– Philippians 4:8
Mark Twain once wrote, “What a wee little part of a person’s life are his acts and his words! His real life is led in his head, and is known to none but himself. All day long, the mill of his brain is grinding, and his thoughts, not those other things, are his history.”
I think Mr. Twain was on to something. He put words to the struggle that we began to look at last Friday at One Thing for Men …that there is an ongoing battle for the minds of men. This battle will continue to rage in us until either the Lord Jesus returns and calls us home, or we take our last breath and then step into eternity.
Jonathan Edwards, the great revivalist preacher from the early to mid 1700’s put it like this: “The ideas and images in men’s minds are the invisible powers that constantly govern them.”
If we were to have an all out, gut wrenching honesty fest, I think we would all have to admit that every sin we’ve ever committed on the outside was first committed in the mind. And if truth were known, if we have any desire to live a God honoring life, we must win the battle over sin on the thought level of our mind.
That is why we are talking again this week about “Head Games.” That’s really a rather benign title, but dog gone it, that’s where we are! The battlefield is the mind and the enemy of our soul is a ruthless and relentless enemy, hell bent on keeping us away from God, if he can, or disenfranchised with Him if he can’t.
Last Friday we talked at length about “taking every thought captive.” That was our first step. This week we are going to focus our attention on what comes next. And that is, what we should be thinking about!
Philippians 4:8 is one of my personal all time favorite verses. And that is exactly where we will find ourselves mining for truth that will indeed set us free.
I want to encourage you to read and reread that verse many times before Friday morning. As a matter of fact, you may even want to try to memorize it! It will serve you very well in your future if you do.
My hope and prayer is that you will come this Friday morning to Cabernet Steakhouse, hungry not for physical food, but hungry for spiritual food that will satisfy your soul.
This issue of the battle for our minds is too important to brush off lightly. Victory in this area of your life can be yours, but you’re going to have to put forth some effort to get it.
So plan on joining in around the tables at One Thing this Friday at 7:00 a.m.
It is with great expectancy that I hope to see you there, as we stand shoulder to shoulder in fighting this good fight of faith!
Standing strong together,
This Week’s Key Verses
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” Philippians 4:8
“Give me understanding, that I may keep your law and observe it with my whole heart.”
“Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”
1 Peter 1:13
“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind …”