Episode 1: God Cares About How You Think

DESCRIPTION: This inaugural episode covers several passages of scripture that demonstrate that God wants us to use the minds he gave us, and to use them well.

SHOW NOTES

REALITY-BASED THINKING
In the episode, I mention my philosophy that I call Reality-Based Thinking (RBT). You can see my 90-minute introduction in video podcast format at RealityBasedThinking.com.

SCRIPTURES USED IN THIS EPISODE
For your convenience, I have listed all the scriptures used in this episode below. You may find it helpful to have this page open while you listen. Where there are hyperlinks, they lead to the same passage at BibleGateway.com, where you can study the passage in its context, or switch translations, etc.

Haggai 1:7 This is what the Lord Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways.” (NIV)

Isaiah 1:18a Come now, and let us reason together, says the Lord. (ESV)

Isaiah 55:9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.  (NIV)

Isaiah 1:18a Come now, and let us reason together, says the Lord. (ESV)

Isaiah 1:18 “Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the Lord.  (NIV)

John 7:24 “Stop judging by mere appearances, but instead judge correctly.” (NIV)

Proverbs 23:6 Do not eat the bread of a miser,
Nor desire his delicacies;
For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.
“Eat and drink!” he says to you,
But his heart is not with you.

Matthew 23:25 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and the plate, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. 26 You blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and the plate, that the outside also may be clean.  27 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within are full of dead people’s bones and all uncleanness. 28 So you also outwardly appear righteous to others, but within you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.

Matthew 12:33 “Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or else make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for a tree is known by its fruit. 34 Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. 35 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things. 36 But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. 37 For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”

Matthew 12:25a  But Jesus knew their thoughts…

Matthew 23:23 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cumin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness. These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others. 24 You blind guides, straining out a gnat and swallowing a camel!

Matthew 12:35 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things. 36 But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment.

Ephesians 5:11  Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.

1 Corinthians 11:28 Let a person examine himself.

2 Corinthians 13:5 Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves!

1 Corinthians 11:31 But if we were more discerning with regard to ourselves, we would not come under such judgment. (NIV)

Romans 12:Do not be conformed to this world,[c] but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.[d]

Proverbs 18:17 The first to plead his case seems right, until another comes and examines him.

Romans 12:3 Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment.

James 4:8 Purify your hearts, you double-minded.

1 Corinthians 14:20 Brothers, do not be children in your thinking. Be infants in evil, but in your thinking be mature.

James 1:26 If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless.

Jeremiah 37:9a …Thus says the Lord, Do not deceive yourselves…

1 Corinthians 3:18a Let no one deceive himself. …

James 1:22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.

Luke 10: 25 And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How do you read it?” 27 And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” 28 And he said to him, “You have answered correctly; do this, and you will live.”

James 4:8 Purify your hearts, you double-minded.

2 Peter 3:14 Therefore, beloved, since you are waiting for these, be diligent to be found by him without spot or blemish, and at peace. 15 And count the patience of our Lord as salvation, just as our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you according to the wisdom given him, 16 as he does in all his letters when he speaks in them of these matters. There are some things in them that are hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other Scriptures. 17 You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, take care that you are not carried away with the error of lawless people and lose your own stability. 18 But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

2 thoughts on “Episode 1: God Cares About How You Think

  1. Very interesting, watched all 3 podcasts, good job and very well done. Looking forward to your next ones. Thank You

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