Last evening when I came home from work. My wife was tuned in to the latest show on the Egyptians. In this latest rendition of walking like an Egyptian. The majority of the show was dedicated to their worshipping Nile crocodiles as gods. I cant even begin to wrap my mind around praying to and worshipping a reptile. The fact is that very little of what you think aside from Gods holy word. Will have any positive effect on your life. OH yes it will have an effect. But my emphasis is on the word positive. Your thoughts be they good or bad are creative in nature. Now let me run this by your egg shaped dome momentarily.
Our thoughts become words. Our words become actions. Our actions become habits. Our habits become our character. And in the end our character will determine where and how we spend eternity. Therefore according to Gods holy word. We can change our life by changing our mind. May I ask you a question? Do you or would you dare to wear the same clothing day after day? And why not? Because its dirty. And it will cause you to stink. Do you realize that your mindset has created who it is that you are? Your spoken words day after day. And what you have allowed repeatedly to enter into your mind and your body. Is what you have become. The sum has become the total of its parts. Now if you hang around people who are just like you. It really doesn’t matter. At least for now. Because they are not offended by what you say or do. They are not offended by what you think. And they are not offended by your choosing to worship crocodiles.
The Bangles sang a song that was named. Walk Like an Egyptian. Well as it turns out. The Pundit has a new song. Ands its name is Walk Like a Christian. First Corinthians chapter1 verse 14. But the natural man cannot receive the things which come from the Spirit of God. For they are foolishness to him. Neither can he or she know them. Because they are spiritually discerned….The bible teaches us that we have to put on the mind of Christ. The book of Romans chapter 12 verse 2. And do not be conformed to this world. But rather be transformed by the renewal of your mind. And so how is it exactly that this transformation occurs? By reading Gods word. By praying on a regular basis. By attending church regularly. Just like you need to launder your clothes or they will stink. You need to thoroughly scrub your mind and your thoughts daily to cleanse your spirit.
If you don’t know the story of Lazarus. Christ raised him from the dead after he had been buried for four days. We begin in the Gospel of John chapter 11 verse 38…Jesus groaning within himself came to the grave. It was a cave and a stone was laid against the entrance. And Jesus said to those present. Remove the stone. Now Martha who was the sister of Lazarus said, by this time he stinks. He has been dead for four days. Then Jesus said to her. Did I not tell you that if you would believe, you would see the glory of God? Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead man was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes and said. Father I thank you that you hear me. And I know that you hear me always. It is only because of the people standing by here that I say this that they may believe that you sent me. And when he had said this. He cried with a loud voice. Lazarus come out! And he who was dead came out. Bound both hand and foot with the grave cloth wrappings. And his face was bound with a napkin. And Jesus said, unwrap him and let him go.
Just like this man who was dead is wrapped in stinking grave clothes. So you are wrapped in the stench of sin prior to salvation. When God calls you forth from the dead. The clothes and spiritual death which once controlled you. Is the first thing that must be removed. Only then can you be free to move and live in Christ. You have become born again. You have been given a new lease on life. Now make the best of it. Unless of course you like worshipping crocodiles. What do you think? I’m so sorry. It doesn’t matter what you think. Or does it?….To be continued