You and I do not give a second thought…to removing the clothes from our bodies..at the end of the work day or after a good days fishing. They stink. They have taken on the odors of the body…the bait…the fish..the day. They and our body’s need to be cleansed and refreshed. My wife showed me some time ago that she uses these little fragranced sheets in the drier to add a fresh aroma to the clothes as they dry. We change the sheets and pillow cases from our beds after several days of sleeping on them. If you own a car they need to be cleaned and vacuumed. The glass takes on the residuals of the road and becomes foggy and hard to see through. Particularly at night or in the bright setting sun.
The eyes of a human being are said to be the windows of the soul. And the mind processes and reprocesses all that the eyes see. And the ears take in all of the sounds that we surround ourselves with. Together our eyes and ears are enjoined in allowing to enter the body whatever we determine in our hearts to surround ourselves with. But as the mind and the soul of man become dirtied and soiled with this world. Who among us gives any thought to cleansing them. The filth and the sounds of sin. The movies and the violence that you have allowed to enter in. The vulgar jokes and thoughts. The books and articles that you know were not for you to read. They are all in there. Stored within your members.
But you can change your mind. And change who you are. You can take off the old man and put on the new. You don’t have to carry that spiritual stench around with you anymore. So how do we do this Mr. Pundit? And where do we begin? Well I am so glad that you asked. Romans chapter 12 and verse 2 says this. Do not be conformed to this world. But rather be transformed. By the renewal of your mind. Renewal of the mind. Now there’s a novel idea. We renew our houses with fresh paint. We take a shave and comb our hair. We brush and floss our teeth. We use tire and wheel cleaners to renew their appearance. But the mind is not renewed. Or is it? Friend…change your mind and change your life. And the process begins in the book of Philippians chapter 4 verse 4. Rejoice in the Lord always. And again I say rejoice. Let your Godly moderation be known to all men. Do not worry for anything. But by prayer with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
And the peace of God which surpasses all understanding. Shall keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.Whatever things are true. Whatever things are honest. Whatever things are just. Whatever things are pure. Whatever things are lovely. Whatever things are of a good report. And if there be anything virtuous. And if it is worthy of praise. Think about these things. And those things which you have learned and received and heard and seen from me do. And the God of peace shall be with you……The last part of this passage is the best. As Paul tells them to follow his example. You also can be that good example. A go to source of Godly advice and counsel. A resource for the kingdom of heaven to those in your life. You will be surprised how many people who will come to you in secret….asking you for advice. They will recognize in you that you are different. You have been cleansed by the blood of Jesus. You are now a vessel for the master use. But you must begin at the beginning as we all do. For me nothing lays the groundwork better than a good confession. A cleansing of the spirit, soul and mind. A spiritual and total car wash. Inside and out. Shake off those acquaintances that you know are no good for you. Stop going to the movies. Set some time aside daily for prayer and thanksgiving with God. And you will be amazed at what happens next…To be continued