What Should I Listen To, Read Or Watch?
Are you familiar with the expression, “Different strokes for different folks”? Each of us have opinions concerning our choices. Some of us say, “I don’t want to be bored”, some say, “I want to be informed” while even a smaller number may say, “that’s not good for me” or “that’s not what my Lord would approve”. Where do you fit in this picture? Are you sincerely seeking the Lord’s will, your own will and pleasure or some mixture of these? Are you being conformed by the sounds and pictures of the world or are you transformed by the mind of Christ. Is the whole bag of candy acceptable even if there are some worldly rocks mixed in? Are you compromising your faith and is this causing you to be less fruitful than you should be. Do others have to accept some of your worldliness in order to be a “Christian” like you?
We should not judge one another however we should allow Christ to search our own hearts.
“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” (Romans 12:1 – All verses KJV)
“Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.” (Romans 6:11-13)
“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7)
“For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.“ (1 Corinthians 6:20)
“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.” (1 John 2:15)
“It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High: To shew forth thy lovingkindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night, Upon an instrument of ten strings, and upon the psaltery; upon the harp with a solemn sound. For thou, LORD, hast made me glad through thy work: I will triumph in the works of thy hands. O LORD, how great are thy works! and thy thoughts are very deep. A brutish man knoweth not; neither doth a fool understand this. When the wicked spring as the grass, and when all the workers of iniquity do flourish; it is that they shall be destroyed for ever: But thou, LORD, art most high for evermore.” (Psalm 92:1-8)
“As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:” (1 Peter 1:14)
“And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.” (Ephesians 4:23)
“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. “ (Philippians 4:6-7)
“And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.” (Ephesians 5:18-21)
“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” (Philippians 4:8)