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Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you]. Romans 12:2 (AMP)
 
Many of us want to walk in God’s will and yet we struggle to know what it is. Why? Because our minds are in places they shouldn’t be. Sometimes we may not even realize this as we have become numb to the things of God. We have to change and renew our minds. That means turning from things that would keep us from God. Maybe things that we didn’t think were that harmful.

There are so many distractions in our western society. So many things that call for our attention. It is so easy to come home after a hard day of work and plop down in front of a television and let it fill our heads with garbage. 95% of the things on T.V. today are not worth watching and yet we give it more time than our God. The television news is run mostly by those with left-wing views who give us a one sided veiw of the news as was just seen in Israel’s battle with Hezbollah. If you watch the news, especially CNN, you’ll see how little they show about the destruction and hardships in Israel. They have started calling the terrorists resistance fighters and people fall for it. They have made Israel look like the enemy. All she did was defend herself against an unprovoked attack.

How can we sit through such garbage, when they and the celebrities laugh and mock Christians and our beliefs.

Lol, I’m getting off topic here. I’ll have to save my ranting for another day.

We have to be careful what ours eyes see and hear. We can have a very unbalanced veiw of life if we are not.

Jesus said in Matthew 6:22-23; The eye is the lamp of the body. So if your eye is sound, your entire body will be full of light. But if your eye is unsound, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the very light in you [your conscience] is darkened, how dense is that darkness!

Proverbs tells us that our senses are never satisfied.

Sheol (the place of the dead) and Abaddon (the place of destruction) are never satisfied; so [the lust of] the eyes of man is never satisfied. Proverbs 27:20

Giving in to our lusts and desires results in a heart and mind that is far from God. We become undecerning and lose sight of the things of God. Paul writes in Romans 8:5-9;

5For those who are according to the flesh and are controlled by its unholy desires set their minds on and pursue those things which gratify the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit and are controlled by the desires of the Spirit set their minds on and seek those things which gratify the [Holy] Spirit.

Now the mind of the flesh [which is sense and reason without the Holy Spirit] is death [death that comprises all the miseries arising from sin, both here and hereafter]. But the mind of the [Holy] Spirit is life and [soul] peace [both now and forever].

7[That is] because the mind of the flesh [with its carnal thoughts and purposes] is hostile to God, for it does not submit itself to God’s Law; indeed it cannot.

8So then those who are living the life of the flesh [catering to the appetites and impulses of their carnal nature] cannot please or satisfy God, or be acceptable to Him.

9But you are not living the life of the flesh, you are living the life of the Spirit, if the [Holy] Spirit of God [really] dwells within you [directs and controls you]. But if anyone does not possess the [Holy] Spirit of Christ, he is none of His [he does not belong to Christ, is not truly a child of God].

About 3 years ago, I turned off my television. I got rid of the cable. I could no longer see any redeeming value through it. I didn’t throw out the T.V. I kept it to watch dvds and other mediums. If I want to watch a certain show, I download it on the internet, minus all the commercials which are sometimes worse than the shows themselves. I also don’t read any newspapers. I used to receive our local newspaper until I got tired of the Christian bashing that I kept reading in it’s pages.

Using the computer allows me to filter the news that I read. I go to news sites that come from a Christian world view and give a factual account of what’s going on in the world. But even with the internet you have to be careful as it is filled with places that can easily cause you to stumble. It pays to get yourself a good filter to protect yourself and your children if you have any.

The real test of where your mind and heart are is what consumes your thoughts most of the day? Is it your job? Your family? Entertainment? Or are you consumed by God? It doesn’t hurt to examine our hearts everyday. As a matter of fact we have to. If you are consumed by God, you’ll be passionate for all things concerning Him. If your heart and mind are in the right place, it is not a chore but a joy to read His word and spend time with Him. When we do this it is easy to know what His will for your life is. If not you’ll find yourself running in circles.

The word tells us in Phillipians 4:8-9;

8For the rest, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of reverence and is honorable and seemly, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely and lovable, whatever is kind and winsome and gracious, if there is any virtue and excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think on and weigh and take account of these things [fix your minds on them].

9Practice what you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and model your way of living on it, and the God of peace (of untroubled, undisturbed well-being) will be with you.

The secret to living in this world is to make sure our hearts and minds are constantly filled with things that glorify God and exalt His name. Because only He is worthy of all your attention.

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Comments on: "Change Your Heart, Change Your Mind" (4)

  1. Ciao Gerry,
    It was so good to finally be able to get into the blogs today. I have been having a hard time to open anyones blog, not to mention my own.
    I am happy that I got here today, y9our blog is very good, and I have enjoyed my visit.
    I pray that God will bless you and your family.
    Love,
    Shelley
    xXx

  2. Hi… Your blog does help people to be more aware of how they need to be close to God , though the world is getting worse and the time runs out every day. Thanks you for this teaching.. smile….God bless you all..( we are all fine and happily living in Manitoba where we feel very blessed).

  3. A VOICE IN THE DESERT said:

    Dear Big bro:
    You\’re right about the distractions of this world.
    My distraction was clothes- shopping too much
    and worrying about little things I should not bother worrying about.
    But through trials and tribulations I learned to balance my life to
    the better and live for Christ instead for money and other worthless things,now
    as long as money is YOUR slave and not you the slave of money,then you\’re safe!!What happened in Lebanon was a wake-up call to people to REALLY wake up and smell the flowers.Many people were humbled to the ground,most Arab men are too proud(not all),and for the Jews,this war has added more fear for
    their lives and they also need Christ in their lives whether they admit it or not.
    Only through Christ there\’s PEACE!!!!
    By the way ,I miss your comments,please let me know how you\’re doing.
    love…Fatima.

  4. A VOICE IN THE DESERT said:

    Dear Big Bro:
    In Israel there are few jews that believe and trust in Christ.
    I\’ve spoken many jewish people about Christ and they shut their
    ears as not to hear te message of the gospel or they curse His Holy Name.
    God says in the Bible to bless Israel,not to curse it,but what about the Jewish people in Israel who dispise the name of Jesus???
    There was a group of Christians going on a pilgrimage to Israel a year ago and among them was a couple of Christian canadians who are born in Egypt.
    They gave them a hard time and made their trip unbearable at the airport just for being ARABS!!They are Pastor assistants with good intentions but the Israelis have a feeling of mistrust towards others.I\’ve heard many other coments by people who travel to te Holy land very often and have the same complaint.
    Not the land of Isael will be transformed by Jesus soon(it is His footstool) but the people\’s hearts are far from Him.that\’s why I always ask you to pray for the jews.We are not "pro\’ anything but PRO CHRIST!!!!!!!
    love…Fatima.

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