Philippians 4:8 (NKJV)
8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.
So often it is easy to meditate on things that are not true, noble, just, pure, lovely, good, virtuous, or praiseworthy. We live in a fallen world and it is easy to get caught up in the things that are bad. Our thoughts should be above the things of this world and we should be impressing the Word of God onto our hearts. We need to avoid things that don’t fit the aforementioned verses. Staying away from things that are not pure and lovely is a wonderful way to keep them from tainting the mind and the heart. If we don’t know about them, we can’t dwell on them. I am not suggesting that we live with our heads buried in the sand, rather don’t choose to do something that would involve worldly influences. For instance, listening to that gossiping, or spreading the rumor yourself. Gossip won’t be there if you don’t listen to it. Watching movies and reading books that are filled with nudity, etc is also allowing things that aren’t praiseworthy to slip into your mind and heart. These things to impact us, whether we want to believe it or not. Spending hours with people who use dirty language begins to rub off on you. Even if you aren’t using the words they are doesn’t mean you aren’t thinking them. The Bible teaches that God knows our every thought, so thinking something is as bad as doing it. We are to take every single thought captive…
2 Corinthians 10:5 (NKJV)
5 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,
I challenge you today to take every thought captive and replace the bad things of this world with the words of the Lord. Write them on your heart and avoid the impure, unholy mess that many of us find ourselves in. We all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, yet He forgives us daily. Avoiding sin is impossible, it takes a perfect person, Jesus. We are to become more Christ-like, we will fail, but at least we are striving to be what God wants. So, take captive those evil thoughts and impress the Word of God.
Read it, hear it, speak it, pray it.
Blessings In Christ,