Interference and Choices

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This week I was listening—or trying to listen—to one of my favorites, the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah. Evidently, however, the power lines nearby created enough interference that another station began to override what I wanted to hear. It was so annoying that I turned it off.

Life can be like that. The mundane so often pre-empts the sublime. The mediocre, if we let it, prevails over the excellent.

While there wasn’t much I could do about the radio interference, what can we do to keep our focus on what matters most?

Life: a series of choices

Once we make up our minds to obey Christ, then we must subject even our thinking to His Lordship. “Finally then, brethren, whatever is true, 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” (Philippians 4:8).

This implies that whatever is not true, honorable, right, pure, etc. is off-limits for us.

God made our wonderful minds. The greatest commandment, Jesus said, is to love the Lord with all our heart/soul/mind” (Matthew 22:37).

So what will we choose?

Since so much of what we think about is affected for good or bad by what we see and hear, then how will this affect our choices regarding entertainment, computer use, reading, friendships, etc.?

It is both naïve and foolish to think we can watch and listen to garbage and not be affected by it (1 Corinthians 10:12; James 4:4; 1 John 2:15-17).

“Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good” (Romans 12:9).

How Satan works to persuade us that good and evil are the opposite of what God says (Genesis 3:1-6; Isaiah 5:20).

Satan is the ultimate source of interference. With God, the signal is clear.

Hallelujah!

 

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/

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Discerning the Difference

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Learning to discern

Good vs. evil. Can we tell the difference? Sometimes it’s easy; sometimes not.

“But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil” (Hebrews 5:14).

Many issues the Bible does not address–directly.

However, the Bible does reveal God—His values, His character, what He loves and hates.

Knowing God through His word

The better we understand Him, the more clearly we see life through His eyes.

That each person may decide right and wrong subjectively is Satan’s lie.

“. . . a man’s way is not in himself, nor is it in a man who walks to direct his steps” (Jeremiah 10:23).

What we need is an objective standard by which to evaluate all things.

We have it—the Bible (Psalm 119:105).

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/

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Is That Right?

Who says…?

Is there such a thing as good and such a thing as evil? Are good and evil objective realities, applicable across the board to all of us?

Or are good and evil simply what each individual thinks they are?

What if your good differs from my good? What if your good is evil to me, or vice versa?

Who, if anyone, has the authority to determine what is good and what is evil? (Proverbs 17:15).

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The Word says….

“Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter” (Isaiah 5:20).

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/

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