Garbage in, garbage out. What we put into our minds is ultimately that which comes out of our minds, hearts, and mouths. Proverbs 23:7 says, "...as he thinks in his heart, so is he...."
Our thoughts and mind are so important! Watch TV with foul language constantly, and it won't be long before you let an expletive slip out. We must guard our minds and hearts! Here's how:
Watch your words. We speak differently when in front of people we love and respect, versus people who we dislike. In front of mom, we'll speak the right way. When someone swears in front of me, I always want to say, "You kiss your mom with that mouth?" The idea being that your mom wouldn't approve of your foul mouth and I bet she didn't raise you to speak that way.
If we would only imagine that with our words that God is listening, would that affect the way we speak and our language? I bet it would. But consider, God IS always listening! He DOES hear our words and our speech (Heb 4:13). Therefore, let's clean up the way we speak!
Watch your thoughts. Pornography is so dangerous because you can't "un-see" an image. It gets into your mind and those pictures and thoughts are etched into your memory unless you work hard to eradicate, bury and kill them. Writing this Psalm, David is trying his best to let the thoughts and meditation of his heart be acceptable to God. The things we think about matter! David recognized it, and wanted to do what's right! Do you?
Looking to make your thoughts better? Read also: 2 Cor 10:5; Rom 8:6, 7; 12:2.
The Trump sure likes to fire people. How many memes can you find on the internet of him telling people, "you're fired"? Hundreds!
Do we "demote" God when we feel like He's not "cutting it"? Here are some ways we demote God in our lives:
1) Not putting Him above all other things in our lives - Mt 6:33. Truth is, when God comes second, He's been demoted. Relegated to second place in lieu of whatever has become most important in our lives.
Sadly, when things don't turn out as we think they should, we may bump Him down to second. Like a bench-warmer, when we need Him, He's there, but until then we're content to have God "ride the bench" until we need Him to step in and help.
2) Not giving Him the glory He deserves. David writes that God's glory is "above the heavens", or "highest above all other things". Is He highest in my life? - Ps 8:1
3) Not taking time to consider the amazing works of God. In truth, evolution has put God on the fast track out of town. Instead of looking around and being amazed at the stars, we hear, "but man can put satellites into orbit and men on the moon".
Instead of marveling at the moon and stars, we hear, "amazing that all of that came out of the big bang..."
Instead of looking at mankind and enjoying how we are made, "in His image" we hear, "we have evolved over millions of years..."
No wonder it is so easy for people to demote God to second place when what we hear is contrary to God's Word. Take time today to consider God's amazing works: The sun, moon, stars, galaxies, universes, and solar systems. Don't forget that as amazing as these things are, mankind is more special. - Ps 8:3
4)Not realizing the blessings we have. When we look around and say, "look at what I've done with my life" we empower ourselves and demote God. Remember that the source of ALL our blessings is God. He has given us glory and honor. Give thanks to Him! - Ps 8:5
Don't demote God in your life. Promote Him to #1!
Stress keeping you awake at night? Pray!
There was a certain point in my life where I was extremely stressed. The stressful event lasted nearly a year before it was resolved, but the result of that stress was that I was not sleeping well at night at all! I would toss and turn and what little rest I got, I would wake up in the morning feeling exhausted.
I wrote this verse (Psalm 4:8) and taped it to my wall right by my headboard. I made sure I saw it right before I went to sleep at night. No, this verse was not some lucky charm to ward off the sleep stealing demons, but it was a reminder to give my problems to God who is willing and able to help. Praying about this and turning my problems of the day over to God helped me immensely.
So, what helps you fight off stress? What verses comfort you most?
Aaron Baker works with the fun church family at Foristell.