The Building of the Biblical Mind
December 11, 2011
Introduction: In this passage, the Apostle Paul's Spirit-directed arrow strikes at the bull's eye of much of the low living in Christendom. What a reminder that attention must be given to consecrated thoughts. Impure thinking produces inconsistent living. Whoever lacks virtue in their thinking cannot help but to act indecently. Holy living follows sanctified thinking.
"Keep your heart with all diligence,
For out of it spring the issues of life."
God's people must not only act as Christians, but even more, think as Christians.
Proverbs 23:7a, "For as he thinks in his heart, so is he."
Only Christ can give such victory to a believer. Therefore, we should pray:
"Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
Be acceptable in Your sight,
O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer."
"Search me, O God, and know my heart;
Try me, and know my anxieties;
And see if there is any wicked way in me,
And lead me in the way everlasting."
I. THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE BIBLICAL MIND.
A. BUILT ON TRUTH.
B. BUILT ON HONOR ("NOBLE")
C. BUILT ON DIVINE STANDARD. ("JUST")
D. BUILT ON PURITY.
E. BUILT ON THAT WHICH IS PLEASING TO GOD. ("LOVELY")
Only place the word is used in the New Testament. Translates sweet, gracious, generous, or patient. It was often used to describe the fine arts or music; orderly. The opposite of confusion and disorder. Means beautiful and attractive. It speaks of that which calls for love. It is that quality that causes love to respond to it.
We are to think about the things that reach down within our hearts and cause us to respond in love. Can translate winsome. Love should always be the undergirding force of all our relationships in Christ. A Christian without love is like a ship without a rudder.
When "lovely" becomes desc ...
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