By Roy Burner - Minister of the Gospel
Programming the mind is of upmost importance with that which will not lash back later in life. That which has been programmed in the mind will tarry; to be recalled long after one has divorced themselves from such influence.
Many today have allowed the ungodliness of man to pollute the mind rather than have safeguards to offset such an influence. The internet has safeguards that can filter unwanted material but at times those safeguards may fail; or even be skirted past to gain entrance to that which has been dangled as bait. (Comment)
The fleshy mind is at enmity with God; not subject to the law of God, neither can be (Romans 8:7). With the availability of the Internet, and other sources, and the desires of one's heart programming the mind, the wrong influence can be inserted.
Scripture gives warning: To be carnally minded (allowing the flesh to have control) is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace (Romans 8:6).
The Apostle Paul noted: In the past you walked according to the prince of the power of the air (or Satan), the spirit that now works on the children of disobedience. Among whom also we all conducted ourselves in times past, in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath even as others (Ephesians 2:2-3).
A Bible commentary noted: You lived with tendencies, thoughts, pursuits, and deeds that were opposed to God. You lived with ungodly values being subject to the dictates and wishes of Satan.
God does not leave one in that condition; if they have a willing heart to receive His instruction and guidance; bringing about the peace of God. God who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, has quickened us together with Christ (Ephesians 2:4-5). God's saving grace (Ephesians 2:8) reaches out to those who heed His call towards obtaining a heavenly reward through the Lord Jesus Christ (John 3:16).
Programming the mind begin long ago when the king of Babylon set up an image with all the people, the nations, and the languages, required to fall down, when they heard the sound of music being played, to worship the golden image he had set up (Daniel 3:7).
There are many today who are unknowingly worshipping images being set before them; with programming towards acceptance. Our youth are being programmed in like manner; at a tender young age, towards acceptance of ungodly ways that generate a new age of acceptability.
There has been a laxity in promoting the Word of God; with many voices being silenced, either by choice or threat. The steadfastness of the past towards God's Word is being tarnished by those who seek to lessen its influence.
The guiding principles, and commandments of God's Word is being filtered out to go along with desired lifestyles. Programming the mind towards acceptance of such, is condemned in God's Word, but despite that fact, is growing with leap and bounds. There has been little outcry coming forth, from the modern day church, in many Western nations.
Scripture sets a guideline as to what one is to consume; with the programming of mind towards what is acceptable to God, bringing about the peace of God in mind and heart. In order to keep God's peace one must occupy the mind with the right things and busy themselves with the right activities.
Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be anything praiseworthy, meditate on these things. Those things which you have learned, and received, and heard, and see do; that the God of peace may be with you (Philippians 4:8-9).
Whatsoever things are true is in regard to all that is truth and in agreement with God's Word. The opposite of such is falsehoods, lying, and hypocrisy. We are witnessing this in such a degree; that it is difficult to tell truth from falsehoods, because the latter has been cleverly disguised to make it appear as truth.
Bear in mind the consequences for failure to tell the truth: All liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone(Revelations 21:8). There shall no wise enter into the heavenly abode anything that defiles, or causes an abomination, or makes a lie (Revelation 21:27).
Whatsoever things are honest in the sight of men; with the opposite being programming the mind towards excessive or an unseemly nature, not having steadfastness but changeable, with little regard towards the consequences for having done so.
There is a growing trend of withdrawing from the Word of God because it condemns one's standard of conduct; bringing a reproach on desired lifestyles. Honesty is not a virtue that excels in the personage of man or woman when they seek their own personal gain no matter the cost.
Whatsoever things are pure in words and deeds, agreeable in the holy nature, law, and will of God to promote holiness in heart and life. Opposite is filthiness and foolish talking, with obscene words and actions, which is in abundance in these latter days.
There is an avalanche of ungodliness programming the mind that has far surpassed the pre-Flood period of Noah, Sodom and Gomorrah, and Babylon which was the hold of every foul spirit. Ungodliness is having no regard toward God, or His Word, being polluted by sin and wickedness.
Whatsoever things are lovely are amiable in themselves, found among moral men, to cultivate and increase love and friendship. Such are grateful to God with the opposite being: Contention, strife, wrath, and hatred.
God's Word addresses the works of the flesh: Hatred, variance (or being at odds with one another), jealousies, wrath, strife (or selfish ambitions), dissensions, envying, and reveling; they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God (unless repentance comes to the forefront) (Galatians 7:20-21).
On the other hand is the fruit of the Spirit: Love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, self-control, against such there is no law (Galatians 5:22) which could readily fall under the whatsoever things are lovely category.
Whatsoever things are of a good report establishes a good name. God's Word reveals that a good name is better than precious ointment (Ecclesiastes 7:1). That one is an ambassador for Christ in His stead (2 Corinthians 5:20).
This lays a serious charge to those of a good report. An ambassador of any nation means they are its representative; with their actions being keenly observed, and noted, in representing their country. It is no different with a Christian being the representative of Christ.
The final category mentioned is: If there be any virtue and if there be any praise think on these things. One is to mediate on them, resolve them in their minds, seriously considering them, in order to put them into practice.
To follow after meaningful instruction as a representative of God and the Lord Jesus Christ. To not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers; for what fellowship has righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion has light with darkness (2 Corinthians 6:14)?
Come out from among them, and be separate saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you (2 Corinthians 6:17). Let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit (2 Corinthians 7:1). Be not conformed to this world; but be transformed by the renewing of your mind (programming the mind with godly virtues thoughts), that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God (Romans 12:2).
We are living in a society that has gone far beyond the bounds of human decency; because programming the mind has been geared towards such a mentality, readily accepted rather than rejected.
The apostle Paul told Timothy, a young evangelist, that evil men and seducers shall grow worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived (2 Timothy 3:13). But preach the word, reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long-suffering and doctrine.
For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers; having itching ears; they shall turn away from the truth (2 Timothy 4:2-4). Preaching is the God-ordinated means to prevent defection from the truth.
Teachers who appeal to itching ears tell people what they want to hear, not what they need to hear. The modernistic church, in many Western nations, has shied away from declaring the righteousness of God; the holiness without which no man shall see the Lord (Hebrews 12:14), with refusal to participate in the sound doctrine apostle Paul was speaking of.
The apostle Peter revealed that many would walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness. They would speak evil of the things they understand not; and would utterly perish in their own corruption. They would beguile unstable souls.
These are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest to whom the midst of darkness is reserved forever (confines of a literal Hell) (2 Peter 2:10-17). Programming the mind in the right direction (a godly direction) can prevent one's entrance into such a place.
For God is longsuffering not willing that any should perish (or go the place called Hell), but that all should come to repentance; confessing their sins, looking to Jesus the Son of God, for their sins to be purged and to be cleansed by His precious blood.
Scripture reveals that the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from all sin (1 John 1:7). If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). That if any man sin, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins (1 John 1:9).
Programming the mind is to gear one towards the life-saving message of God's Word; to avoid the pollutions of this world, yielding one's heart and life over to a living Savior and the influence of God's blessed Word.
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