Close Encounters of the Worst Kind

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Idolatry-Discerning: Purity of thought

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Philippians 4:8

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.

Have you ever watched a scary movie…and then had a nightmare?  Have you ever thought about owning something so much…that you were tempted to steal it?  Have you ever wished you could “wash” your thoughts away and start new thoughts?  Then you need to know Eve’s story.

Eve was the very first woman—ever!  She lived with her perfect husband Adam in a perfect garden where nothing was ever hard or bad.  She walked and talked with God each night. She never felt pain, she never got hurt, she had the perfect life….until the serpent told her some lies about God and about a certain tree in the garden.  Suddenly, all Eve could think about was the fruit on that one particular tree.  The more she thought about that fruit, the more she wanted to taste it.  The more she wanted to taste that fruit, the more she was tempted to disobey God and eat it.  She kept thinking about that fruit, until she did it. She took that fruit and ate it. At that moment, her perfect life was shattered!

Our thoughts lead to our actions and our actions often get us into trouble, so how do we control our thoughts?  Paul gave this good advice to Christians:  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 (Philippians 4:8).  What does Paul mean?  He’s saying to be really careful about what we choose to think about.  The more we think about good things, the more our words and our actions make our lives better and happier.  The more junk we think about—or look at—the more the junk comes spilling out in our words and the more regret (instead of joy) we have.

If we want to be happy, we need to think about good things.  So be on your guard as to what you are thinking about!  It’s that stuff we think about that can really cause unhappiness—just ask Eve!

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