2 Corinthians 10:5, “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.”
Bro. Curington, in his testimony, talked about how he had grown up in a Christian environment and how he had learned about God, but later in life he realized that he had only gained information about God. That information was enough to exercise faith to receive Christ as Savior, but not to continue to live by faith in a victorious life. He spent a decade running from the “rules” from God. Christianity had been reduced in his mind to a list of do’s and don’ts. It was about rules instead of a relationship.
As I travel, I meet many Christians who “look right” on the outside, but the inside is lacking that relationship with Christ. We become miserable replicas when we listen to the wrong voices that emphasis the wrong things in our lives. Biblical thinking was never about keeping a list of rules, but realizing our need for total dependence of a wonderful Savior. One of my favorite sayings is “you can follow all the rules, but it does not mean you are following Christ! But if you follow Christ, you will not have problems with the rules.”
Unbiblical thinking is not only seen through the world in which we live, but also in our own heart. It is a focus on us, instead of God. It is a focus on good instead of God. There is a difference between goodwill and God’s will.
Let’s look at a few obstacles to that are designed to draw us away from biblical thinking:
I. Listening to the wrong voices
Satan has a voice that brings deception into our lives. He desires to attack our identity in Christ. He desires to bring deception and discouragement to us, in order to separate our thoughts from God. Scoffers have a voice of disbelief. These are those who end up in our pathway that will mock God and His ways, trying to divert us from what is for my good and for His glory. Scorners, as seen in Psalm One, are that group of people try to get us to take their opinions of contempt or negativity, which will only lead us to distance ourselves from God. And, finally, slanderers are often used to defame the works of God and cause doubt in our hearts.
II. Looking at the wrong things
If we muse or gaze on wrong things, it will eventually affect biblical thinking. Television is filled with a focus of negative, immoral things that will dull our hearing to biblical truth. The internet is a wonderful tool, but can be a garbage site that will focus on impure, dishonest ways of living. Advertisements are another means of promoting wrong goals and ideas to our culture. You may think it does not bother you, but be sure people are not spending billions of dollars for nothing! Looking unto Jesus, (Hebrews 12:2) should always be the gaze found in the Christians heart.
III. Lusting out of our own hearts
We have to be careful of corruption that comes from WITHIN as well as without:“For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness” (Mark 7:21-22.)
When Brother Curington came back to the Lord, he tried to do good once again, and failed miserably. He concluded that you will never conform by performing, but you will conform by transforming, and that is only accomplished as you transform your thinking into biblical thinking. That biblical thinking is summarized in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave…” He loves you and me. He desires fellowship with us. He desires a personal relationship with us today. Identify that which draws you away from Him today, and seek to replace it with biblical thinking.
“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 12:2).