Recently my sister Alyson got married and moved out of my parents house (where I currently live) I got the chance to take her old room, which I jumped on because it is bigger :). So when we started moving my stuff from the basement to the upstairs room, it was my opportunity to do some spring cleaning, I threw out a lot of old things. This experience got me thinking, God probably wants us to do spring cleaning (more like spring, summer, fall and winter cleaning) of our minds/hearts as well. So I want to search in the Bible with all my readers and discover what the Bible has to say about our job as Christians to make sure our thoughts are pure and remain pure.
Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.Colossians 3:1-2. This is our goal for our minds. It is clear from these verses that we need to make our goal eternal, not the here and now. God doesn’t leave us hanging there, the Bible is filled with instructions on how to get there. Let’s take a look at a couple of those instructions.
Let’s start with the Bible itself. God gave his children (us) an instruction manual that is more useful than any instruction manual that you have ever come across and it is called the Bible. If you want to keep your thoughts pure and on the truth of the Lord Jesus Christ, the best thing to do is read the Word. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” John 1: 1-5. As I have been learning at SNG (the church service I attend Saturday Night Grace) the writer of this book is extremely intentional in his words and wants to make a point. The point that is being made here is that Jesus is the Word, The Word has always been with God, and is God. Confusing right? it involves the Trinity, which I am do not know everything about, and no one knows everything about God so that is just that. Anyways back to the point I am trying to make. The Word is Jesus, the Word is God, the Word is the Bible. So God has given us Him in the Bible. If that is true which I believe it is, then we must read the Bible in order to “keep our thoughts on things above”.
“This, then, is how you should pray: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.”” Matthew 6:9-13. This is a perfect example of a prayer that would help us to “keep our thoughts on things above”, and as noted above it comes from The Bible. God wants to help us in everyday life and when we pray things like the prayer above, He will.
Finally the last thing I want to just touch on is, we need to take a good look at our playlists, movie choices, and book choices to make sure that we are not stuffing garbage into our mind. Now the thing I want to say about this is that it is not bad to read about fantasy or sci-fi, God gave us our imagination. Just like everything God gave us, Satan likes to use it to twist our mind, but we have to remember that God gave it to us and if we believe in him we can use it for good.
I hope all this made sense. Have a good day and God bless all of you reading.