Acts 4:20 For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.
Someone once said this regarding our minds: “Good things in, good things out; bad things in, bad things out.” All of us are being influenced in some way or another by our surroundings. Our subconscious picks up things that sometimes we are even unaware of. For instance, we go into a store and quietly in the background there is soft almost unnoticeable Christmas music playing. Without even thinking about it, we start humming the tune or even sing it later on in our car when we are away from the music. That is the power of what Acts 4:20 is speaking about. We can’t help but bring out what goes in our mind. As God’s children, we must guard what we are allowing to influence us.
Philippians 4:8 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.
Let’s guard what goes into our hearts so that what is coming out honors God. As a Christian you must, on purpose, do what we can to allow good things into our hearts. Here are a couple ways:
There is nothing more edifying than having the Spirit of God speak to you through His word. The Word of God is sharper than any two-edged sword. It will help instruct our lives and weed out the areas that will affect our growth spiritually. The Word of God will be hidden in our hearts so that we might not sin against Him.
Make sure those you are with sharpen you spiritually. Someone said: “You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read.” Who do you spend time with? You will be that same person, for good or bad, in the near future.
When I say media, I’m not only talking about news, I talking about all forms of media. This would include films, books, news, social site, etc. Look at your screen time on your phone or device. How many hours are you consuming on specific areas? Do you think they are helping you grow? Do you believe they are honoring the Lord? After you evaluate this, maybe you need to make some changes.
Let’s do our best to “consume” the right things so that we honor the Lord with what comes out of our lives.
How can we follow through and see God do a great work in and through our lives?
As it made sense for the One who was the Word of God to follow the Word of God, so too does it make sense for His followers to do the same.