Random Ramblings from the Resident Raptor
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Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death. James 1:13-15 (ESV)
Several times a week I must clear it out of my mail box or it will pile up endlessly. Although I do not subscribe to any of these services, there seems to be no end to the number of advertisements awaiting my perusal in the weekly mail delivery. Try as I might, there appears to be no way to end this onslaught from these peddlers who invade my privacy without warning and without an invitation. Their incessant barrage into my home is unstoppable. I would like to pull the plug on these worthless paper- peddlers and forbid them access to my mail box. But alas there is nothing I can do to stop the inflow. The best I can muster is to clear out the mailbox and pitch the unwanted solicitations into the nearest garbage pail. Eventually all those offers will come back to haunt me from the landfills around the country. At least for now I am rid of the pesky things.
We are surrounded by messages each and every second. Our lives are bombarded with noise and triviality. We are constantly being solicited with thoughts and advertisements vying for our attention. This is why the Bible warns us to think only on those things that show merit and hold true lasting value. If I took the time to read every piece of junk mail that infiltrated my mail box, I would be spending time doing a worthless activity and I’d probably be tempted to spend hard earned money on some useless gadget or gizmo.
My virtual email box is even worse with the constant barrage of SPAM mail I get on a daily basis. This is even after the spam filter picks out a good bit of it. How many times am I going to get the same offer for this, that or the other business opportunity, or offers for augmentation of one portion of my anatomy or another. Never mind the fact that these are not always gender specific. I mean I get woman’s care product offers as well as male enhancement offers. Come see this, come do that, write to me and the list goes on and on and on.
Someone, somewhere has to have way too much time on their hands to be producing all this junk mail and spam email that circulates around the world. But they, like the producers of junk mail, know that there is a market for their services. Otherwise, they would not produce it. The sad facts are, if a message is repeated often enough and loud enough, it oft times supplants legitimate thought and reasoning. Advertisers know that if a person sees a message enough times and it is presented in a provocative enough way, many people will actually buy what they are advertising, whether they wanted it or not.
Thus is the nature of mass-marketing. Therefore junk mail purveyors will continue to produce their endless reams of merchandising paraphernalia. Oh how I wish there was a spam blocker for the US postal system.
Spiritual junk mail is just as real and pervasive as actual junk mail. Our minds are bombarded with sights and sounds, scents and sensations, each and every moment of our lives. Some of these thoughts are worthy of our attention but many are not worth the time it takes to ponder them. Yet we are constantly bombarded to the point of mental overload. Even our night thoughts have a tendency to be invaded through dreams and imaginations. Therefore it is important that we watch our thoughts carefully and on what things we spend time thinking about.
What we take the time to meditate on and ponder, become the thoughts that eventually lead us to take action. If we fill our conscious minds with worthwhile thoughts, then we can reasonably expect to produce worthwhile actions, but if on the contrary, we meditate on negative and evil thoughts, those too will eventually produce actions that could result in death – death to ourselves or others. Hate, lust, envy, murderous rage, greed and covetousness are all evil thoughts and produce a harvest of evil actions which produce evil results.
Keep your mind clear, and be alert. Your opponent the devil is prowling around like a roaring lion as he looks for someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8 (GW)
The enemy of our souls, knows all too well that if he constantly pounds our thoughts with negative input, sooner or later our actions will start to represent those very same thoughts. Therefore it is important that we filter out these spiritual spam messages on a constant basis.
Mass marketers and satanic forces, both understand the power of rapid and consistent repetition. They both understand the human mind’s capacity to retain information, long after the initial exposure to the message is removed. It is those mind images, that make it imperative to wipe the hard-drive of our minds, clear of all negative images, on a regular and consistent basis. We must then replace the negative with what is wholesome and uplifting. If allowed to clutter our thoughts unabated, those negative images will eventually lead us to take action which will produce negative consequences.
If we do not clear the junk mail from our minds then, just like our mail boxes and computer inboxes, our minds will overflow with all those negative junk messages and crowd out anything meaningful and hopeful. It is imperative then, that we constantly battle junk and spam.
Don’t become like the people of this world. Instead, change the way you think. Then you will always be able to determine what God really wants—what is good, pleasing, and perfect. Romans 12:2
So therefore, until there is no longer a market for their services, I will have to continually filter and discard spam and junk mail on a regular basis. Knowing that if I do not initially discard all these attempts to alter my behavior, I will become much more likely to act upon one or more of these offers and end up wasting money on some “too good to be true” offer which I would later regret having succumbed to. In spiritual matters the results of reacting to unsolicited offers could be deadly.
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy–meditate on these things. Philippians 4:8
But those who are waiting for the Lord will have new strength; they will get wings like eagles: running, they will not be tired, and walking, they will have no weariness. Isaiah 40:31 (BBE)
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