Thursday, October 20, 2005

Who will alter our minds?

It seems some Chinese authorities are giving mind-altering drugs to Christian leaders so that the leaders are led to betray fellow believers. Of course the authorities deny this is taking place.

Time will tell. But sadly, Christian minds have be altered negatively without drugs. How? Largely by drinking in the hours of public education, television, and advertisements spewed out by our culture.

The Amplified Bible says in 1 Corinthians 2:16, "For who has known or understood the mind (the counsels and purposes) of the Lord so as to guide and instruct Him and give Him knowledge? But we have the mind of Christ (the Messiah) and do hold the thoughts (feelings and purposes) of His heart."

Our minds will be altered, whether by negative or positive influences. I'm not trying to say that all TV, public schools, etc., are bad, but we need to beware of what we're taking in. It's so easy to just sit in front of the TV and veg, or listen to music we might not even know the words to. Our minds are incredible; they take in and process far more than we realize. Rather than being passive, let us learn from the words of Proverbs 15:14: "The mind of the intelligent seeks knowledge, But the mouth of fools feeds on folly" (NASB; cf Proverbs 18:15). Yes, we need to seek out truth, or else we'll be fed, and digest, whatever we happen to come across. That will bring life, but seeking to please our flesh will bring death (see Romans 8:6).

Just as we "must be born again" (John 3:7), our minds must be renewed (Romans 12:2, Ephesians 4:23) by the Holy Spirit (Titus 3:5), whom receive through salvation in Christ (Titus 3:6). We must "put on the new self" which is in God's likeness (Eph. 4:24). Let us ask God to test our minds and hearts (Psalm 26:2), and may we not be found wanting (Daniel 5:27). Only by loving the Lord with all our being (Mark 12:30), including our minds, can we hope to see the worldly influences fade into smallness.

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At 12:55, Anonymous Duplex Dude: Bogus News Incubator said...

The average individual is too lazy to think for themselves. It's much easier to align oneself with an already spoken opinion than to sit down and form one's own opinion. Sad, but that's the world we live in.

At 14:25, Blogger manzkee said...

Appreciate ur comment, thank you. Unlike the stupid one on top of you nice to know you!

At 15:22, Blogger G_in_AL said...

nice job. Funny, God gets to you in different ways. My wife and I are reading the "Purpose Driven Life", and this part (about being aware of what your influences are) has now come at me from last Sunday at Church, Purpose Driven Life, and now blogging....

Think a message is trying to be sent?

At 11:42, Blogger Jeff said...

Duplex, you are so right. Some people think that "a mind is a terrible thing to use," not "waste."

Mandy, glad I could put a smile on your face.

And G, God indeed gets to us in ways we don't even realize. Even when we're in the midst of negative influences. After all, he's not hindered by what we do or where we are (though he prefers that we do the right thing, of course!). I do wonder what God is trying to tell you regarding influences. Maybe with all you've been taking in on that subject, you'll be able to bless others with what you've learned.


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