Is it from God? Is it Wrong or right? 3 steps to find out.1. Does it align with God's word?
If it comes from God it will never ever go against His Word.
2. Does it go against God's law of nature?
God made law and order, everything from Him will be according to the law of nature...
Examples: marriage is between a male and a female... in the winter, it is cold and there is snow...apple trees produces apples, orange trees produce oranges...rabbits produce rabbits, sheep produces sheep...etc...
3. What results does it have in the end?
What comes out from it? Is the result good, or bad? Does it bring hurt or harm? Or does it result in joy, and peace?
Examples: in Buddhism if every man became monks, there would be no children and after those generations die, there would be no one left on earth...etc.
The Words of Your Mouth & The Meditation of Your Heart Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight,
O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer. Psalm 19:14 (NKJ)
This verse is saying to let our words and what we constantly think about be acceptable to God.
The meditation of our heart is the things we think about all the time, not just once, but constantly, and what we put our emotions, our heart into.
We should not watch bad things, listen to bad things, and read bad things. And that cuts off a lot of the media today, a lot of the music, the movies, shows, and books. It can seem really unfair and we really don’t want to do the right thing. Our flesh, our soul wants to watch, read; listen to all those bad things, because it gives us temporary pleasure and happiness. But When we keep watching bad things, not just once or twice but a lot, it adds up. It affects you. Like when you go to the butcher and they start slice one thin piece of meat from a big chunk of meat; to our human eye, it seems like the meat is untouched and the difference of the size is unnoticeable. And each and every time the big piece of meat is cut, the difference is still not noticeable. But if you were to leave the shop and come back a couple hours or a day later, you would see that the once big chunk of meat is now a very small piece. Those slices of meat added up to be a very large amount resulting in a very small piece of meat from what was a huge chunk. The things you watch, the things you listen to, and the things you read will add up and eventually take part of a huge part in your life. It will start to consume you, you will start thinking about it constantly and eventually start talking about it. It will consume you, it affects you, even if you cannot see it right away.
What is the standard for what is pleasing and what is acceptable with God?
“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things arelovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.” Philippians 4:8
Meditate (To think about often/constantly) on things that are true…noble…just…pure…lovely…of good report…virtue…praiseworthy…
If we were to follow just one of them, like pure things… most of the media would be out the door. Like action/romance, romance, drama and other movies, books, and music that have sexual innuendo and context, any sexually explicit scenes, or wrong sexual story plots and lines.
Think about things that are lovely…so no horror movies, or books, no screaming, rage filled music…all those out the door.
Think about things that are of good report….gossip out the door, most news networks…all out the door.
What you listen to, what you watch, and what you read will seep into your thoughts and eventually come out of your mouth.
When you memorize things, you write them over and over, read them over and over, and it eventually will get stuck into your brain. Your words are like a double edged sword. It can kill and hurt people. And what you read, watch, and listen will cause you to start to think about it. And what you think about constantly, what you meditate on, it will come out of your mouth. So if you watch, listen, and read bad things, bad things will come out of your mouth. But if you watch, listen, read good things, we will start to say good things.
But that isn’t the end of the verse, it also says in the end, “O Lord, my STRENGTH and my REDEEMER.”
Why does it have “O Lord my strength and redeemer”? Because God knows that it is not always easy. But God is our STRENGTH, He will help you. God knows that we sometimes fall and will say wrong things, think about wrong things, but God is our REDEEMER! Just because we fall does not mean it is the end of us. If we get up and turn back into doing right. God is faithful to redeem us!
If God is a good God then why can’t we do this or that, why are there so many restrictions? Doesn’t God want us to enjoy ourselves? Yes, God is good, yes, God want us to have joy and happiness in our lives; that is exactly why there are standards and restrictions. In order to go higher with God, we need to watch what we put in our hearts and mind, and soul.
“All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful, all things are lawful for me, but not all things edify”
- 1 Corinthians 10:23
What is means is, that, just because something is correct, or not wrong, doesn’t mean it will help you or uplift you and others up. Just because something is not exactly wrong and is seemingly ok doesn’t mean you should read it, watch it, listen to it, or have to say it. Say what is right, watch what is right, listen to what is right, but also lift up other people’s spirit and yours too. Don’t bring people down, or yourself by doing things that will not uplift your spirit and help you and others grow in God.