We are called to be in the world but not of it, but what does that really look like?
Find out how we can live in that tension and manage our lives in a way that pleases the Lord. We talked about our faith walk in a world full of pitfalls with Dr. Mark Laaser, former pastor, author and founder of Faithful & True counseling center. Hear insights from his book Seven Desires: Looking Past What Separates Us to Learn What Connects Us.
Did you know that God has the power to fulfill the desires of your heart? Psalm 37:4 reminds us that God knows our deepest desires and will satisfy them throughout our lives as we delight in Him. During the broadcast, Mark explained that he struggled with having sinful desires early on in his marriage, and needed God to re-shape and transform his desires to stay in line with Christ’s.
“Mind-transformation has a lot to do with what we focus on”
Our thoughts, goals and pursuits need to be in line with God’s word and truth. By taking every thought and holding it captive, we can turn them obedient to Christ and start to truly experience freedom in our lives. What a person values can be seen by where they spend their time and money, Mark detailed, but we can all choose to change and begin redirecting our values at any given time.
“God designed the brain in such a way that it will be transformed depending on what we put into it”
What about watching movies and engaging in actives in the world? Mark shared that this pendulum can swing both ways. Either we can transform our minds in a negative, sinful, worldly way or a positive, healthy, Christ-centered way. We heard helpful insights on what Dr. Laaser asks himself prior to engaging in actives or watching a movie;
• Is it good for the soul?
• Is this good for my brain?
• Is this good for my body?
Instead of letting unwanted thoughts, sinful desires or hidden messages enter into our minds and hearts, we have a powerful opportunity to choose Godly wisdom to help us with discernment and the filtering process. All things are possible with Christ, including our ability to live in the world but not of it.
More helpful information about Mark Laaser and Faithful & True can be found here.