“And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou? And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself. And he [Jesus] said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live.”
God’s Word COMMANDS the believer to love the LORD with all of thy soul, strength and with all of thy MIND.
This is one HUGE reason that the men who walk the earth should keep a tight control of their minds: IF one does not have control of one’s thoughts, one cannot worship God as commanded in His Word.
A second reason for keeping a TIGHT control of one’s mind might be that Satan is EVER trying to gain control of men’s minds on the way to deceiving those men and finally, leading them down the broad way to destruction.
AND, one final reason readers should be mindful of the control they exercise over their minds:
One cannot efficiently examine and study deception IF one’s thoughts are confused. It would, therefore, be wise for the reader to keep a tight rein on his thoughts during the end times, when man is warned of the great deceptions which abound.
“If you believe that your thoughts originate inside your brain, do you also believe that television shows are made inside your television set?”
Being alone with one’s thoughts is perhaps the ONLY place one can truly be themselves and relax.
BUT, before one kicks off one’s shoes and relaxes with one’s thoughts, one should be CERTAIN that those thoughts are TIGHTLY under one’s control.
Perhaps this is why so many find excuses for avoiding time alone with their thoughts?
Perhaps this is why so many use ANY reason to avoid relaxing with their thoughts?
Perhaps this is why so many avoid thinking hard thoughts on perplexing or vexing topics?
As God’s Word so succinctly puts it
“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ”
Again, one cannot worship God as He should be worshiped rightly UNLESS one has command of one’s thoughts–and one cannot have control of one’s thoughts UNLESS one is taking stray thoughts captive.
“But when the Pharisees had heard that he [Jesus} had put the Sadducees to silence, they were gathered together. Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying, Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”
“Ye shall therefore keep my statutes, and my judgments: which if a man do, he shall live in them: I am the LORD.”
AND, it should be pointed out, one MAY believe they have their thoughts under their thumb–only to be deceived about this important matter.
This is a good reason for the reader to get into the habit of determining where his thoughts originated.
Did they originate with the reader?
Or, did they originate somewhere else?
DOES the reader believe he has his thoughts under his control?
It is not YET too late: there is still a little time to change direction (repent), place your faith (hope) for the future entirely on Jesus Christ and enter the kingdom of heaven.
DOES the reader believe he is saved?
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DOES the reader believe he is NOT saved?
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THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST
“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
–1 Corinthians 15:1-8
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
A Reminder: The Gospel is Simple
MORE: Eternal Salvation Through Jesus Christ: Salvation Messages from End Times Prophecy Report
[Portions of this piece appeared originally in End Times Prophecy Headlines: November 5-7, 2021.]
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by Jeremiah Jameson
–with Mondo Frazier
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