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"Impressionable Minds"

August 17, 2006

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Think about such things. Philippians 4:8

We are all born with certain hereditary characteristics and a sinful nature. Yet our minds are also quite impressionable to the influences of our environment, ready to keep a record of everything we encounter along life's way. Stored there, many of our past experiences affect our present thoughts and actions.

We must marvel at God's design in providing us with this gray matter between our ears. Our minds and those of our children are our greatest stewardship responsibilities. We must be careful about what our minds receive.

So much is available to us that poisons our minds. That was true in Paul's day too. He exhorts the Christians at Philippi to watch what they feed their minds. He encourages whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, or deserving praise, saying: "Think about such things."

The best nourishment for our minds is worship in the body of Christ with fellow Christians and a regular study of the Scriptures. Through them the Holy Spirit, having brought us to faith in Christ, works all good within us. And the promise holds true: "The peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:7).

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, continue to nourish us with Your life-giving Word; in Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

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Today's Bible Readings: Psalms 45-47    1 Corinthians 10:19-33

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