Thursday Oct 16 2008
Important to be aware of what you download in your mind
By: Greg Denham, Calvary Chapel Auburn
King David was right when he wrote that “we are fearfully and wonderfully made.” And to think that was written before we knew that our mind’s activity can be compared to one thousand switchboards, each big enough to serve New York City, all running at full speed, receiving and sending questions and orders. In fact, there is more electronic activity in one human brain than in all the radio and television stations of the entire world put together! If that were not enough, when a person is born again and indwelt by the Spirit, he knows God personally, an impossibility for a computer. But while the human mind and brain is more complex than a computer, there are similarities to how a computer operates that can help us understand the importance of “downloading” God’s Word in our life. Just as a computer stores a whole lot of information, so does the brain. A computer is also able to retrieve information that is stored in its hard drive. Similarly, the mind interfaces with the brain and retrieves information that has been stored. It then processes it, or “thinks” on it. Furthermore, like a computer, the kind of information that is downloaded has a huge impact. This cannot be emphasized enough. A computer can be exposed to information called a computer virus that can disrupt it from operating properly. Millions and millions of dollars are spent each year on improving ways to block bad and destructive information from entering a computer. But how many people protect their minds? Millions of people protect their computers, but how many make it a priority to protect what their minds are exposed to and what they ultimately think about? The point is that we need to be aware of what we are downloading in our minds, what we are thinking upon (or processing), and recognize that bad ideas need to be filtered. Pastor and author Kent Hughes put it this way: “Christians leave their brain made of 12 billion cells unguarded and unthinking — and undisciplined.” Yet, the Bible tells us in Proverbs 4:23, “Above all else, guard your heart for it is the wellspring of life.” The kind of information that you allow to be downloaded in your life, processed, and thought upon will determine the quality of your life. Jesus said, “If you continue in my word you will be my disciples and you shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free” (John 8:31-32). Jesus said, “Sanctify them through your Truth, your Word is Truth” (John 17:17). God’s word is true because it identifies for us who God is, his plan for man, his promises to us, and who we are in relationship with his son. I encourage you “download” the truth of God’s word every day. You will experiencing God’s blessings as you do! Greg Denham is pastor at Calvary Chapel Auburn.