“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.” (Philippians 4:8)
COMMENT: I think our Lead Scripture holds the record for being the longest we have used since we began these daily messages. It is my belief that the Lord went into such detail because of the enormous importance of what we allow our minds to concentrate on. As you know, the mind is a spiritual battlefield. We can think of it as fertile ground and the thoughts that come to us as seeds. We don’t have to receive bad seeds by doing what the Word instructs us to do:”. . .bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.” (2 Cor.10:5b) It is vitally important to know God’s Word so that you know what thoughts to accept and which you should reject. A recent revelation really drove this point home to me with great clarity. A female church member asked a friend of mine whether it was a sin to be intimate with a man before marriage. I can understand the question because of the popularity of “living together” in today’s society. It is possible that this young lady was aware of the prohibition, but chose to ignore it. But let’s “cut her some slack” and say that she was totally ignorant. If she had been in the Word, the thought of fornication would have been rejected outright rather than contemplated. Left unopposed, that thought would germinate and grow into a strong desire. The devil will make sure that the opportunity to put that desire into action would be readily available.
SCRIPTURE STUDY: 1 Cor. 6:13-20
WISE SAYING: DON’T PUT A QUESTION MARK WHERE GOD HAS PUT A PERIOD.