Thursday, January 28th, 2010
"Those who are in accord with the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those in accord with the spirit on the things of the spirit." (Romans 8:5)
How can we avoid having our thinking—and thus our actions—dominated by the spirit of the world? We must put a filter on our mind, striving to block out the world’s propaganda to the extent possible. For example, when choosing entertainment, we refuse to let our minds be sullied by programs that glorify immorality or violence. We realize that God’s holy, or clean, spirit will not reside in a dirty mind. (Psalm 11:5; 2 Corinthians 6:15-18) In addition, we invite God’s spirit into our minds through regular Bible reading, prayer, meditation, and meeting attendance. And we work along with that spirit as we regularly share in the Christian preaching work. As Paul states, “the minding of the flesh means death, but the minding of the spirit means life and peace.”—Romans 8:6
(Watchtower issue: 09/15/08, 4:19-21)
*I recorded a good talk by our circuit overseer just recently, which deals with this topic. It's about how we are constantly in an uphill battle or swimming against the tide when it comes to the dominant attitude and beliefs of the majority of people in society, and why it's so important to keep standing firm if we don't want to compromise our beliefs and moral standards. I'll try to get it uploaded onto my audio download page once I figure out how to transfer it off my mp3 player (since I have to use a different program this time which is more complicated and I haven't got the hang of yet). I have issues with technology =) ... also I noticed that Nakido made some changes to their site, which I hope doesn't make it harder or more complicated to download (I think it depends on how busy the site is)...but let me know if you're having trouble downloading any of the audio talks.