A little something to think about
“For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.” (Proverbs 23:7)
Our successes or failures in life can be directly related to our thoughts and how we think.
Positive thoughts plus positive actions equal positive results. Negative thoughts plus negative actions equal negative results.
Nothing can come from a sunflower seed but a sunflower, just as nothing can come from a watermelon seed but a watermelon, and nothing can come from a cantaloupe seed but a cantaloupe. We do not need to be a farmer to know that nature has proven this fact repeatedly.
The same law applies to morality. If our heart and life are completely surrendered to Christ and our mind is captivated and cultivated by the word of God, then we will bring forth good fruit. If our heart and life are not fully surrendered to Christ and our mind is filled with useless, empty, vain, worldly thoughts, then it will produce useless, empty, vain, worldly fruit.
James 4:7 reads: Submit yourselves then to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
Paul tells us in Romans 12:2: Do not be conformed to this world; but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is — his good, pleasing and perfect will.
In Paul’s letter to the Philippians (4:8) we read: Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things.
Submit (completely surrender heart and life to Christ; Jesus is Lord and Savior; John 14:6) plus renew your mind (do not be conformed to this world, God’s will is the standard to be accepted and applied to our life) plus have thoughts that are true, noble, right, pure lovely admirable, excellent or praiseworthy.
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2:20)
The mind will always produce of the seed that is planted in one’s heart. If Christ and Christ alone is planted in our heart, just think of the wonderful fruit that we can bear, the souls that can be won to Christ and the difference that could be made in the world we live in.
Just something to think about.
(“From the Pulpit” is a weekly sermon provided by the clergy members of The Weirton Ministerial Association)