Can we just talk for a minute. Pull up a chair.
What we see, hear and say impacts our lives & beliefs.
You ever hear someone refer to something as mindless reading or mindless television. That’s an interesting description when you think about it, especially knowing that the material or topic doesn’t enhance your mind by any stretch of the word but what does happen is it actually requires a great deal of use of your mind. Toxic thoughts take up space!
I was watching the previews of a few recent movie releases & some of the new line-ups of TV series & I just shook my head. They’re catchy. Hook, line and sinker catchy…before you know it, you’re sucked into this kinda life they’ve set up in the story line. My mom use to refer to soap operas as trash or smut tv. It’s not just entertainment anymore, it’s entertaining certain lifestyles & opens a door into your mind, your emotions & imaginations.
My daughter is “hooked” on an internet based show about a gymnastics family and their everyday comings and goings. Now this show is actually harmless. But what’s really interesting is I watched her begin to mirror some of the ways of the gymnast-athletic daughter. Little things like organizing her desk, rearranging her bedroom and even cleaning her bedroom. SCORE FOR ME. But a major eye opener. If she was easily influenced by these subtleties which lead to a positive influence, how easily could she be lured into the reverse?
The same is true in our own lives. We’re drawn to things that peak our interest. No doubt about that. Our interests are usually a road map to our deepest affections and desires, this is where the seeds are sown. Our desires lead us toward imaginations that become stirred up and next thing you know we are trying to mimic that way of living we’ve created inside of our imagination. Good or bad, we are influenced. Every seed produces some sort of harvest.
My pastor gave us a homework assignment. He simply said don’t give the devil ANY opportunity. Simple enough right? It’s like YEAH, no way will he get a chance to take anything else from me or get involved in MY life. And that’s the moment he starts conjuring up his plans.
Ephesians 4 breaks down some of those subtle plans but praise Jesus, there is a way of escape. See, if there’s something in your life that offends you, you have to get rid of it. By offend, I mean if it’s causing strife, upset, misdirection…DISease.
OFFENSE: annoyance or resentment brought about by a perceived insult to or disregard for oneself or one’s standards or principles.
The Old Way Has to Go
17-19 And so I insist—and God backs me up on this—that there be no going along with the crowd, the empty-headed, mindless crowd. They’ve refused for so long to deal with God that they’ve lost touch not only with God but with reality itself. They can’t think straight anymore. Feeling no pain, they let themselves go in sexual obsession, addicted to every sort of perversion.
20-24 But that’s no life for you. You learned Christ! My assumption is that you have paid careful attention to him, been well-instructed in the truth precisely as we have it in Jesus. Since, then, we do not have the excuse of ignorance, everything—and I do mean everything—connected with that old way of life has to go. It’s rotten through and through. Get rid of it! And then take on an entirely new way of life—a God-fashioned life, a life renewed from the inside and working itself into your conduct as God accurately reproduces his character in you.
25 What this adds up to, then, is this: no more lies, no more pretense. Tell your neighbor the truth. In Christ’s body we’re all connected to each other, after all. When you lie to others, you end up lying to yourself.
26-27 Go ahead and be angry. You do well to be angry—but don’t use your anger as fuel for revenge. And don’t stay angry. Don’t go to bed angry. Don’t give the Devil that kind of foothold in your life.
28 Did you use to make ends meet by stealing? Well, no more! Get an honest job so that you can help others who can’t work.
29 Watch the way you talk. Let nothing foul or dirty come out of your mouth. Say only what helps, each word a gift.
30 Don’t grieve God. Don’t break his heart. His Holy Spirit, moving and breathing in you, is the most intimate part of your life, making you fit for himself. Don’t take such a gift for granted.
31-32 Make a clean break with all cutting, backbiting, profane talk. Be gentle with one another, sensitive. Forgive one another as quickly and thoroughly as God in Christ forgave you.
ARMED & ANCHORED
I woke up a few days ago with this feeling like I could take over the world. I literally told someone I felt armed and dangerous! Scriptures like Ephesians 4 make me feel armed & anchored! And yes, quite dangerous. Dangerous enough to punch fear in the face and lose some of the nonsense that’s held me captive!
Are you ready to lose it?
Your journey to freedom is directly attached to knowing what you want and knowing where you want to go. Period. You could jump in your car and start driving but if you don’t know where you want to go or how to get there, you’re going to drive in circles and quickly run out of gas.
STOP DRIVING IN CIRCLES. You were made for more than being stuck in a vicious cycle of defeat! -(Made To Crave)
You have circled this mountain long enough. Now turn North. (Deuteronomy 2:3)
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