The other day I was helping a friend make a batch of delicious brownies. As we talked about what was going on in our lives, she added the sugar and flour and cocoa. The batter looked perfect, ready to be poured into a pan and put in the oven. My mouth was watering just thinking about our dessert. Right before she poured the batter into the pan though, my friend pulled out this disgusting green slime from the refrigerator and started to put it into the brownies.
“WHAT are you doing?!” I yelled.
“No one’s going to know,” she replied. “It’s a filler that I just slip into my baking. It’s going to blend in, the color will be disguised by the brown batter, and there’s hardly any smell to it.”
I couldn’t believe it. There was no way I was eating those (slimy) brownies! Would you?
A (Not So) Little Secret
My friend really didn’t try to slip green slime into her brownies (thankfully!). But what would your reaction be if you were baking with someone and they tried to slip something gross into the batter? I’m pretty sure all of us would be disgusted.
Let me share with you a secret: The world is like that green slime. It oozes into our lives quietly, looking innocent. Often we don’t even notice it’s there. But its effect is way more disgusting than any green slime ever could be.
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind (Rom. 12:2).
What do you do when you realize that all of a sudden you’re “conforming” to the world and allowing it to influence your behavior, thoughts, and actions? How do we renew and transform our minds? Here are four ways I’ve found helpful in fighting the world’s influence in my life.
1. Watch and Pray
“Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak” (Matt. 26:41).
The power of prayer can’t be highlighted enough. Pray that the Lord will begin to clean out the world’s views and ideas from your mind and heart and replace that with truth. Here are a few more verses that talk about the power of prayer:
2. Read Your Bible
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path (Ps. 119:105).
Nothing will train you to spot the slime this world has to offer like reading your Bible consistently. I know that when I start my day reading the Bible, I have an entirely different outlook on life. The difficult things don’t seem quite as hard, and it’s easier to keep things in perspective.
These verses will inspire you to read your Bible:
3. Make It Your Mission to Memorize
I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you (Ps. 119:11).
If you’re looking for a way to fight the voice of the world, memorize Scripture. Move beyond simply reading your Bible and commit passages to memory so they are always with you. God’s Word is a voice that gives wisdom and guidance. And it’s wisdom and encouragement we can share with others more easily when it is locked in our brains.
Here are my top three verses to memorize:
4. Surround Yourself with Friends Who Are Pursuing Jesus
Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing (1 Thess. 5:11).
You become like the friends you’re with. If you don’t want to be overly influenced by the world, don’t hang out with worldly friends. Guard your friendships, and make sure you surround yourself with close friends who are pursuing Jesus.
Check these verses out for more wisdom:
Let’s link arms, pray for each other, and fight the world’s influence in our lives. Don’t let the slime sneak in!
I want to know, what’s one way you fight the world’s influence in your life? Where have you seen the Lord’s hand working in your life and helping you fight the world?