But we belong to God, and those who know God listen to us. If they do not belong to God, they do not listen to us. That is how we know if someone has the Spirit of truth or the spirit of deception. – 1 John 4:6 NLT
We must be very careful who we let speak into our Spiritual lives. Are the people with whom we spend the most time encouraging us in our Spiritual life or are they more concerned with worldly activities, such as our social life? Do we spend more time on Facebook or in the Book? There are at least two very easy ways to find out where we are “laying up our treasures”. One is to look at our checkbooks to see where we spend our earthly treasure and the other is our phones/computers to see with whom we converse and what we converse about. Are we tithing our money and our time? We don’t need to be spiritual fanatics beating people over the head with the Bible, but we do need to be sure that our lives reflect the fact that we are redeemed and that Jesus Christ is our Lord, We need to listen to God, first of all, and then to those who belong to God. We need heavenly wisdom, not earthly wisdom.
18 Do not fool yourselves. If you think you are wise in this world, you should become a fool so that you can become truly wise, 19 because the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. It is written in the Scriptures, “He catches those who are wise in their own clever traps.” 20 It is also written in the Scriptures, “The Lord knows what wise people think. He knows their thoughts are just a puff of wind.”—1 Cor. 3:18-20 (NCV)
Our brains are the most fantastic computers ever designed and we all know the old GIGO principle about computers. So, we need to limit the amount of garbage the world puts in us and increase the amount of wisdom that God is so anxious to give to us. We do this by meditating on the Scriptures and listening to and spending time with the right people.
“The Gospel has come to you because it’s on its way to someone else.” -Anonymous
6 If your sinful old self is the boss over your mind, it leads to death. But if the Holy Spirit is the boss over your mind, it leads to life and peace.
— Romans 8:6 New Life Version (NLV)
Spiritual battles are fought in our minds. The thoughts that we allow to linger in our minds long enough will turn into words and actions. That is why the mind must be guarded at all times. In the early days of computers, there was an acronym that was used quite frequently when computers spit out garbage or nonsense. That acronym was “gigo” , garbage in, garbage out. Our minds are the most fantastic computers imaginable. It is said that most of us never even use ten percent of the capacity of our brains. So, if we feast on visual and oral garbage for hours every day, then that is what is going to come out of our minds. We need to be God-focused, not sin-focused. Don’t fall into the enemy’s trap of remembering and rehearsing your sins and mistakes. Rather, focus on what you know to be true. God fulfills every promise. He forgives us every time we fail. When satan tempted Jesus, Jesus responded with scriptures. We must fight evil the same way. That is the example we are to follow. If satan whispers in your ear that you are not forgiven, just quote 1 John 1:9 to him.
9 If we tell Him our sins, He is faithful and we can depend on Him to forgive us of our sins. He will make our lives clean from all sin.