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Be Heavenly Minded

God desires we walk in holiness and godliness. It’s a decision every Christian needs to make. The Apostle Paul taught, “Do not be conformed to this world, this age, fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs, but be transformed, changed by the entire renewal of your mind, by its new ideals and its new attitude. (Romans 12:1,2 AMP) Basically, we are to think like God thinks, live like God desires and be like Jesus, not like the lost world around us. We copy Jesus, not the lost world. God says, “Hate what is evil, cling to what is good.” (Romans 12:9 NIV)  “Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” (Col. 3:1,2 NIV)  Do you hate the evil God hates and love what he loves?  How about your music and entertainments? If it’s full of the evil and ungodliness God hates, you should hate it, too. It’s an ungodly earthly thing that isn’t from heaven above. God says don’t give it your attention or let your heart and mind find pleasure in it. God doesn’t give us commands to stay away from some things that are off limits for Christians. He isn’t trying to make life misearble. He knows what has the potential to corrupt you, pollute your heart and mind and draw you away from living a godly and holy life.  Is your heart and mind pure? It won’t be if you fill it with the ungodly filth this world offers through music, entertainments, books, magazines, video games etc. You can be saved and participate in these things, but you grieve the heart of God and open the door of your heart and mind to your arch enemy the devil. Disobedience opens the door of your heart and mind to Satan. Obedience to God shuts the door on the devil and sets you up to enjoy all God has for you. God promises inner joy, peace, blessings and happiness for those who obey him. I am not saying God won’t bless you to some extent because he is full of mercy and grace. But, I do believe you will not experience the full Christian life God has for you when you choose to honor and obey him. Your choices to disobey will make your road to heaven pretty bumpy. We obey God because we love Him, not because we want to simply follow him because he says so. “Happy are people of integrity who follow the law of the Lord. happy are those who obey his decrees and search for him with all their hearts. They do not compromise with evil and they walk only in his paths.” (Psalm 119:1-3 NLT) God says when you stay away from bad company, sin, evil and wickedness and do what he desires, you will be happy and blessed. You’re blessed when you meditate on God’s Word and allow his Word to shape your thinking and life. Do you need to change the way you think and act today? Do you need to get your mind more focused on God? Ask him to help you and he will give you all the grace you need to do so.

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