Saturday, August 21, 2010

You Are What You Eat

Everyone know the saying: "You are what you eat."  That statement is even more true for our spiritual lives then our physical lives.  Spiritually speaking, you are what you eat.  Those things that you expose yourself to and allow into your life will have an influence on your spiritual life.  A few weeks ago I posted "The Company You Keep" in regards to people we allow to influence us, today I want to talk about things.  In reading this post keep these passages of Scripture in mind:
Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.  Galatians 6:7-8 NKJV
"The lamp of the body is the eye. Therefore, when your eye is good, your whole body also is full of light. But when your eye is bad, your body also is full of darkness. Therefore take heed that the light which is in you is not darkness. If then your whole body is full of light, having no part dark, the whole body will be full of light, as when the bright shining of a lamp gives you light."  Luke 11:34-36 NKJV
We need to be careful of what we allow into our minds and for that we need to be careful what we watch and listen to.  The first and obvious example is pornography.  Once you allow that into your minds, it never goes away.  It becomes a stain and affects your relationship with your loved ones.  Furthermore, if you are married, it is adultery plain and simple. 
"But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart."  Matthew 5:28 NKJV
Pornography is only about lust and is therefore automatically adultery.  You can not be a faithful husband and watch pornography.  If you sow to pornography you will reap a troubled marriage and ruined sex life with your spouse.

But getting past the obvious, let's look at some other things.  I want to focus specifically on entertainment.

What kind of movies and television do you watch?  Is it edifying?  Does it draw you closer to God or does it put ungodly things inside your head.  Pornography, for a Christian, is not just something rated XXX, but can be something on television that promotes lust or creates lust in your heart.  We live in a highly sexually charged world and our entertainent reflects that reality.  Do you watch shows that contain nudity?  Do you watch movies that feature foul language?  Are you entertained by the glorification of sin?  None of things should be!

What kind of music do your listen to? Music was created by God to be used for His Worship and to glorify Him.  It was certainly not created to glorify sin, which is what most popular music of today does.  Do you listen to rap music filled with horrible profanity, glorification of sex and violence, and turning women into sexual objects?  Do you listen to rock music that glorifies sex and drugs?  Do you listen to popular music that glorifies sex and other sin?  I do know that not all music is bad, but if you actually look at the lyrics you will see that it is not Godly. I mean, even innocent sounding songs like 'Party in the USA' by Miley Cyrus is about a girl who is homesick and gets over it by going clubbing and hearing songs by Jay-Z and Britney Spears (neither known for wholesome living or music).   Do you find yourself listening to music with foul language?  Do you sing along even to bad words or with songs that glorify sex, drugs, violence, and other offensive things?  That alone proves my point that what you allow into yourself becomes part of you.

What about other kinds of entertainment like video games?  Do you play games like Grand Theft Auto where you pretend to rob, steal, have sex, and more.  Do you play other graphically violent games featuring barely dressed female characters?  How can you say that you hate sin if you enjoy pretending to commit it?  It should make you sick, instead it entertains you. 

The Bible commands us:
casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, 2 Corinthians 10:5 NKJV
How can you be taking each though captive to the obedience of Christ if you are purposely filling your mind with things that are repugnant to Christ.

The Bible also says:
Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. Romans 12:9 NKJV
How can we claim to hate evil if we are entertained by it? 

If you sow violent, sex-charged, sin-glorifying, drug-pushing entertainment, you will reap its rewards - a struggling marriage, a damaged relationship with God, a distant relationship with your children.  You will have a wrong view of women.  Spritual growth will be slowed or stopped.  You will reap the emptiness of a flesh-filled life.  You will not reap the joy and peace that only sowing to the spirit can provide.

So what do we focus on? The Bible is clear on that as well:
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.  Philippians 4:8 NKJV
Fill you mind with the things of God.  Pray, read and meditate on His word, fellowship with your brothers and sisters in the Lord.  When you sow to the spirit, you will reap the spirit.  When you reap the spirit, the joy and peace you will experience will go way beyond what you can imagine.  If we reap the Spirit, we will reap the fruits of the Spirit of which is so sweet and nothing is more satisfying.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.And those who are Christ's have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another. Galatians 5:22-26 NKJV

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