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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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November 14, 2013 - Worms

By Scott Harrup

During some Netflix time together, Austin and I recently discovered "Monsters Inside Me," an Animal Planet series about parasites. It is not a show for the squeamish, or particularly well suited for dinner viewing. I could feel my sandwich losing its flavor with each scene.

The episode we watched the other night featured rare worm infestations that nearly killed their victims. In each case, the worms started out as microscopic larvae that invaded their victim by way of an intermediate host. In two cases, the worms found their way to the victim's brain and caused significant damage.

Followers of Christ deal with "brain-eating" invaders of their own. A momentary temptation matures into a thought pattern and comes to life in a destructive choice. What started out small and hidden grows into a broken marriage, ruined reputation, or lifelong regret for the pain and loss inflicted on others.

The apostle James describes this process in his epistle: "A man is tempted to do wrong when he lets himself be led by what his bad thoughts tell him to do. When he does what his bad thoughts tell him to do, he sins. When sin completes its work, it brings death" (James 1:14,15, New Life Version).

But Scripture gives us more than a description of this mind-threatening problem. Other passages list effective countermeasures that lead to a healthy mind and a fulfilling life.

"Let the sins of the sinful stop. But build up those who are right with You. For the God Who is right and good tests both the hearts and the minds" (Psalm 7:9).

"I will give honor and thanks to the Lord, Who has told me what to do. Yes, even at night my mind teaches me" (Psalm 16:7).

"Test me and try me, O Lord. Test my mind and my heart" (Psalm 26:2).

"The mind of the one who is right with God thinks about how to answer, but the mouth of the sinful pours out sinful things" (Proverbs 15:28).

"You will keep the man in perfect peace whose mind is kept on You, because he trusts in You" (Isaiah 26:3).

"But Daniel made up his mind that he would not make himself unclean with the king's best food and wine" (Daniel 1:8).

"Jesus said to him, 'You must love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind'" (Matthew 22:37).

"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).

Do you feel like temptation is trying to "worm" itself into your mind? You don't have to fall prey to its destructive influence. You have a divine Friend who waits to respond when you pray for His help.

— Scott Harrup is managing editor of the Pentecostal Evangel and blogs at Out There (sharrup.agblogger.org).

 

 

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