“Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.” -1 Peter 1:13-16
“If you are going to live a life of holiness, it starts with your mind. It does not start with what you do, but who you are.” -Pastor Steve Wainright (excerpt from Sunday Morning Sermon from 1 Peter 1:13-16)
“Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ” -2 Corinthians 10:5
“Guard your thoughts, and there will be little fear about your actions.” -J.C. Ryle
“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
What controls the meditation of your thoughts and what commands the focus of your desires, will then exercise control over the things you say and do. -Paul Tripp via Twitter
“For when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do what the law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the law. They show that the work of the law is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness, and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them on that day when, according to my gospel, God judges the secrets of men by Christ Jesus.” -Romans 2:14-16
Conduct, conscience, thoughts and secrets stand as witness against the moral man. God has planted and instilled truth in the hearts of men. They know right from wrong.
excerpts from “The Witness Against the Moral Man” by Steve Wainright
——-This Week’s Sermon Audio——-
Sunday Morning Sermon Audio: The Witness Against the Moral Man | Romans 2:14-16 | Steve Wainright
Sunday Evening Sermon Audio: The Kind of Faith that Doesn’t Bring Salvation | John 2:23-25 | Anthony Vance
Sunday Morning| Pastor Steve Wainright | What Do You Think? | Philippians 4:8-9
“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. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.” -Philippians 4:8-9
What you think determines how you live. Thoughts turn to action. How’s your thought life?
Sunday Morning Sermon Audio: What Do You Think? | Philippians 4:8-9
“But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ.” -2 Corinthians 11:3
Satan deceived Eve subtly. He desires to corrupt people’s minds, to lead them astray from Christ to worship other gods.
Christ demands total devotion. An undivided heart. Satan offers pleasure of sin for a season, but then comes pain from the consequences.
He desires to corrupt your thoughts. What you THINK is so important: doctrinally and morally. If your thoughts are not pure, your devotion will not be pure.
Stay focused and remain pure for the Day when we are joined with Christ forever. Let your life be consumed with God!
So I’ve never done this before, but I’m going to share a little blurb from my journal that my friend Ashley got me for my birthday. It is a unique journal because every other page contains three passages from Psalms followed by a place to reflect on a topic presented in the verses! I love it! Even though my major is journalism, I don’t really sit down to write too often, but when I do, I really enjoy it and I learn more. Like Abraham Lincoln, I write to find out! Don’t expect anything profound, but the Lord laid it on my heart to share with you what He has been making me meditate on lately!
[This is from my January 11 entry on “Delight in the Lord”]
“Delight yourself in the Lord; and He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He will do it. He will bring forth your righteousness as the light and your judgment as the noonday.” -Psalm 37:4-6 NASB
When my delight is in the Lord, my will lines up with His, therefore our desires coincide and He gives me the desires of my heart.
“Then my soul will rejoice in the Lord and delight in His salvation. My whole being will exclaim, ‘Who is like You, O Lord? You rescue the poor from those too strong for them, the poor and needy from those who rob them.'” -Psalm 35:9-10 NIV
When my delight is in the Lord, I realize no one can compare to Him and learn He is my Protector and Provider.
“I will extol the Lord at all times; His praise will always be on my lips. My soul will boast in the Lord; let the afflicted hear and rejoice. Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt His Name together.” -Psalm 34:1-3
When my delight is in the Lord, I can praise Him at all times, realizing every situation in my life -whether good or bad- is working for my good and His glory.
“I will not boast in anything: no gifts, no power, no wisdom; but I will boast in Jesus Christ, His death and resurrection! Why should I can from His reward? I cannot give an answer…” (from “How Deep the Father’s Love for Us” by Stuart Townend)
Psalm 19:14; Nehemiah 8:10