Two weeks ago, we downloaded an upgrade to our software system in our office. It was supposed to make utilizing the program much easier. Unfortunately, what they did not tell us was that we were also getting some bugs which were not cleared from the system before it was rolled out to consumers. Our wonderful IT tech has been working to eliminate the problems and the company promises future patches to fix the problems as well. Few updates are perfect. Most of us know that from our own home computers where every other week an update is sent out to fix a previous update. On top of all the fixes, we also have to be careful to not download a virus, a trojan, or some other potentially harmful program that will lock up our computer. It all sounds so complicated doesn't it? However, it is not nearly as complex as the human mind nor is it as easily corrupted as our hearts become if we download the wrong things.
When we became believers, God did major surgery on our hearts. The scripture tells us: "Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old things have passed away; behold, new things have come" (2 Corinthians 5:17). We are new people no longer bound by our sinful ways. However, we are not yet perfected and we still have this proclivity to sin. The difference is that once we are in Christ we have a choice to sin or to remain faithful. This is why it is so important that we be careful what we take into our minds and eventually our hearts. The Bible instructs us in Romans 12:2: Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then, you will be able to test and approve what God's will is - His good, pleasing and perfect will." The only way to renew our minds is to fill it with God's Word and to study in fellowship with other Christians. Please do not misinterpret what I am saying here. We can read other books, but we should evaluate it in light of the Bible. Will it cause us to stumble or be drawn away from Christ?
Having had computers for a number of years now, I know how difficult it is to get rid of a virus or trojan once it gets into the system. In the same manner, it is difficult to get images out of our head from seeing something or hearing something we should not have. The best plan is to avoid those things which cause us to stumble in sin. Just as we try to protect our computers with a virus program, so we also need to protect our minds as the Apostle Paul describes in Philippians 4:8: "Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things." If we follow his advice, we will do well in our daily walk. The choice is ours and it has never been more important to our witness. Selah!
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