Christian Living – How God Wants Us To Think

Christian Living – How God Wants Us To Think

Transcript:

Welcome to another episode of Inspired Word with T.K. I’m your host T.K. Chapin and today we are going to talk about the mind and how to protect it, stay tuned.

Intro

Welcome back everybody, and today I want talk about something that’s really important. Because if you watch the news or you’re on Facebook, or really anywhere you look you see a lot of crazy stuff happening in the world right now. And especially here in America we have the alt-right, the neo-Nazis, the white supremacists what have you, and on the left we have Antifa, BLM all this crazy stuff. And if you tune into the news media you think the world’s just completely going insane. I don’t want to get into politics, I want to get into the Bible, and what God has to say about our minds and what we should be filling ourselves with and there’s a certain passage that I try to live by as much as I can, each and every day to help keep my mind away from the garbage and focused on what God wants.

The passage comes from Philippians. In chapter 4:8, ‘Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.’With this passage in mind can we allow ourselves to tune

With this passage in mind can we allow ourselves to tune into the news? Some will argue ‘we have to know what’s going on’ and that’s true, but when Fox News, CNN whatever your drug of choice is, is constantly on in our houses for hours at a time, they are filling our minds with garbage. And Scripture tells us over and over again, we have to renew our mind, and in this passage in Philippians tells us to focus on the good. We need to focus on the good. The problem with focusing on the good is it’s contrary to what’s normal because we have minds that naturally are drawn to negativity and danger because our minds were built and designed to avoid danger and detect negativity so we can keep ourselves alive. And the media knows this, the news organizations know this, and it’s ramping up more and more and more. Yes, we have problems. That is not what we are talking about here. We’re talking about keeping our own minds clean and focused on the good in our life.You don’t have to love the president. You don’t have to love what you see what’s going on in the world. But it’s really important that we don’t let it influence our lives, because when we let the media into our minds for 2, 3, 4 hours and then we don’t even touch our Bibles for you know a week at a time or whatever amount of time it takes for us to get back into the

You don’t have to love the president. You don’t have to love what you see what’s going on in the world. But it’s really important that we don’t let it influence our lives, because when we let the media into our minds for 2, 3, 4 hours and then we don’t even touch our Bibles for you know a week at a time or whatever amount of time it takes for us to get back into the Word, we run into problems. We have to be careful and mindful of everything that we do. Because if we don’t, then we are going to be focused on the negative. We’re not going to be able to accomplish God’s will in our life when we’re constantly thinking everything is screwed up in our life.

We in America have a lot to be thankful for. We have freedoms that other places in the world can’t even fathom. And we are a very blessed land. There some pretty crazy stuff going on right now, and you can be encouraged because this is to be expected when a society turns their back on God. What do you think about? What do you dwell on? Are you tuning into the news every evening to find out what’s going on the world around you? Are you focusing in on what’s wrong in the world? Or are you choosing to dwell on the good in life? Are you choosing to dwell on the things that God commands us to do and he doesn’t do this because he’s a mean God that’s vengeful and angry and wants to set all these rules on you. He does it because he loves us.

For me and my house, we don’t watch anything that’s rated R, that’s mature, that has questionable content, and the reason is not because we are prude. The reason is because we need to protect our minds from the world. When you sit down and you watch the news or you watch a TV show, you were giving permission to that writer or personality on the news or whatever to influence you. And we cannot let the world have a dominant place in our life. For me personally, I can’t sit down and engage in television that teaches what’s contrary to everything I know and understand. And there’s been multiple times where I really wanted to watch a show. Just recently there was one, what was it? My wife Crystal and I were looking in, we were looking into it because it kinda looked funny. It was like ‘people of earth’ or something like that, but it turned out to be TV mature. And we had to go, “nope!” And we were both disappointed, but we know that the benefit of not watching it outweighs what it would do to our minds if we watch it. Because we cannot take in garbage and expect a good result. Instead of taking in garbage, I spend every morning reading my Bible and filling myself up with God so that I’m able to go out and find out his will and do it with all the things I do. But on the days where I slip, on the days in which I am not in my Bible in which I am not in prayer, I see a difference. And you should be able to analyze your own life and see a difference too. Because when we renew our mind and direct our focus on God our lives are transformed. And he knows that we are drawn to negativity. He knows that we struggle day in and day out with issues and problems in our own lives and we don’t need the world telling us what else is wrong. And this Scripture here in Philippians just is a reminder to us, that we need to focus on what is good, what is pure, what is right, what is lovely- anything excellent or praiseworthy.

Someone once said you are what you think, and it’s true. If you sit around and you think about how horrible things are, whether in the nation, in the world or in your life, and you get focused on yourself, you get focused on problems suddenly God gets really small, really small. We can’t allow that to happen if we want to live this life to the fullest the way God has planned it for our life. There are plenty of things going on that I don’t agree with, I’m not okay with, I’m not happy about it. But I know the God I serve and I know the ending. I know how it ends. And that’s Jesus coming back. Until then, I’m going to honor this passage in Philippians 4:8. And I challenge you, to do the same. The Bible says ‘do not be afraid’ over 365 times. That’s one for every day of the year. You think that’s coincidental? No. Because God knows we’re going to be afraid. He knows everything, and he knows this is a real struggle for you and for me. And that’s what the Bible is for. 2 Timothy tells us that all of the Word of God is for instruction.

I challenge you today to be mindful of what you’re putting in your mind. Whether it’s a TV show, a song on the radio, or the news, be mindful and ask yourself: Is it good? Is it right? Is it Pure? Lovely? Admirable? Excellent? Praiseworthy? Because these are the things that are going to shape your life. You are what you think, and if you think life sucks or hold on tight it’s almost over, and you live in that, then your life is going to reflect it.

In conclusion, I want you to know that I love you and I care about you even if I don’t know you. Because we as Christians are in it together, and we as Christians have the hope and security of Jesus Christ. And this verse should not feel like a restriction but a command to have a better life.

I appreciate you tuning in for the episode, and I hope the rest of the day finds you well.

 

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