Amos 3:3 “Can two walk together, except they be agreed?”
Just a quick thought this morning…
I have read this verse and heard sermons preached about the people we walk with and the effects of those relationships. But a new thought along those same lines.
Our feet are not the only things that walk alongside; our minds walk a path long before our feet do. We agree in our minds with things our feet would not dare travel. We can travel in the realms of the illicit, the illegal, and the immoral agreeing with them without ever revealing any fruit of those paths with our feet.
The time when the mind’s path becomes where our feet will travel is subject to the overflow. God tells us:
Luke 6:45 “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.”
Many do not get much of what happens on a Sunday morning because of the abundance that is in their heart from the night before. A thorough cleansing is needed in any cases. It is the washing of the water of the Word that needs first to flow then overflow in our hearts.
1 John 1:9 is wonderful to remember, but the actual practice of it must be employed for it to have any effect on our lives whatsoever. It says:
1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
“If we confess…”
Confession is an agreement with God about what is true; about what is going on in our hearts.
Our shame and our guilt keep us from having the faith necessary to believe that God would ever forgive us for what we did. Satan banks on the fact that we shy away from getting the help we truly need to release us from the bondage sin places on us.
To have such good fruit, we must affect our minds with the cleansing agent – blood. The cleansing needed comes when our minds are washed over and over on a daily, sometimes hourly basis.
What is the cure?
Philippians 4:8-9 “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.”
This is God’s filter for our minds.
The check should be done long before we sit down to read a book or click to a questionable website. Does it pass God’s test? Is it true? Is it honest, just, pure, lovely, of good report, contain virtue, or worthy of praise? On any one of these, we should stop and retreat to the high ground in our mind.
Memorization of scripture and hymns that combat these thoughts are the key to our living victoriously. I sing, “Heaven came down, and glory filled my soul.” It swiftly brings me to the day of my salvation and reminds me to whom I belong.
Let us ready ourselves this morning to be fed from the Word of God. Do not wait until the Preacher has to do so from the pulpit. Privately, and quietly in the security of your own home; come before the throne of grace first for the cleansing needed for us. Then, to find the grace needed to help others.
I can guarantee you will have a much better time on a Sunday morning than without it!