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If There Be Any Virtue

Eugene Prewitt

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Eugene Prewitt

Director, The Institute of East Asia Training (IEAT)

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  • March 28, 2009
    10:00 AM
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I is for you prayer our father in heaven I asked that you would help us here this morning that you teach us what is true by the gift of your spirit and I ask for this name of Jesus and this laminar read you a few statements from the writings of Ellen White or Sabbath school this quarter has been so much about her writings the Bible study this is from the book Christian temperance and Bible hygiene page one thirty six it is the special work of Satan in these last days to take possession of the minds of youth to corrupt the thoughts inflame the passions for he knows that by so doing he can lead to in viewer actions and thus all the noble faculties of the mind will become debased and he can control them to suit his own purposes all are free moral agents and as such they must train their thoughts to run in the right channel the first work of those who would reform is to purify the imagination are meditations it should be sought as what elevates the mind whatsoever things are true whatsoever things are honest whatsoever things are just what sort of things are pure whatsoever things are lovely whatsoever things are of good report if there be any virtue and if there be any praise think on these things here is a wide field in which the mind can safely range if Satan seeks to turn it that is the mind too low and sensible things bring it back when corrupt imaginings seek to gain the session of your mind leave the throne of grace and prayed for strength from Heaven by the grace of Christ it is possible for us to reject him fewer thoughts Jesus will attract the mind purified of thoughts and cleanse the heart from every secret sin the beautiful promises and the DeJesus will attract the mind himself elsewhere she says like a Mac this next statement is from Peterson prophetess page four sixty yet we have to work to do to resist temptation those who would not fall prey to Satan 's devices must guard well the avenues of the soul they must avoid it reading seeing or hearing that which will suggest impure thoughts the mind should not be left to wander at random upon every subject of the adversary of souls may suggest gird up the loins of your mind this is the apostle Peter be sober not fashioning yourself according to the former lost in your ignorance but as she which has called you is holy so be holy in all manner of living says Paul whatsoever things are true whatsoever things are honest whatsoever things are just what sort of things are pure whatsoever things are lovely was sober things are of good report if there be any virtue and if there be any praise think on these things this will require earnest prayer and unceasing watchfulness we must be aided by the inviting influence of the Holy Spirit which will attract the mind upward and that you wait it to dwell on fewer and holy things and we must give diligent study to the word of God were all showing young man cleanse his way by taking heed thereto according to thy word by word says the song must have I hid in my heart that I might not sin against the into more this is from messages to young people page two eighty six dear use seems to reading the magazines containing stories put away every novel we would do well to clear our houses of all the story magazines and the publications containing ridiculous pictures representations originated by satanic agencies that you cannot afford the poisoned their minds with such things what is the chaff to the weight let everyone who claims to be a follower of Christ to read only that which is true and of eternal value and the last one sons and daughters of God page hundred and seven we give our time and thought to the trivial and commonplace things of the world and neglect the great interest that pertain to eternal life the normal powers of the mind are dwarfed and enfeebled by the lack of exercise on themes that are worthy of their consideration skews me of their concentration whatsoever things are true whatsoever things are honest what sort of things are just whatsoever things are fewer whatsoever things are lovely whatsoever things are of good report if there be any virtue and if there be any praise think on these things as we meditate upon the perfections of our divine model we shall desire to become wholly transformed and renewed in the end security we are called to come out and be separate from the world that we may be the sons and daughters of the most high person in your Bibles Luke Luke chapter twelve and Luke chapter twelve and are looking at verse thirty three cell that you have and give arms provide yourselves bags which wax not old I treasure in the heavens that fail if not where no thief approaches neither moth corrupted for where your treasure is there will your heart be also let your loins be guarded about in your lights lights burning in you yourselves like and Amanda wait for their Lord and you yourselves liken the men that wait for their Lord when he will return from the wedding that when he cometh and not get they may open unto him immediately from the pacifist like this just to notice a few things if there is an attitude or a mindset that should characterize me it should be about I'm like a man who is waiting for the Lord the name Seventh-day Adventist highlights the idea in this verse out when I should be characterized by this idea we should be looking forward to we should be and since Hayden Christ coming that should be the theme that controls the way that we live in rarely the advice in the first verse we read here is still going to sell that you have and give alms I think if you'll try this if you will take some a collection of treasures that you've been saving up for decades perhaps in your home and if you will just sell them and give that money to some charitable need I think you find yourself feeling more freedom you felt before you didn't there's something about the treasures we have on earth that take our time and our attention and when we can be read of them it frees up our time and attention for things more noble and interest more important to do for where your treasure is there will your heart be also and it's this verse verse thirty five that is the theme for our talk this morning let your loins be girded about your lights burning the IDF girding up your loins is all through Scripture and the idea is that you can have so much clothing that hangs down in his log that it slows your progress when you need to be making fast progress if you need to run her need to be free you can't afford to have all of that in heating you and so they would gird up their loins and Jesus used that as an illustration let your loins be guarded about and your lights burning November be ready to make a fast progress I have a vibrant knowledge of truth terms for your Bibles to Job thirty eight Job chapter thirty eight for a long time this is been on my most treasured passages of Scripture it's a passage this in the next two chapters where where God bypasses as it were the prophet and speaks directly to a man and so much of what you find himself thirty eight to forty is intended to make us think that's it it's that these are chapters full of questions Job thirty eight but we are looking at verse three gird up now thy loins like a man for I will demand of the and answer thou me than Turks turned forward a page or so to chapter forty chapter forty in verse seven still God speaking to Job gird up thy loins now like a man I will demand of the end declared now unto me God uses this metaphor in a number of places in Scripture the metaphor of the whatever it is that is slowing us down in our ability to think please take care of that so that we can make the progress we need to make so we can delete deduce our minds can be on target gird up your loins now like a man that reminds me of first future warrant which turned their first Peter have first Peter chapter one looking at verse thirteen wherefore gird up the loins of your mind and be sober and hope to do and were completely for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ listen carefully to verse fourteen as obedient children not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance we agreed for fourteen backwards it says that when we were ignorant we were still fasting ourselves ignorant people are all the time of molding themselves in changing themselves but how do ignorant people change themselves they continue to mold themselves after they are lost you see that in verse fourteen the lost are the molding agent or is it where the mold the ignorant people are being formed into its as if ignorant people are being squished into the mold of their loss in between more and more like their passions their appetizer desires demand that they be and you see in verse fourteen but that's not how obedient children form themselves over start to fourteen together imply that if you don't gird up the loins of your mind then you will fasten yourself according to your lusts or set a different way if you don't want to be fashioned according to your last then you need to guard the morning of your mind verse fifteen but has here which has called you is holy so be holy in all manner of conversation because it is written be ye holy for I am holy so God 's call for me to be holy in first Peter one is the reason for me to gird up the loins of my mind the statements I read you before this we started a little Bible study I hope you will listen to this and get the references if you didn't write them down again I hope that you will listen to the sermon got Helen wife is very explicit about the way that the mind works I think I can show it to you in the Bible everything she says the concept but it's easier to read it to you and so I did before will look at in the Bible what we heard there is that the mind if it dwells on trivial and commonplace things not only do those commonplace things end up taking up time that could be devoted to more significant things but the mind if it's on these things it weakens it loses its elasticity that's it a metaphor she uses another statements the mind can't even lose its ability to grow because it is so wrapped around easy to understand things when I say easy to understand I am currently referring to for related to your IQ not like biochemistry versus ABC's and what I'm saying of those are both easy to understand I'm talking about things that are facts that once you memorize them and understand how they fix you have them that's one type of truth that there is another type of truth that so different when you say that God is love a one -year-old can understand this truth to an extent but a billion -year-old Angel can't understand it fully that kind of truth has depth and our minds were created to spend time thinking about themes that are much larger than we can the grass we can get our mind around an idea like the judgment like accountability like the gift that was given to us at Calvary the idea of Jesus humbling himself is not one that we can really take in however our mind was created to try it was created to invest itself in those kind of ideas and that's how it would become stronger that's how the mind grows and if the mind stays away from those kind of ideas and chooses the commonplace trivial it can lose its power we can become weak minded individuals by neglecting to think about the incredible truth of God is given to us so Satan did you remember that for statement this is special work in the last days his special work in these last days is to engross our mind with these things you just described his method of operation briefly it's to create some common things that are so perverted are so gross so evil that they'll only catch a few people so that when the very calm in comparatively innocent trivial things engross our mind that we will feel that it's not any problem since the things are simply commenters trivial commonplace and are not perverted or gross that these things are an enemy that stopped our minds from developing strength they displace I just need to get back to the Bible and show you what I'm trying to tell you except for I did talk about part of this year years ago I think there's twice as many future now 's there were then so I want to do a three minute review we talked back then about the nature of how truth works looked at Jude and Jude Jude says the audit on the telly those these things value them and empiricism and tell you these things though you know them and Paul says I'm a tell you these things though you receive them and you're still settled in them he so them and tell them to you again and Peterson would be negligent not to tell you again and Paul says if I don't keep reminding you of these things the fact that you believe them in the past won't even save you today all of those passages together to communicate a simple idea and that is the truth only affects us when it has our attention the fact that Jesus is coming soon will entirely modify the way I live my week this week if I has my attention during the week that was back when I say in who I talk to and what I read that truth will change me if I'm thinking about it and if I neglect that truth it will lose its power on my life saw confess you right now that I am ten days into trying to overcome an addiction it is an addiction to Google news and over that fits in my little illustration here right here it's not the perverted the dark it is stuff that pretends to be very portent and earth shattering but compared to the truth is trivial and light in common and can displace the very truth that I need in my experience I mean I can just make the metaphor plane these things are the heavy ropes and it's as if many of us are wearing the skirt on skirt on skirt we are heavily loaded in it if we wonder why we make such slow progress in our spiritual life why we would like to run our best energy is hapless barely walking and sometimes tripping it could be this or just have too much stuff around our legs so what did Jesus say gird up the loins of your mind be sober hope completely or to the end for the grace that is to be given unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ inter vivos to first Corinthians chapter ten this second Corinthians chapter ten second Corinthians chapter ten in religion versus one five what were reading are the verses that reported by Alan light we read the beginning of of the talk second front against ten verse four and five for the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but there might teach you God to the pulling down of strongholds casting down imaginations and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God it says and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ the incredible statements that we read they indicated that Satan Meadows tell you what I think and then you have to check this out anyway you can see if it's true or not I think that if Satan wanted to that he could appear right here beside me and make funny faces all of us I think that God does not stop him from doing things like that I think what stops him his common sense because if he did something like that wouldn't you all pray and with that mess him up entirely with you then have to run and just be a disaster it really isn't in the devil 's interest to act in and do crazy things he typically doesn't do that what is what does he rather do she whispers thoughts into our minds and I suppose that there are millions of people who think that they are even more perverted than they really are you might wonder what I mean I mean that Satan whispers a perverted thought into their mind and they think it originated with themselves but is it possible to resistant it's possible what we read is that if they will discipline the mind and place it on she were scenes if they will do that that Jesus will attract the mind to himself and he will purify the thoughts and feelings this is the work that he will do we don't have to let our minds run riot on anything that comes to them this is a disaster for our spiritual life and if we get it would be a disaster for spiritual life rather are Muslims need to be disciplined to dwell on noble themes what was the verse that was quoted more than any other in those passages it was Philippians four eight Philippians four eight has a lot more to say about are starting to give a credit with say Philippians four eight does not merely exclude the deep dark perverted materials that has a lot to say about Google News was where things are of good report it's interesting that the sermon title I think of Randy Roberts today is good news bad news or bad news good news something like that I have no idea resist talk about that I could use the same sermon title for what I want to share this morning were going to have to distance herself from the bad news we can give enough attention to the good news that is weird to think on these things so at Bible doc .org is the IDL the DOC .org all those collection of letters BIP LE DOC .org you'll find an article there on the imagination I would just like you to look it up and read it because it has about twenty pages of elements writings on this topic or I shared with you about half a page of those notorious in the states you'll find their you'll find that for many of us are at when we are sick we become more sick are diseases are aggravated because of a disease in unhealthy imagination you'll find there that many people you wonder why they're lazy like why they lost their motivation and why are they not motivated people many times that is a fruit of a diseased imagination you'll find there that you'll wonder why some people are so super sensitive why is it that they're so easily hurt to find that this is a product of a diseased imagination you'll find there that some people have become very excited and religious meetings in fact some meetings are our top rated to get people very excited but that those kind of meetings produce and encourage a disease imagination you'll find their that daydreaming Council building fantasizing are all types of a diseased imagination that even the shortest thinking about your own weakness and problems your sinful problems just spending time thinking about how terrible the know what to say this right so I don't cause a disaster but meditate on those stains is a disease of imagination this is a time to search our hearts and put away sin but that search your heart is to find the thing between a way is repenting of the site and is not the least bit healthy to continue meditating on the same at all you'll find that some people that have money are you always concerned that they don't have enough money I call it greedy paranoia and greedy paranoia is a disease of the imagination hypochondria is a obvious disease imagination OL I has to say about that idea is that many of us have the ABC of what is called hypochondria when you get to see it is a health paranoia I can't read everything I wrote about the new find there that all my talks about administrators she names some famous ones like Sutherland and Wilcock she says that these men in Loughborough but because of their diseased imagination they were worried about letting anyone half heavy responsibilities for preliminary slaves up in God 's work and you'd be fascinated to read well it says that the work is years behind because these very gifted man would not trust responsibilities to lesser gifted men in short you'll find that a great deal of what plagues us as a people as a church a great deal of that is traceable to a disease of the way our mind works you'll find that the diseases of our mind are traceable to the subjects upon which we spend time thinking that many of the diseases come from thinking about trivial are commonplace or imaginary items and that if on the contrary we would put our minds on things that are real and true and fewer and precious eternal and significant that it would be as if we were girding up the loins of our mind and we would find our own spiritual walk the now we could run now we can jog now that could make progress in battle like we had not been able to do before our spiritual progress is so impeded to summarize I said and will close my mind has been talk related to quickly lead out in the sanctification of my character yeah after years of being a Christian my character does not sanctify it not because I been given defective machinery in the mind it's because I've been feeding the mind with unwholesome materials that have clogged down the machinery and if I would do a process of cleaning and cleansing of meditating correctly we could be running were before we have been walking we could earn stumbling more like it in our cases and if we reduce out we could fulfill the command that was given so long ago the holy for I also am only the start heads for closing prayer are for other heaven the promise for each one here that if we will disappoint our mind and cry out to you in a time of crisis that you will attract our minds to your own that you would save us from the lower sensual thoughts that you would purify our thoughts in our minds and as we have so many years of counter discipline as we have so spent her time and things trivial unlike the Trinity would create in us the blessed hunger after righteousness that would lead us to seek for something more noble I confess the justice and upright value of Philippians four eight national pardon us for how is considered signs of ill repute annual reports we need these gifts may ask for them in the name of Jesus and

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