THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT

PROGRAM AIR DATE: 12-23-18



LESSON TITLE: "WORDLY THINKLY"



WELCOME

TODAY WE ARE BLESSED WITH A WONDERFUL GIFT FROM GOD, THE BIBLE. THIS BOOK IS GOD'S LIVING WORD. IN ITS PAGES, WE ARE TOLD "FOR THE WORD OF GOD IS LIVING AND POWERFUL AND SHARPER THAN ANY TWO-EDGED SWORD." IT IS IN THIS BOOK OF BOOKS THAT WE FIND THE ANSWERS TO ALL OF MAN'S QUESTIONS AND NEEDS. THIS MORNING YOUR AREA CHURCHES OF CHRIST WELCOME YOU TO A PROGRAM COMMITTED TO THAT PERFECT LAW OF LIBERTY AS WE PRESENT THE LIVING WORD. NOW HERE IS YOUR HOST, RAY SULLINS.



HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO YOU AND YOURS AND WELCOME TO THE LIVING WORD PROGRAM ON THIS WONDROUS LORD'S DAY MORNING. I HOPE YOU ARE HAVING A GREAT HOLIDAY AND ENJOYING TIME WITH LOVED ONES, FAMILY, AND FRIENDS. IT IS MY HOPE AND PRAYER THAT YOU ALL HAVE A GREAT AND SAFE WEEK, HOWEVER, I HOPE YOU'RE ALSO READY TO THINK ON THINGS ABOVE THIS DAY, AND TO GIVE FULL ATTENTION TO OUR CREATOR WHO HAS DONE SO MUCH FOR ALL OF US. WHAT A PRIVILEGE IT IS THIS DAY TO GATHER AND WORSHIP OUR GOD TOGETHER. SO LET'S BEGIN OUR OFFERING TO GOD THIS DAY BY SPEAKING WITH HIM IN PRAYER. WON'T YOU BOW WITH ME AT THIS TIME BEFORE THE THRONE OF GOD.

PRAYER: DEAR GOD AND FATHER IN HEAVEN, WE ARE SO THANKFUL FOR THIS DAY AND THE MANY GREAT BLESSINGS OF LIFE. WE ASK THAT YOU WILL ALWAYS HELP US TO LOOK TO YOU AND TO FIND THE STRENGTH THAT WE NEED TO GO ON EVERY DAY KNOWING THAT YOU GIVE US ALL THINGS THAT WE NEED PHYSICALLY AND SPIRITUALLY. AND THANK YOU FOR THE GREAT GIFT OF JESUS, WHICH FATHER, WE KNOW THROUGH HIM WE HAVE OPPORTUNITIES OF ETERNAL LIFE THROUGH YOUR GRACE, LOVE, AND MERCY. AND MAY WE THIS THEY GIVE YOU OUR VERY BEST. IN JESUS NAME WE PRAY, AMEN.

AT THIS TIME WE WANT TO GET STARTED BY SINGING OUR FIRST SONG OF THE MORNING. WON'T YOU ALL JOIN IN WITH THE CONGREGATION AT THIS TIME AS WE LIFT UP OUR VOICES TOGETHER, IN THE HYMN, "HOW SHALL THE YOUNG SECURE THEIR HEARTS."



DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS



PHYSICAL FITNESS SEEMS TO BE ALMOST AN OBSESSION WITH MANY IN OUR DAY AND TIME. YOU CAN LOOK ALMOST ANYWHERE AND FIND HEALTH CLUBS OR GYMS TO WORK OUT IN, IN ORDER TO IMPROVE YOUR PHYSICAL STRENGTH OR YOUR PHYSICAL APPEARANCE.

FOR MANY OF US, OUR FAVORITE CHARACTERS AND HEROES ARE THE STRONGEST, WHO SEEM TO BE ABLE TO ACCOMPLISH ANYTHING BECAUSE OF THEIR STRENGTH. SOME OF US LIKE CERTAIN SPORTS, WHERE AGAIN ATHLETES SPEND A GREAT DEAL OF TIME ON BUILDING THEIR PHYSICAL BODIES TO PREPARE THEMSELVES TO ADEQUATELY EXECUTE THEIR SPORT!

WITH THESE THOUGHTS IN MIND, I AM REMINDED OF A VERSE IN PSALMS THAT MAKES ME THINK OF THE SAME KIND OF STRENGTH IN THE LORD. DAVID SAID, "THOSE WHO TRUST IN THE LORD ARE LIKE MOUNT ZION, WHICH CANNOT BE MOVED, BUT ABIDES FOREVER," PSALMS 125:1. HERE WE SEE THAT THOSE WHO HAVE GOD ARE LIKE A MOUNTAIN, WHICH CANNOT BE MOVED! FURTHERMORE, THEY WILL ABIDE FOREVER.

THIS VERSE HELPS ME TO THINK OF HOW SPIRITUALLY STRONG WE ARE WHEN WE HAVE GOD ON OUR SIDE. IF WE HAVE GOD ON OUR SIDE AND WE EXERCISE OURSELVES SPIRITUALLY, THEN WE KNOW THAT WE CAN ENDURE OR WITHSTAND ANYTHING, JUST AS A STRONG, UNMOVABLE MOUNTAIN. ANOTHER REMARKABLE VERSE ALONG THE SAME LINES IS FOUND IN ONE TIMOTHY 4:8. THERE WE READ THE WORD'S OF PAUL AS HE SAID, "FOR BODILY EXERCISE PROFITS A LITTLE, BUT GODLINESS IS PROFITABLE FOR ALL THINGS, HAVING PROMISE OF THE LIFE THAT NOW IS AND OF THAT WHICH IS TO COME." NOTICE AGAIN THE EMPHASIS HERE ON THE SPIRITUAL RATHER THAN THE PHYSICAL. NOT TO SAY THAT BODILY EXERCISE IS WRONG, BUT IT REALLY PROFITS LITTLE BECAUSE SOME DAY OUR BODIES WILL SIMPLY RETURN TO THE DUST, GENESIS 3:19!

HOWEVER, ALSO LOOK AT THE GREAT BENEFIT WE GAIN FROM SPIRITUAL EXERCISE! THIS VERSE TELLS US THAT IT PROFITS US FOR ALL THINGS. IT MAKE US BETTER IN EVERY WAY TODAY, RIGHT NOW. FURTHERMORE, IT ALSO PREPARES US AND MAKES US READY FOR ALL OF THAT WHICH IS TO COME, EVEN HEAVEN.

SO, AS THOSE WHO LOVE GOD, LET'S ALWAYS TRY TO EXERCISE OURSELVES UNTO GODLINESS. IN SO DOING, WE WILL MAKE OURSELVES BETTER SERVANTS TODAY AND TOMORROW FOR ALL THINGS WHICH GOD HAS IN STORE FOR US.

IT'S GREAT TO HAVE BROTHER BRENT GREEN WITH US THIS MORNING AS OUR GUEST SPEAKER. BROTHER BRENT WORKS FULL TIME WITH THE BIBLE INSTITUTE OF MISSOURI, HERE IN SPRINGFIELD. IN OUR STUDY THIS MORNING, WE WILL AGAIN FOCUS ON, "GOD MADE FOOLISH THE WISDOM OF THE WORLD." OUR SPECIFIC TOPIC TODAY IS ENTITLED, "WORLDLY THINKING!" SO PLEASE CONTINUE WITH US AND IN A FEW MINUTES BROTHER GREEN WILL RETURN WITH THIS STUDY OF THE MORNING. NOW, LET'S JOIN IN OUR SECOND HYMN OF THE MORNING. THE NAME OF THE SONG, "BLESSED REDEEMER!"



LESSON

BY BRENT GREEN



WHAT A GREAT JOY IT IS TO BE ABLE TO OPEN THE WORD OF GOD AND STUDY FROM IT. SO LET'S JUMP RIGHT IN WITH PROVERBS CHAPTER 23 AND VERSE SEVEN. THERE IT READS, "FOR AS HE THINKS IN HIS HEART SO IS HE." YOU KNOW AS WE THINK ABOUT OUR HEARTS WE OFTEN MAYBE DON'T ALWAYS CONSIDER WHAT GOES THROUGH OUR MINDS. AND IS IT THE RIGHT THING THAT IS GOING THROUGH OUR MINDS? DO WE HAVE GODLY THOUGHTS OR DO WE HAVE WORLDLY THOUGHTS? THIS FIRST REMINDS US TO REALLY CONSIDER WHAT IT IS THAT WE ARE THINKING. ARE WE THINKING LIKE THE WORLD? OR ARE WE THINKING LIKE GOD WOULD HAVE US TO THINK? I WANT US TO CONSIDER THE GREAT DANGER OF FALLING INTO THE TRAP OF THINKING LIKE THE WORLD AND HOW FOOLISH THAT IS BEFORE GOD ALMIGHTY. WORLDLY THINKING REMOVES GOD ENTIRELY FROM THE MIND. LET US CONSIDER ANOTHER PASSAGE IN THE NEW TESTAMENT, THE BOOK OF ROMANS CHAPTER ONE, IT REALLY HAS SOMETHING TO SAY ABOUT THOSE WHO WOULD REMOVE GOD FROM THEIR MINDS AND FROM THEIR THOUGHTS. ROMANS CHAPTER ONE VERSE 20 SAYS, "FOR SINCE THE CREATION OF THE WORLD HIS INVISIBLE ATTITUDES ARE CLEARLY SEEN, BEING UNDERSTOOD BY THE THINGS THAT ARE MADE, EVEN HIS ETERNAL POWER AND GODHEAD, SO THAT THEY ARE WITHOUT EXCUSE." YOU KNOW, WHEN WE LOOK AROUND THE WORLD THERE SHOULD BE NO EXCUSE IN THINKING ABOUT GOD. WE SHOULD BE ABLE TO SEE HIS CREATION FROM THE TREES AND GRASS AND FLOWERS TO THE BEAUTIFUL SUNSETS AND ALL THAT SURROUNDS US AND KNOW THAT ALL THAT CREATION WAS MADE BY A CREATOR, GOD. GOD SHOULD BE IN OUR THOUGHTS. THERE SHOULD BE NO EXCUSE FOR HIM NOT BEING THERE. BUT YET WHAT HAPPENS TO SOME? THEY STOP THINKING ABOUT GOD. CONTINUE THERE IN VERSE 21 THIS IS WHAT WE FIND. IT SAYS OF THESE, "BECAUSE, ALTHOUGH THEY KNEW GOD, THEY DID NOT GLORIFY HIM AS GOD, NOR WERE THANKFUL, BUT BECAME FUTILE IN THEIR THOUGHTS, AND THEIR FOOLISH HEARTS WERE DARKENED." DO YOU SEE A FURTHER DIGRESSION? THESE WHO SHOULD HAVE BEEN WITHOUT EXCUSE BY SEEING THE WORLD AROUND THEM AND KNOWING GOD. THERE THEY BEGAN TO NO LONGER PROFESS GOD OR THANK GOD OR PRAISE GOD. WHAT HAPPENS? THEIR FOOLISH HEARTS WERE DARKENED.

AS YOU CONTINUE DOWN EVEN FURTHER THERE IN THAT PASSAGE, DOWN IN VERSE 28, THIS IS WHAT WE FIND. IT SAYS, "AND EVEN AS THEY DID NOT LIKE TO RETAIN GOD IN THEIR KNOWLEDGE, GOD GAVE THEM OVER TO A DEBASED MIND, TO DO THOSE THINGS WHICH ARE NOT FITTING." THEY FINALLY GOT TO THE POINT THAT THEY DIDN'T EVEN KEEP GOD IN THEIR MINDS. THEY DIDN'T LIKE TO RETAIN GOD IN THEIR KNOWLEDGE. THEY DIDN'T WANT TO HAVE TO THINK ABOUT HIM IN ANY WAY WHATSOEVER. THAT'S WORLDLY THINKING. THE THINKING THAT REMOVES GOD ULTIMATELY FROM THE MIND ALTOGETHER. DO WE HAVE EXAMPLES OF THAT THINKING EVEN IN OUR WORLD TODAY? WELL SURE WE DO. HOW MANY TIMES HAVE YOU HEARD SOMETHING TO THE EXTENT THAT SOMEBODY WANTS TO REMOVE SOME SORT OF RELIGIOUS ELEMENT FROM WHATEVER PLACE IT MAY BE? OR MAYBE SOMEBODY WANTS TO REMOVE THE NAME OF GOD FROM SOME SORT OF PLACARD OR SOME SORT OF STATUE? YOU SEE, PEOPLE OFTEN DON'T WANT TO THINK ABOUT GOD ANY LONGER. THEY DON'T WANT TO KEEP HIM IN THEIR THOUGHTS. THEY DON'T EVEN WANT TO CONSIDER HIS NAME BECAUSE THEN THEY WOULD HAVE TO THINK ABOUT WHAT HE HAS TOLD THEM TO DO. YOU SEE, MANY PEOPLE AS THEY THINK LIKE THE WORLD THINKS REMOVE GOD ENTIRELY FROM THEIR THOUGHTS. AND AS THEY DO THAT, THEY ENTER INTO A PATHWAY THAT GOD CALLS FOOLISH AND A PATHWAY OF DESTRUCTION. THERE AS YOU EVEN SEE IN THE SAME CHAPTER, CHAPTER ONE OF ROMANS IN VERSE 22. HERE IT SAYS OF THESE THAT THEY PROFESS TO BE WISE BUT THEY BECAME FOOLS. I WONDER HOW MANY PEOPLE EVEN TODAY STILL THINK THAT THEY ARE WISE? I DON'T NEED GOD. I CAN BELIEVE IN SOMETHING ELSE AND I CAN TAKE HIM OUT OF MY MIND AND I'M STILL WISE. GOD SAYS THAT FOOLISHNESSNESS TO REMOVE ME FROM YOUR MINDS. WE NEED TO HAVE GOD ON OUR MINDS.

PROVERBS THERE ALSO WOULD SAY MANY THINGS ABOUT WISDOM WHERE BEGINS, PROVERBS CHAPTER ONE VERSE SEVEN, SAYS THAT WE NEED TO HAVE THE WISDOM ENOUGH TO BELIEVE IN GOD AND OBEY WHAT IS GIVEN TO US. SEE FOOLS DESPISE INSTRUCTION. BUT THOSE WHO ARE WISE FOLLOW WHAT GOD'S WORD SAYS. SO THOSE WHO ARE WISE KEEP GOD IN THEIR MINDS, PSALM 14 VERSE ONE. "THE FOOL HAS SAID HIS HEART, 'THERE IS NO GOD.'" EVEN ANOTHER PSALM THERE IN PSALM 42 AND VERSE ONE THAT, "AS THE DEER PANTS FOR THE WATER BROOKS, SO PANTS MY SOUL FOR YOU." YOU KNOW WHAT THE DEER HAS IN HIS MIND? WHAT IS GOING THROUGH THE THOUGHTS OF THAT ANIMAL? I NEED WATER. WHERE CAN I FIND WATER? AND THAT THOUGHT IS ALWAYS THERE BECAUSE IT WOULD THIRST ON A REGULAR BASIS AND THEREFORE WOULD HAVE THAT THOUGHT OF NEEDING TO FIND THAT WATER. THE PSALMIST SAYS AS THE DEER THINKS ABOUT THAT WATER, SO MY SOUL, MY LIFE, MY HEART, MY MIND LONGS FOR YOU OH GOD. GOD SHOULD BE IN OUR MINDS ON A DAILY BASIS AND WE SHOULD THINK ABOUT HIM. AND AS WE VIEW THE WORLD AROUND US WE SHOULD NOT REMOVE HIM FROM OUR MINDS. WE SHOULD THINK ABOUT HIM OR MORESO EVERY SINGLE DAY.

THE PROBLEM IS MANY PEOPLE THINK LIKE THE WORLD. THEY REMOVE GOD FROM THEIR MINDS. THE PROBLEM WITH WORLDLY THINKING IS THAT WORLDLY THINKING FOCUSES ON SELF. WE'LL CONSIDER THE GREATER PROBLEM HERE AGAIN FROM ROMANS CHAPTER ONE. WE WILL START IN ROMANS CHAPTER ONE VERSE 24 AND FOLLOWING GIVES US A WHOLE LIST OF DIFFERENT PROBLEMS. REALLY A WHOLE LIST OF DIFFERENT SINS THAT HAD RESULTED FROM THE FACT, THAT AGAIN, THESE PEOPLE HERE AS THEY WERE DESCRIBED THOUGHT THEY WERE WISE BUT THEY BECAME FOOLS. WHY? BECAUSE THEY REMOVED GOD FROM THEIR THINKING. WHY? BECAUSE THEY WERE THINKING LIKE THE WORLD. AND WHEN THEY THOUGHT LIKE THE WORLD HERE WAS THE RESULTS. THEY WERE FOCUSING ON THEMSELVES AND WHAT THEY COULD DO TO BRING PLEASURE FOR THEMSELVES. WHAT THEY COULD DO TO MAYBE MAKE THEIR LIVES BETTER SOMEWHAT DISREGARDING THE LIVES OF THOSE AROUND THEM. READ WITH ME SOME OF THE THINGS THAT THESE DID AS THEY THOUGHT LIKE THE WORLD AND FOCUSED ON THEMSELVES. ROMANS ONE VERSE 24 SAYS, "GOD ALSO GAVE THEM UP TO UNCLEANNESS, IN THE LUSTS OF THEIR HEARTS." WELL, WHAT WERE THEY THINKING ABOUT? SELF. AND THEY WERE THINKING ABOUT WHAT THEY COULD FULFILL IN THEIR LUSTS. THEY WEREN'T THINKING ABOUT GOD. VERSE 25 SAYS, "WHO EXCHANGED THE TRUTH OF GOD FOR THE LIE, WHO WORSHIPED AND SERVED THE CREATURE RATHER THAN THE CREATOR." WHO WERE THEY SERVING? SELF. THEY WERE SERVING THE CREATURE. THEY WEREN'T SERVING GOD BECAUSE THEY WERE THINKING LIKE THE WORLD. VERSE 26 SAYS, "FOR THIS REASON GOD GAVE THEM UP TO VILE PASSIONS." THERE IN VERSE 27, "LIKEWISE ALSO MEN, LEAVING THE NATURAL USE OF THE WOMAN, BURNED IN THEIR LUST FOR ONE ANOTHER." WHAT WERE THESE MEN AND WOMEN THINKING ABOUT? NOT GOD'S DESIRE FOR A MAN OR WOMAN TO BE MARRIED BUT MEN AND WOMEN WERE THINKING 'WHAT CAN I DO TO FULFILL MY BODILY LUST TO FULFILL MY PASSIONS?' THEY WERE THINKING ABOUT SELF NOT ABOUT GOD. THERE IN VERSE 28 AGAIN "THEY DID NOT LIKE TO RETAIN GOD IN THEIR KNOWLEDGE." AND THEN IN VERSE 29 IT SAYS, "BEING FILLED WITH ALL UNRIGHTEOUSNESS, SEXUAL IMMORALITY, WICKEDNESS, COVETOUSNESS, MALICIOUSNESS; FULL OF ENVY, MURDER, STRIFE, DECEIT, EVIL MINDEDNESS." AND THAT LIST GOES ALL THE WAY TO VERSE 31. IF YOU REALLY THINK ABOUT ANY ONE OF THOSE SINS LISTED THERE, ISN'T THERE AN ELEMENT OF SELFISHNESS IN EVERY SINGLE ONE? WELL, SOMEBODY HAS WHAT I WOULD LIKE, SO I WILL TAKE IT FROM THEM. SO I WILL MURDER THEM SO THAT I MIGHT TAKE THAT AND HAVE IT FOR MYSELF. IS THAT PERSON THINKING ABOUT GOD? THAT PERSON IS THINKING LIKE THE WORLD BECAUSE WORLDLY THINKING IS A FOCUS ON SELF. SELFISHNESS IS AN ELEMENT IN ALL OF THESE SINS BECAUSE ONE IS NOT CONSIDERING GOD AND HIS WILL AND THINKING ABOUT GOD AND WHAT HE DESIRES. NO, WHEN ONE THINKS LIKE THE WORLD, ONE THINKS CONCERNING WHAT CAN I DO FOR SELF. AND THAT'S THE PROBLEM. AND THAT'S STILL A PROBLEM IN OUR WORLD TODAY.

WE BEGAN THERE WITHE PROVERBS 23 AND VERSE SEVEN, "FOR AS A MAN THINKS, SO HE IS." IF WE THINK ABOUT SELF, WE THINK ABOUT FULFILLING THESE LUST, THESE DESIRES, THESE PASSIONS THAT GOD HAS SAID SHOULD NOT BE FULFILLED IN THESE WAYS HERE. ARE WE REALLY THOSE WHO ARE SHOWING OURSELVES TO BE THE ONES TO ENGAGE IN THINGS THAT GOD HAS FORBIDDEN? THAT WE ARE THOSE WHO ARE THINKING ABOUT SELF AND AS WE THINK AND AS WE ACT ACCORDINGLY WE ARE NOT EXALTING THE NAME OF GOD. WE ARE NOT LIFTING HIM UP. WE ARE RATHER THINKING LIKE THE WORLD AND AS A RESULT ACTING LIKE THE WORLD. JESUS CONNECTED THESE THOUGHTS AND ACTIONS ALSO IN MATTHEW, MATTHEW CHAPTER 15 AND VERSE 19. INDEED GOD ALMIGHTY KNOWS WHAT WE THINK AND JESUS, AS HE WAS HERE IN THIS EARTH EXPRESSED SUCH AS WELL AS GOD. JESUS SAID IN MATTHEW 15:19, "'FOR OUT OF THE HEART PROCEED EVIL THOUGHTS, MURDERS, ADULTERIES, FORNICATIONS, THEFTS, FALSE WITNESS, BLASPHEMIES.'" OUT OF WHAT? OUT OF THE HEART. THAT'S THE MIND OF MAN. BEFORE WE ASK, WHAT DO WE DO? WE THINK. AT LEAST WE SHOULD THINK. SOMETIMES MAYBE OUR ACTIONS ARE THOSE THAT ARE THE RESULT OF NOT MUCH THOUGHT WHATSOEVER. BUT JESUS SAYS THESE THINGS COME FROM WHERE? THEY COME FROM THE HEART. FROM THE MIND OF MAN. AGAIN, IT IS A FOCUS ON SELF AND NOT ON GOD. WE CANNOT THINK LIKE THE WORLD BECAUSE IF WE DO THINK LIKE THE WORLD WE WILL THEN ACT LIKE THE WORLD AND THEN WHAT WILL COME ABOUT? WELL, THE WORDS OF WISDOM IN PROVERBS 14 AND VERSE 12, THOSE WHO FOLLOW THE WAY OF MAN INSTEAD OF THE WAY OF GOD, THE END RESULT IS DEATH. YOU SEE, IT IS A SCARY THOUGHT TO THINK ABOUT THINKING LIKE THE WORLD. AS PEOPLE REMOVE GOD FROM THEIR MINDS, AS PEOPLE FOCUS ON SELF AND GO DOWN THIS PATH WAY, IT IS NOTHING MORE THAN A PATHWAY OF DESTRUCTION. WORLDLY THINKING FOCUSES ON SELF. WE NEED TO NOT FOCUS ON SELF BUT UPON GOD AND UPON HIS CHURCH AND WHAT WE CAN DO FOR OTHERS. WHY NOT ASK SOME DIFFERENT QUESTIONS. WHY NOT ASK 'WELL, WHAT CAN I DO FOR THOSE AROUND ME?' ISN'T THAT BENEVOLENCE? OR WHAT CAN I DO TO HELP STRENGTHEN MY FELLOW BRETHEREN? THERE'S EDIFICATION. WHAT CAN I DO TO TAKE GOD'S WORD, THAT SAVING MESSAGE, TO A WORLD OF PEOPLE THAT ARE LOST? THAT'S EVANGELISM. YOU SEE, WHEN WE'RE THINKING THOSE THOUGHTS AND WE'RE ASKING THOSE QUESTIONS, WE'RE NOT THINKING ABOUT SELF ANY LONGER. WE ARE THINKING ABOUT GOD AND WHAT WE CAN DO FOR HIS CHURCH AND WHAT WE CAN DO FOR THE WORLD WHO IS STILL LOST. THERE IS A DANGER IN WORLDLY THINKING THAT WE NEED TO AVOID. DON'T FOCUS ON SELF, FOCUS ON GOD. THINK ABOUT GOD.

AS WE CONSIDER WORLDLY THINKING, I WANT YOU TO CONSIDER ONE MORE THING ABOUT THAT. AND THAT WORLDLY THINKING IS THINKING ABOUT THE WORLD. I KNOW THAT'S NOT A MIND BLOWING REVELATION THERE BUT I WANT YOU TO CONSIDER THAT JUST FOR A MOMENT. THAT WORLDLY THINKING IS THINKING ABOUT THE WORLD. WE THINK ABOUT THINGS IN THE WORLD ALL THE TIME. MAYBE IT'S THE NEXT ITEM WE'RE GOING TO BUY, THE NEXT GUN OR CAR OR A HOUSE OR MAYBE IT'S THE NEXT PRESENT WE WILL BUY FOR SOMEBODY. OR MAYBE IT'S JUST THE DAILY THINGS. WHAT AM I GOING TO WEAR? WHAT AM I GOING TO EAT? WHEN AM I GOING TO MOW THE GRASS OR RAKE THE LEAVES OR SHOVEL SNOW? DEPENDING ON WHATEVER SEASON IT IS. OR MAYBE WE ARE THINKING WHEN AM I GOING TO BUILD THAT DREAM HOUSE AND WHERE IS IT GOING TO BE AND WHAT IS IT GOING TO LOOK LIKE? AT? ALL THOSE THINGS OF THIS WORLD. IT IS NOT NECESSARILY WRONG TO THINK ABOUT THINGS OF THE WORLD BUT THE PROBLEM COMES IN WHEN THAT'S ALL WE THINK ABOUT OR WHEN OUR MINDS FIRST GO TO THOSE THINGS. WHEN WE CAN'T LOOK BEYOND AND THINK BEYOND THE THINGS OF THIS LIFE AND OUR FOCUS IS HERE AND WE CAN'T THINK ABOUT THE NEXT THEN WE'VE GOT A PROBLEM WHEN ALL WE DO IS THINK ABOUT THE THINGS OF THIS WORLD. ISN'T THAT THE PROBLEM JESUS IDENTIFIED IN HIS PARABLE THAT HE GAVE THERE IN LUKE CHAPTER 12 ABOUT A RICH MAN? THERE IN LUKE CHAPTER 12 AND VERSE 16 THIS IS WHAT WE FIND. IT SAYS, "HE SPOKE A PARABLE TO THEM SAYING, 'THE GROUND OF A CERTAIN RICH MAN YIELDED PLENTIFULLY. AND HE THOUGHT WITHIN HIMSELF.'" THE THOUGHT 'OH, I CAN'T WAIT TO GET TO THAT HEAVENLY HOME. I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE THAT PEARLY GATE AND THAT STREET OF GOLD AND LIVE IN A MANSION THAT JESUS HAD PREPARED FOR ME AND BE AMONG THOSE THAT WENT ON BEFORE. TO BE REUNITED WITH MY FAMILY MEMBERS WHO DIED IN THE FAITH.' IS THAT WHAT HE THOUGHT? NO IT IS NOT. READ WITH ME THERE WHAT THIS MAN THOUGHT. IT SAYS, "'HE THOUGHT WITHIN HIMSELF SAYING, "WHAT SHALL I DO, SINCE I HAVE NO ROOM TO STORE MY CROPS?" SO HE SAID, "I WILL DO THIS: I WILL PULL DOWN MY BARNS AND BUILD GREATER, AND THERE I WILL STORE ALL MY CROPS AND MY GOODS. AND I WILL SAY TO MY SOUL, 'SOUL, YOU HAVE MANY GOODS LAID UP FOR MANY YEARS, TAKE YOUR EASE; EAT, DRINK, AND BE MERRY.'"'" WHAT WAS THIS MAN THINKING ABOUT? HE WAS THINKING ABOUT HIS RICHES IDENTIFIED IN HIS CROPS. HE WAS THINKING ABOUT BUILDINGS. I'VE GOT TO BUILD A BIGGER BARN. HE WAS THINKING ABOUT RETIREMENT. I HAVE ALL THIS STUFF SO I WILL SIT BACK AND TAKE MY EASE. WHAT WAS HE THINKING ABOUT? HE WAS THINKING ABOUT THE THINGS OF THIS WORLD. WERE HIS THOUGHTS ON THE LIFE TO COME? THEY WEREN'T. AND JESUS SAID, WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN WHEN YOU DIE? THESE THINGS WILL GO TO SOMEBODY ELSE AND WHEN YOU DIE, YOU'RE NOT GOING TO BE ABLE TO TAKE THAT STUFF WITH YOU. I WONDER HOW MANY PEOPLE THINK ABOUT SIMPLY THE THINGS OF THIS WORLD AND THE THINGS OF THIS WORLD ONLY? COLOSSIANS CHAPTER THREE AND VERSE TWO, "SET YOUR MIND ON THINGS ABOVE, NOT ON THINGS ON THE EARTH." THAT'S THE PROBLEM SO MANY TIMES. WHEN PEOPLE LOSE FOCUS AND THEIR THOUGHTS ARE NOT ABOUT THE LIFE TO COME BUT ONLY ABOUT THIS LIFE.

HOW IS YOUR THINKING? DO YOU THINK GODLY OR DO YOU THINK WORLDLY? ASK YOURSELF THAT QUESTION AND MAKE SURE YOUR THOUGHTS ARE ON GOD AND NOT JUST THE WORLD.



CLOSING COMMENTS



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