The Battle for Our Minds

Media is a powerful tool that can invoke emotions, messages, and even send corrupt communications of influence to affect our thoughts and gain direct access to our minds.

“Those who would not fall a prey to Satan’s devices, must guard well the avenues of the soul; they must avoid reading, seeing, or hearing that which will suggest impure thoughts.  The mind must not be left to dwell at random upon every subject that the enemy of souls may suggest.  The heart must be faithfully sentineled, or evils without will awaken evils within, and the soul will wander in darkness.” Acts of the Apostles, p. 518

Psychologists also have studied the effects that outside influences can have on our cognition (or rather our thinking) and behavior.  Albert Bandura, a renown psychologist, produced the Social Cognitive theory. He directed his initial research to the role of social modeling in human motivation, thought, and action. The initial phase of Bandura’s research analyzed the foundations of human learning and the propensity of children and adults to imitate behavior observed in others, in particular, aggression. He found that models are an important source for learning new behaviors and for achieving behavioral change.

Question:  Are the children of this world truly wiser than the children of light?

Please take the time to think about this concept.  A person decides to buy a game or a video where the lead character or characters commit an immoral behavior.  They watch the video and that particular behavior (or sin) shown in the media outlet has now been imprinted as motivation, or thought in our minds and could be conveyed as an action later on.  Can we now see why there are so many activist calling for stricter bans on violent video games and movies promoted to children and youth?  Also think about how violence, sexual immorality and other indecent acts have risen almost proportionally or rather exponentially to what is seen nowadays on TV.

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 “Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.” – 1 Corinthians 15:33

Jesus truly did understand this principle as he was the master Teacher.  That is why in the book of 1 Peter 2:21-23, the apostle tells us that “For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:  Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:” Christ understood are nature more than anyone which is why He exhorts us to learn of Him rather than of this world.  Some may argue that although they may watch violence it doesn’t make them violent.  This may be true, but what it does it desensitizes us to sin so that we no longer abhor it or detest it like we have been commanded to.  This may also lend to the fact why most churches cannot agree on whether victory over sin is achievable. Ask yourself this, can victory over sin ever be achieved if we enjoy watching it, listening to it, or even reading it?

In Deuteronomy 7:26 we are told not to “bring an abomination into thine house, lest thou be a cursed thing like it: but thou shalt utterly detest it, and thou shalt utterly abhor it; for it is a cursed thing.”

So ask yourself, “Are the things that I am watching, listening too, reading or enjoying, things that God considers to be detestable?”   Does it have cursing, because the bible let no corrupt communication come out of your mouth, Does it have murder, sexual immorality, witchcraft? Does it glorify or normalize the things that the bible condemns?Really think about it and ask, Am I enjoying seeing other people sin?  In Romans 1:32, Paul states that we are just as guilty as the person committing the act if we find pleasure in them doing the act.  This is why David could make the powerful statement “I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes” Psalm 101:3

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We are in the last days, and we have to remember that Satan is doing everything in his power to divert the minds of God’s children from Him, and also to be found living contrary to His character. This is why we are told in Colossians 3:1,2 to “seek those things that are above…{to} Set [our] minds on things [in heaven], not on things on the earth.”  Lest satan should get an advantage over us: for we are not ignorant of his devices. 2 Cor. 2:11

What tools do you think Satan will use in order to deceive us?  We are told that he deceived a third of the holy angels who dwelt in the presence of God.  That he deceived our first parents who talked to God face to face.  What do you think he can do to us? On our own we are no might for him, which is why we must deny ourselves and also our passions, AFFLICT our souls and commit our lives to Christ.

“The righteousness of Christ will not cover one cherished sin. A man may be a law-breaker in heart; yet if he commits no outward act of transgression, he may be regarded by the world as possessing great integrity. But God’s law looks into the secrets of the heart. Every act is judged by the motives that prompt it. Only that which is in accord with the principles of God’s law will stand in the judgment.”- {COL 316.2}

Remember, what the beloved apostle John said. “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world.  If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.  For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, is not of the Father, but is of the world.” 1 John 2:15, 16

Are you ready for that day of Judgment?  Are you ready to stand at the seat of Christ?  When our names come up will our record bear the love for sin, or will it bear the pure love and character of Jesus Christ?

God Bless,

Family Blueprint

Do I even need Christ? Whats the point?

Of course my answer to that title question is a resounding YES!!!!

Have you ever had a time in life when you felt really low?  Nothing was going right in your world.  It seemed like all your friends had somehow vanished into thin air.  Everyone was on your case.  Your health seemed to be poor or declining.  People may have been picking on you at school or work.  It seemed like even your family wasn’t on your same page.  Your financial situation was looking real bleak.  Your living situation was chaotic.  You think you may have done so much wickedness that no one will want or love you, and so on…

I know I am not the only one who has ever felt that way to one or more of the above.  According to a 2012 compiled survey/study of visiting 17 countries the World Health Organization stated that at least 1 in 20 persons had, at minimum, one episode of depression in the previous year.  The 2015 statistic from the  American Foundation for Suicide Prevention stated an American dies every 12.95 minutes from suicide.  According to a 2012 statistic from the World Health Organization over 800,000 persons commit suicide globally each year.  That’s on average 1 person every 40 seconds WORLD WIDE.  After looking at those statistics I know for a fact I am not the only person who has ever felt down in the dumps at some point in time.

Well, why do people ever feel this way?  Why are there so many people in this world who feel like this, and result to such serious measures?  What in the world is going on?  What is the answer to this dying and depressed world?

The answer is JESUS.  I know the skeptic and critic will say “that is the craziest or dumbest thing they have ever heard”.  They also may ask “How can Jesus solve anyone’s problems?”  However, my question to them would be “have you ever, sincerely, wholeheartedly tried Jesus as the answer?”  I have, and that’s why I can honestly say it was the best prescription for the problem.

At one point in my life, I had hit a moment in which I thought “if I just ran away would anyone even notice?”  The thing is, its obvious that 1.  that thought wasn’t from God and 2.  neither was it from my own mind.  You see “your adversary the devil, [is] as a roaring lion, [who] walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:”  – 1 Peter 5:8…  He, the devil, literally has nothing better to do than to make our lives miserable and attempt to break us by planting seeds of discouragement and doubt in our minds.  He wants us to be so broken that we turn away from the source of all joy and strength which is God [Habakkuk 3:18].  “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I [Jesus] am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” – John 10:10  While the devil is on a rampage with everyone’s life to tear us apart, God had sent His son Jesus to offer us something that no one in this world could ever give, His life.

You see, “God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”  – Romans 5:8.  While we were down in the dumps God through His infinite love sent His son to die for us.  God sent His son so that when we felt friendless we could have a “friend that sticketh closer than a brother.”-Proverbs 18:24.  God sent His son so that He could be “our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” – Psalm 46:1.  God sent Jesus to this world to bridge the gap between heaven and humanity, and because Jesus loved us so much He was willing to sacrifice all.  Jesus sacrificed all, just in hope that we would love Him in return. He came and gave His life for us, paying our penalty of death, just in hope that we would be willing to accept His free pardon.

What does God ask for us in return, after all that He gave and sacrificed for us?  “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.  And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.” – Mark 12:30-31.  All He asks from us, is to love Him with ever fiber of our being.  Then to love our neighbors as we want to be loved, and in doing so, we will want and desire everyone to know and hear about Christ’s matchless love.  We will be such contagious Christians, that we can’t help but to desire everyone around us to experience what He has done for us in our lives.  Not only by telling/preaching to those in our sphere, but by our lives we can show what He can do for them in theirs.

God Bless,

The Family Blueprint