“Therefore get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevelant and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.”
I’m sure we’ve all heard the children’s song “Be Careful Little Eyes What You See.” It’s so true!! We need to be careful what we allow to come into our lives. We need to be careful what we are watching on TV, reading in magazines, looking at on the internet, what kind of music we are listening to, and the people we are surrounding ourselves with. I know it’s a daily challenge, but it’s important that we are mindful because what goes in will eventually come out. And I don’t know about you, but I don’t want the fruits of the flesh coming out of me... “sexual immorality, impurity, debauchery, idolatry and witchcraft, hatred, discord, jealously, fits of rage, selfish ambitions, dissensions, factions, and envy, drunkenness, orgies, and the like.” (Gal 5:19-21) I want the fruits of the spirit to be exhibited in my life… “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” (Gal 5:22-23) Therefore, we have an option on how to feed the natures inside of us. It is said that our flesh can be equated to as a “bad dog” and our spirit as a “good dog.” The one that is fed the most is the one that will grow the strongest inside you and dominate over the other. So let’s feed that good dog. For some of us that may mean making some drastic changes in our lives, but I guarantee you it will most definitely be worth it. Romans 12:1-4 tells us “Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer you bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God – this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any long to the patterns of 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.”
“Father, in Jesus’ name, thank You that we shall prosper in all things and be in health, just as our souls prosper. You have given us Christ’s way of thinking. We trust in You, Lord with all our heart; we do not depend on our own understanding. We seek Your will in all we do and You show us which path to take.
Today we surrender ourselves to Your Word, for it exposes and sifts and analyzes and judges the very thoughts and purposes of our hearts. Help us to us Your mighty weapons to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and destroy false arguments – every pretension (intimidation, fears, doubts, unbelief, and failure) that sets itself up against the knowledge of God. We take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
We refuse to be conformed to this age. We are being transformed by the renewing of our minds, so that we may discern what is the good, pleasing and perfect will of God. We never stop reciting Your words, Lord. We think about them night and day so that we will faithfully do everything written in them. It is the we prosper and succeed.
Our thoughts are the thoughts of the diligent, which tend only to plenteousness. So we don’t worry about anything; instead, we pray about everything. We tell You, Father, what we need and thank You for all You have done. The peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard our heart and our mind in Christ Jesus.
We fix our thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. We think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.
Today we roll our works upon You, Lord – we commit and trust them wholly to You. You cause our thoughts to become agreeable to Your will, and so our plans are established and succeed.
In Jesus’ matchless name we pray, amen.”
(Prayer from “Prayers That Avail Much)