Modern civilisation has created havoc in various ways with toxic waste damaging the environment, besides the sheer scale of other waste material. Individuals pollute their bodies through abusive substances – drink, smoking, drugs and even some legitimate

Don’t feed your mind ‘poison’

foods such as excess sugar and prescribed medicines. More damaging still is the contamination of the mind by the pollutant of pornography and other evils that corrupt it. Do you know the serious damage the trash you let into your mind is doing? What we allow into our minds has the potential to influence our responses (Mt 15:11-20). To the pure everything is pure, but those with evil hearts see evil in everything (Tit 1:15). Our minds will be renewed as we take captive the wrong thoughts and replace them with those that are pure and good (Rom 12:2; 2 Cor 10:4,5; Phil 4:8).

Ungodly sexual desires and activities have shipwrecked many people. Jesus not only reiterated the OT command that adultery was sinful, He also the 'act' undertaken in the thoughts was also (Mt 5:27,28). The Bible says our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit and must be kept pure (1 Cor 3:17, 6:15-20). Do I take this responsibility seriously?

Even a little sin affects us and tarnishes our whole witness for Christ. If we have done what God says is not right, He will forgive when there is genuine repentance, turning away from wrong, however the consequences will remain (1 Cor 5:6; 1 Jn 1:9). As “Bad company corrupts good character” God desires we keep ourselves from being polluted by the world (1 Cor 15:33; Jas 1:27). The evilness of sin allows the enemy to gain the advantage so this calls for vigilance, self-discipline, and control of our faculties on our part for, although He will assist, the motivation and effort must come from us (Josh 7:6-13; Eph 4:22,27,29). Sin must be dealt with, be it in us, our homes, churches or nations. There can be no peaceful co-existence between good and evil (2 Cor 6:14). Be wary of any souvenir or object in your home that has something of the enemy about it.

See also: clean and unclean, corrupt, defile, environment, input, pornography, pure/purity, self-discipline, thoughts/thinking.