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Thursday, December 3, 2015

I’m Responsible for What I Allow Into My Mind

In review of Proverbs 15:14 it says, “A wise person is hungry for knowledge, while the fool feeds on trash.”

Bottom Line:
Wise and intelligent people seek knowledge and truth, a fool is satisfied with ignorance, foolishness and trash.

What this means to me:
To be wise I should seek after and learn knowledge and truth. It would be foolish for me to feed on trash and to be satisfied with ignorance.

My thoughts will influence my feelings and my feelings will impact my actions. What I think about matters, because it starts in my mind.  In order for me to be a responsible person, I should exercise control over my thoughts.

I’m not responsible for every stray thought that passes through my mind. Stray thoughts enter for a variety of reasons, they could be conversations I’ve hear by accident, things I see, and stuff the enemy puts in my mind.

I am however responsible for how I deal with those stray thoughts. Martin Luther had once said: “You can’t keep the birds from flying over your head, but you can keep them from building a nest in your hair.”

What I’m learning is that God will hold me accountable for what I consciously allow to enter it.

It is amazing to see what some people watch, not to mention what they let their children watch. Watching trashy TV, listening to trashy radio, paying good money to see deviant behavior as entertainment. They often think it doesn’t bother or affect them.  But that’s just not true!

I don’t think you ever really forget any scene you encounter. Even if someone don’t consciously recall the scene, that idea will come right back to mind, when something else stimulates the thought.

It’s much like to old computer adage, “Garbage in, garbage out.” What I end up putting into my mind will inevitably bear fruit in my behavior and beliefs.

Rick Warren in one of his daily hope devotionals (11/17/15), mentions that “one of Satan’s greatest tricks for attracting you to sinful lifestyles is comedy. That’s why on television or in movies, deviant behavior always starts in a comedic situation. If Satan can get you laughing at something that is sinful, you’ve already lost the battle.” Sin isn’t funny. Sin is what put Jesus on the cross.

In summary, it would be foolish for me to feed my mind with trash or to be satisfied with ignorance. So today I will consider what I’m filling my mind with. In order to be wise I should seek to fill my mind with knowledge and truth.