5 Things Believers MUST be Mindful of...
By: Elizabeth L. Creecy
Please don’t think there are ONLY 5 things that a believer must be mindful of because that’s not the case. There are many things that believers must remain aware of, but today we will go over 5 of them.
1. Make Up Your Mind Not to be Curious About Evil
Take a second to reflect on all the times mentally you were curious about evil! I know I have been. A few years ago, I was incredibly curious about the mentality serial killers had. Oh, and don’t get me started on some of the videos Facebook lets “slip” through the cracks. It is challenging to get those horrible images out of your mind’s eye if you are anything like me.
God told the Israelites in Deuteronomy 12:30-31 not to even investigate the idolatrous practices of pagans. Why? Because He knew they might be tempted to introduce those wicked practices into worship of the one true God.
We must remember that knowledge of evil is harmful, especially when that knowledge becomes too great of a temptation to resist. The truth is YOU DO NOT need to be curious about anything that comes from the kingdom of darkness. If you are thinking, well, I am because I want to know how it ends. Then let me save you some time. It ends in destruction, torment, pain, suffering, and torcher.
2. Be Mindful of Who You are Listening Too
Jesus made it very easy for us when He said, “You will know a person by their fruit” (Matthew 7:15-20). Before you choose to listen to anyone, especially on topics that pertain to your life, observe their fruit first.
In Deuteronomy 18:10-13, the Israelites were forbidden to contact anyone who claimed to communicate with the unseen world. We are held to the same standard today!
The verses provide 8-means of communication with the spirit world, which God calls abominations. They are witchcraft (a witch/warlock), soothsaying ( a seer; false prophet), one who interprets omens ( a palm reader, fortune teller, astrologer), a sorcerer (witch doctor), one who conjures spells (wizard), a medium (spirit medium – talks to the dead), a spiritist (a seance leader – communicates with spirits), one who calls up the dead (necromancer).
Instead, God asks you to be blameless, which means listening to God’s voice alone. If you are a new believer, this can be more difficult. Even as an older, more experienced believer, this can be difficult. God does encourage us to have godly counsel to help us. Therefore, you have to pray for God to bring you the right people to speak into your life. You will also need to test that person to make sure their fruit matches their words.
As you wait to find godly people to help you and guide you, stop going to your horoscope and stop thinking someone other than God can tell you your future. Instead, pray to God and meditate with Him.
3. Be Mindful of Your Gut Feelings
Romans 14:23 says: But if you have doubts about whether or not you should eat something, you are sinning if you go ahead and do it. For you are not following your convictions. If you do anything you believe is not right, you are sinning.
The Holy Spirit lives in your gut or belly (John 7:38) and creates that “gut feeling” or “intuition.” Therefore, YOU NEED TO LISTEN TO IT! The Holy Spirit is the greatest power of all – so it’s not going to be wrong or lead you astray. Now, of course, you can feel like you have a gut feeling, and it not be the Holy Spirit. While the Holy Spirit will never be wrong, your conscience is not an error-free guide. It can be easy to mix the two up or not know how to differentiate from the two.
Your conscience must be renewed and educated to the Word of God, which will also help you discern when it’s your will versus the Holy Spirit.
As believers, we must be mindful of when our gut is telling us to do something. IT IS A SIN TO VIOLATE YOUR CONSCIENCE. If you do anything that you believe is not right, then you are sinning! To go against your conviction would leave you with a guilty or uneasy conscience. The reality is anytime God is showing you something that may be wrong for you, you need to avoid it. In moments where you are unsure, take a leap of faith. First, pray, asking for clearer direction. Then wait for a moment to see if the sensation in your gut grows stronger. If it doesn’t do the option that brings you the most peace. If you do get clearer direction, then move forward.
4. Be Mindful of Your Brother/Sister in Christ
In 1 Corinthians 8:4-9, Paul is acknowledging many things that we must honor:
Behind idols are dark powers
There is no other God but one that is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ
Not every Christian (new or old) understand the liberty which they have in Christ
When Paul says “weak,” he doesn’t mean physically weak. Instead, it is a term describing those who are excessively careful in matters of moral indifference. For instance, it is not wrong for a believer to eat pork as far as God is concerned. It would have been wrong for a Jew to do so in the Old Testament, but a Christian is at perfect liberty to partake of such food. However, a Jew converted to Christianity might still have doubts about this. He might feel that it is wrong to eat a roast pork dinner. He is what the Bible calls a weak brother. It means that he is not living in the full enjoyment of his Christian liberty.
We must be mindful of where our younger sibling in Christ is and work to honor them.
Think about how you can help keep them safe and growing for Christ.
5. Mindful of What's Driving You
Proverbs 14:12 – There is a path before each person that seems right, but it ends in death.
Remember who you are and where you are concerning the Father. If you aren’t sure if something is biblical or not, do yourself a favor and look it up!
In a broader sense, the way which seems right to a man is his own way,
Self-will makes more sense because you see through this perspective, believing you have more control over the variables than you really do. The path of self-will usually doesn’t like divine guidance or human counsel.
The path that seems right to you:
It might offer you more options and require fewer sacrifices
Does this align with Jesus at all?
Does this solution look attractive because it allows me more time to do what I want?
Because it doesn’t ask me to change my lifestyle? Because it requires no moral restraint?
The right choice often requires courage, hard work, and self-sacrifice. Don’t be enticed by apparent shortcuts – they only make the path longer!
The self-will path ends in disaster and spiritual death.
It is incredibly effortless to make God and what He wants us to be mindful of the last priority. Instead, we have to make God and His ways a priority. Part of living as a mindful believer is clarifying your priorities and making sure what is number one to you is number one to God too.