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Samuel A Cain“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” (Philippians 4:8 ESV)

Why do our minds need to be sanctified? Sanctification is needed because original sin and our own continual personal sins have darken our minds to man’s true purpose. Instead of glorifying God, we have chosen to ignore Him. The mind of man has been injured by original sin. Thus, man is comfortably ignorant of the truth and knowledge of God. Man’s mind is darkened by the corruption of original sin. This darkness of mind particularly impedes the hearing of the Word of God. The cause is found in Romans 1:18-21:

“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened.” (Romans 1:18-21 ESV)

We live in a society that has abandoned the Christian ethical system and thus, the Christian is bombarded daily with seeing and hearing things that are impure and sinful. Sin continues to become more acceptable in our culture; it is even applauded by a society afflicted with debased minds. (Romans 1:32) How can a Christian possibly grow in sanctification among such an unholy people?

 We are told by Paul in Romans 12:2-4 that the Christian should “not be conformed to this world, 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.” We must cast aside the old sin nature of our inclinations and renew our minds by conforming our thinking to the way and life of Jesus Christ.

We must seek to be Philippians 4:8 Christians.  We must think on Godly matters which are “worthy of praise”. “Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.” (Colossians 3:2 ESV) The more you set your mind on God’s Word and prayer, the closer you will be to God’s presence and a godly mind matures from the strength of God’s companionship.

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