“A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.” Luke 6:45
What do you think about subliminal messages? I never used to think much about the concept until one day when I walked into a store with a friend, spent some time there and left. Later in the day I had a song on my mind and began singing it and humming it and mentioned that I had no idea why it was on my mind. My friend said, ‘It was playing in the store.’ I had been so focused on other things during our time in the store that I never registered that fact.
If that’s true (and it is) about what we inadvertently expose ourselves to, it proves the point that what goes into our mind, whether visually or auditorily, should be strategically and wisely chosen.
I heard a pastor share about a hospital where God’s word is played over the P.A. system 24 hours a day. The goal is to facilitate healthy minds and right thinking on truths and demolish lies.
When Jesus was in the desert he was exhausted, starving and parched. He was vulnerable and a prime candidate for attack and failure. And, in standard fashion the tempter approached Him and suggested very appealing ways to find relief from His state of suffering. Wow! Jesus, perfection Himself, quoted truths from God’s word to rid Himself of the destructive presence. He didn’t lend his vulnerable state to the father of lies. He knew exactly what truth to claim, and He claimed it!
I can’t think of anyone I would prefer to emulate more than my creator. But preference and reality don’t always line up. Distractions come in so many forms, some good reasons and some painful. Another reason in-and-of itself to be prayerful in all things.
As we spend time in God’s word, filling our minds with His truths, we acquire a mind and heart full of God’s loving truths. Full of right and truth based thoughts, enabling us to filter life through His Spirit. The mere thought of that sounds so healthy and freeing.
He is incapable of breaking promises and He promised that He gave us a full measure of the fruit of His spirit and power. Our time in His word appropriates the fruit and power.
I’m thankful for the Lord’s faithfulness. . . you too? :)