“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.” Colossians 3:16 ESV
The world offers us many things to fill our minds with: TV, Netflix, social media, articles, video games, books, magazines, podcasts, music, and the like. We don’t do well with silence, so we always like to fill our empty moments with something. We want our minds to always be occupied.
But what are you filling yourself with? Are you being filled and controlled by the Word of God, or are other things taking precedent and thus controlling you? You may not notice at first, but what we fill our minds with is what we produce later on. If we are filling our minds with things that promote sin, we shouldn’t be surprised when such sin is produced in us. We shouldn’t be surprised when temptation is harder to resist. We shouldn’t be surprised when our lives aren’t matching up to Scripture. When we are filling our minds with dark material, we shouldn’t be surprised when our moods are darkened by it.
But when we are filled with the Word of God, we can expect something beautiful to be produced. We can expect worship to fill our hearts and mouths, we expect thanksgiving to characterize us, even in difficulty. We need to test everything we fill ourselves with by God’s Word. If you are struggling with sin, battling constant sadness, or simply finding it difficult to be thankful, consider what you are filling yourself with. Have you given more time to worldly content than you have to God’s Word? What is truly controlling you?
Thank you for your perfect Word, God. Thank you for how powerful it is to fill and change us. Please help me to be discerning with what I fill my mind and heart with. Help me to fill myself with your Word.
Take some to analyze what you are filling your mind with. It’s not wrong to listen to secular things, but make sure that what you are filling your mind with isn’t leading you to sin or hurting your walk with Christ. See how you can replace sinful heart fillers with God’s Word.
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