One of my favorite places to be is sitting on the porch with a cup of coffee. I would rather retreat there than to clean the house or tackle the laundry that is always calling my name. That’s where I was this morning, along with Dr. Stanley’s In Touch Devotional Magazine. As Christians, we need to devote a portion of our day toward reading God’s word, praying and meditating on how He is speaking to us through the passages we read. I know this, yet time and time again I let other things fill my mind and day; gardening, yard work, pool, kids’ summer work packet, etc. I think about my boys and all the things satan uses to corrupt their young minds. We have to be so careful of what they watch on T.V., music they listen to, the various forms of technology – iPod’s, internet, etc. I still remind the boys of the song they were taught in Sunday School, “Oh Be Careful Little Eyes What You See…” and try my best to explain what that song means for us as Christians. As adults, the war against our minds is still there.
Honestly, today was the first day I picked up my devotional magazine. I totally missed the month of June! So, I’m starting again with the month of July. I’m only 1 day behind! One of the articles, “Taking Thoughts Captive” spoke to me this morning. Our minds are a gift from God. Just as we teach our children to “be careful…what you see/hear/do/go…”, as adults, we too must be careful. I needed the reminder today of Philippians 4:8 ~ Whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.”
The wise king Jehoshaphat went into battle, led only by praise singers. 2 Chronicles 20:20-24 states, “So they rose early in the morning and went out into the Wilderness of Tekoa: and as they went out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, Hear me, O Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem: Believe in the Lord your God, and you shall be established; believe His prophets, and you shall prosper. And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed those who should sing to the Lord, and who should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army and were saying: Praise the Lord, For His mercy endures forever. Now when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushes against the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; and they were defeated. For the people of Ammon and Moab stood up against the inhabitants of Mount Seir to utterly kill and destroy them. And when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, they helped to destroy one another. So when Judah came to a place overlooking the wilderness, they looked toward the multitude; and there were their dead bodies, fallen on the earth. No one had escaped.” The reflect and explore question from the In Touch Magazine says, “Why does praising God dilute and defeat tricks against the mind?” From my experience, when I’m down or have had a bad day, turning on Christian music lifts me up, takes my focus off my problems and back onto the Lord. Please feel free to add your comment. I would love to read your responses to this question.