our Christian walk? It can give us the time to see the fruit of our decision prior to acting upon a thought, and it can help us to discern if what we are contemplating is God's will.

Contemplation is simply 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 identify where it came from, while contemplating what fruit will result if I were to continue to think or act upon it. I can then take this thought captive and choose not to think upon it any longer. This contemplation has led to a deeper commitment to follow Jesus, and to 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)

I want to encourage you today to think about what you are contemplating. Is it leading you to a committed walk with Jesus, or a compromised walk—one lacking power and truth? Think upon the things God has asked you to think upon. Choose to be strengthened in your walk, and fully committed to being the Christian man or woman God has ordained and called you to be. 

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 even be thinking upon?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: If you find something popping in your head – things not from God – simply make the choice not to think upon them, but choose instead to contemplate the things of God.

PRAYER: Father, thank You for the ability to reason freely within my minds. Help me to remember Your Word when I am tempted to think upon improper things. Fill me afresh with Your wisdom and discernment. In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

 

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 

 

 


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