Girl To Girl Talk: Do You Guard Your Mind Against Being Worldly?
Written by Christi Given | June 10, 2013
Every week, I go through the “Girl Talk” section of Project Inspired and look for those seeking advice and council. I want to help answer some questions you may have about living out your Christian life and walk of faith! We want PI to be a safe place where you can ask questions.
Many girls have been asking about different things they have been seeing in the media. They have had questions and doubts about their faith. I wanted to write about walking in the spirit, the war for our attention and how the spirit (Godly things) are the opposite of the flesh (worldly things).
It is so hard in society today as we are bombarded by distractions, technology is advancing and, of course, time is short. We need to be on guard and be watchful as God shows us His will in our lives. In the Bible, Jesus warns us that if we are lukewarm, God will spit us out of his mouth–just like lukewarm water is neither hot nor cold, it is not good. It is lukewarm. It essentially means half-hearted, or that you have one foot in the world and one in the church. God wants all of our hearts and wants true worshipers.
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Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come (Mark 13:33).
As believers, we have the Holy Spirit, and in the Bible in the book of Galatians, Paul addresses the people by telling them to “Walk in the spirit so they do not gratify the sinful nature” (Galatians 5:16). We all are human and have faults. We all slip and fall, and no one is perfect. We all make mistakes, but we can, for the most part, abide in the Lord if we focus on the things of God, like praying and reading His Holy word.
If we are filling up our minds with garbage like bad or toxic music, television or other destructive things, our minds will be focused on the worldly things. We all know that balance is good and that we can’t live under a rock by any means, but it is good to guard our hearts and minds so that we ultimately honor God.
Pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17).
You may be asking yourself, how do I do this? How do I walk in the spirit and be a spirit-filled believer versus a “worldly” Christian? What we need to do first is seek God in everything we do. We need to ask God His opinion on our choices in life and examine if it would be edifying and glorifying to Jesus. Ask yourself, “Is what I am doing fruitful, and will it bring me closer to or further from God?”
Next, we need to read God’s word DAILY (Matthew 6:11). Not once a week in church but regularly; form a habit of soaking in truth in our minds. When we are in God’s word, it will change our thinking, which will result in a change in our patterns and behavior.
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will (Romans 12:2).
When we are close to God, we desire to be more like Him and to honor Him. We hope to please God our Father with our lives and all we do. It is impossible to please God without faith, but also if we are not abiding in Him, reading His Word and fellowshipping with Him. It says in John chapter 15 verse 5, “Apart from me you can do nothing.”
Also, it says in the Bible,
But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law (Galatians 5:16-18).
Four Practical Ways to Stay Filled with the Spirit:
1. Seek God in all that we do (in our choices and decisions).
2. Pray daily.
3. Guard our hearts and minds. (Be selective with what you listen to and watch!)
4. Read the Bible daily.
I pray that this Girl Talk post encourages you and that you are uplifted and motivated to read God’s word, abide in the vine and to keep walking in the spirit.
PI readers, what helps you stay spirit-filled? How do you avoid distractions and giving in to the flesh or the world?