Treat yourself right and guard your thinking!

So much of value can be learned from Nehemiah, who rebuilt the walls of Jerusalem. The Bible tells us that despite threats of doom and cunning invitations by his enemies—Sanballat, Tobiah, and Geshem—Nehemiah refused to be tempted away from his holy work. His sure defense and success lay in his steadfastness and trust in God's supremacy and power. He remained armed mentally as well as militarily; he guarded his thinking and thereby triumphed in the completion of his work.

What of the Sanballats, the Tobiahs, the Geshems of today? Aren't they whatever would seduce and falsely influence the thoughts and opinions of humanity? We need to guard our thinking against today's materialism, sensualism, and immorality. As Paul warns, "Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?" Rom. 6:16.

Is leaving necessarily the answer?
August 20, 1984

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