By Ray Ferris

In Acts, chapter eight, we have the account of a man and his thoughts that emphasizes the need f or careful thinking; for what a man thinks may cause him to lose his soul eternally. The sorcerer had believed and obeyed, as had the others who were Christians in Samaria (vs. 12-13). Now he attempts to purchase the ability to bestow spiritual blessings upon others (vs. 20); therefore, his heart is not right in the sight of God (vs. 21); thus he must “pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine (his) heart may be forgiven thee (him). For I perceive that thou art (he was) in the gall of bitterness, and in the bond of iniquity (vs. 22-23) (Emphasis mine, REF.) As we are admonished by Paul, we must bring “into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ . . .” (2 Cor. 10:5). Have you compared your thinking with God’s? On what subjects?

June 29, 1972