Brain “Washing” Produces “Clean” Living (Part 2)

March 9, 2010 at 12:39 pm | Posted in Bible Studies | 4 Comments
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Continuing from Part 1, Philippians 4:8 tells us exactly what sorts of things are good to think about.

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.

Philippians 4:8-9

But what about the thoughts that are not good – the fiery darts of Satan? How do we keep them from coming in? First we need to know about our enemy, and take him seriously. There is a story about President Roosevelt, who thought that his dog was a good fighter. However, the dog was once attacked by another dog and soundly beaten. When challenged on whether the President’s dog could no longer be classified as a good fighter, President Roosevelt replied, “No, he’s still a good fighter – he’s just a poor judge of dogs!” As Christians we should know that Christ’s love for us will give us the ultimate victory over any enemy.

For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 8:38-39

We should never underestimate our enemies, but, once we are able to recognize them, we can be confident.

Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

II Corinthians 5:10

When we think about the seemingly limitless assault on our thought lives, and wonder how we can out-think so many enemies, we must remember that even statistics are on our side. King Hezekiah told his soldiers when he saw the multitude of Sennacherib’s army against them:

Be strong and courageous, be not afraid nor dismayed for the king of Assyria, nor for all the multitude that is with him: for there be more with us than with him:

II Chronicles 32:7

After all, only a third of the angels fell from Heaven. That means there are still two-thirds on our side as ministering spirits. I’m not great at math, but, by my count, two-thirds is at least twice as much as one-third!

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

Philippians 4:8

Things we should think about:

1. What is true. There is no point worrying about what we don’t know or what we can’t control. Some of us remember the “Y2K” hysteria when supposedly all of our technology was going to fail, causing chaos, when computers would be unable to recognize the year “2000.” It turned out not to be such a big deal. Worrying about something when there is no indication it will come to pass probably means the devil is lying to you. He is a liar, he’s the father of lies, and he was a liar from the beginning.

Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?

Genesis 3:1

2. What is honest and just. Some things are unworthy of a Christian’s energy, even of his thought energy. Scheming to work out things on our own, instead of trusting God to take care of them, is dishonest, and it causes a bad report. Don’t even think on it!

3. Whatever possesses virtue and praise. Some things are morally neither right nor wrong. They are amoral. But they have no “virtue” – they don’t motivate anyone to do good. Leisure activities may be technically without sin – but will they become a source of time consumption? Where is the virtue? It is not immoral to think about fashion, and to think about how we are going to dress. The issue is not what’s wrong with that. The issue is what is right with that? Where’s the virtue in it? Does it possess the potential for praise?

We are going to spend time talking to other people. When we think about what we’re going to say ( and it is important to think about it!) we need to think of something we can praise them for, not something that will tear them down.

When I think of Sis. Susie, do I think, “Oh no, here comes old big-mouth?” If so, then I’ll have to lie to her to be nice to her face. What I need to do is think, “She might be talkative, but she really is a friendly person.” That will produce praise.

Our testimony is affected more by what we do than what we think, but it is so important to “wash our brain” – to clean up our thinking. Because right thinking produces right living. “Brain washing” results in “clean living.”

Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.

Philippians 4:9

To live right we must learn, but we also must “receive.” Learning is when it enters the brain – when something becomes a stored fact. But “receiving” is when we accept it and make it a part of our life. Hearing the Word of God produces faith – and living the Word of God is the evidence that we have that faith. If I know the God of peace, I should also know the peace of God.

Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.

Psalm 119:165

Only God knows your heart, but if you’re easily offended then you’re not acting like someone who’s truly a Christian. In Nehemiah they had all kinds of opposition – traitors within and intimidators without. I know that the real key is that they had God on their side when they rebuilt the walls of Jerusalem in 52 days, but look at the type of people God used to do this great work.

So built we the wall; and all the wall was joined together unto the half thereof: for the people had a mind to work.

Nehemiah 4:6

Their thinking was right, so their living was right, and therefore their working was right. Our thoughts control our actions – and our actions reveal our thoughts. Proverbs 23:7 warns to beware of the evil ruler: “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he…”

Is your brain washed? Is your life clean? You can’t have a clean mind or a clean life until you have a clean heart – until the Lord Jesus Christ has created in you a new heart.

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