Our Reading is Revealing

There is serious reading and light reading. This is also true of “Christian” literature. If we are constantly taking into our minds superficial reading, we may have a superficial Christianity (or even, in some cases, perhaps none at all). If we are digesting material by those who’ve had a close walk with God, it will ordinarily impact our lives, motivating us to want that kind of a walk ourselves. However, both levels of “Christian” literature must always be evaluated in the light of Scripture. Is what we read Truth or error? A Christian author isn’t automatically an authority. Does light reading have a place? A “Christian” novel can be a means of relaxing and have some beneficial content. Nevertheless, this shouldn’t be our major reading. We should major on the books, tapes, CDs, DVDs, etc. that will help us grow Spiritually. Good, Scripturally sound, reading can be helpful; it is not a substitute for reading God’s Word daily. It is only an aid. As to non-Christian literature, most of it is a waste of time and much of the content from this kind of reading can spiritually damage us. Those who are born again and are faithful in prayerfully reading and studying the Bible and books with Spiritual depth will have lives that show the results. Reading prompts thinking; what we think on shapes our lives. This is why Paul, in Philippians 4:8, gave this inspired admonition, “….whatsoever things are just….pure….lovely….of good report; if there be any virtue….any praise, think on these things.” We might do well to offer the prayer that Clara H. Scott, in her hymn “Open My Eyes” prayed, “Open my eyes that I may see glimpses of truth thou hast for me; place in my hands the wonderful key that shall unclasp and set me free. Silently now, I wait on Thee, ready, my God, Thy will to see; open my eyes-illumine me, Spirit Divine!” Selah! Use the Bible to filter out trash from entering your mind. Godly content coming in will produce purity of heart.   Ron

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