Fixing My Mind, Thinking With A Purpose:
Whatever You Think You Become (Part 10 Finale)
Delivered by Trennie L. Williams
Christ Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church
Sunday, November 12, 2017
For the rest, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of reverence and is honorable and seemly, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely and lovable, whatever is kind and winsome and gracious, if there is any virtue and excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think on and weigh and take account of these things [fix your minds on them].
“…take account of these things [fix your minds on them].”
One of today’s greatest phenomenon that has entered in some people’s pastime is the Cigar. There appears to be more cigar shops and lounges opening in every major city. The qualities and tastes are said to distinguish one from the other. The price tag ranges from $3 to half a million dollars. There’s the bubblegum cigar for 50 cents and the chocolate cigar for $1.29 that men have passed out to other men when their baby is born. By the way, the pink bubblegum cigar was given when a girl is born. A blue cigar is given when it is a boy. For the more serious cigar handler, users pay $2 up to hundreds or even thousands of dollars for one cigar. There is a 600-year-old cigar that is valued at $507,000 a pop.
And we want even get into the cigarette details, as that is where the word cig originated from. Besides, most people who despise cigarette smoke don’t mind the smell of cigars for short, limited time. The point here, though, is that cigars and cigs have played a part in society. We are not going to smoke, but we are borrowing CIGS as an acronym to help focus on the finale of Fixing My Mind, Thinking with a Purpose: What You Think You Become.
Our minds, as believers, should be focused on thinking about positive, uplifting things. Negative, degrading thoughts, words and actions are not where the Lord wants you to be in your daily living. Therefore, we should take heed to think about virtuous, praise-worthy things. Whatever is true, honorable, reverent, just, pure, lovely, and kind gives us plenty of ammunition to rid our minds of false, dishonorable, irreverent, unjust, impure, hateful and unkind thoughts and actions.
We should take account of and fix our mind on the higher things. There are some CIGS we should never attempt to have in our lives:
C – Carelessness
I – Ignorance
G – Greed
S – Selfishness
Instead, children of God, like your selves, should be adamant about these CIGS in life:
C – Carefulness
I – Intelligence
G – God-feared
S – Selflessness
Your thoughts can help you stay in tune with God, His vision, and His purpose in your life. That why we must maintain a stronger sense of where our thoughts are on a constant basis. When evil, negative thoughts enter your mind, it is time to turn in the opposite direction. With the Holy Spirit’s help, you shall overcome these obstacles in ways that are greater than you could ask or think.
His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire. For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins. Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to confirm your calling and election, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall. For in this way there will be richly provided for you an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. (2 Peter 1:3-11)