I am sure many of you have seen the "Jurassic Park" movies. The first time I watched one I had nightmares about being there. Each time I would see even a commercial about the movie, that night I would again have nightmares-- literally-- about facing the dinosaurs. I couldn't watch it at all. But through the years as they kept producing them I would find myself attempting to watch them, and I discovered something-- I no longer have nightmares or even dream about it. The movies don't make me "afraid" any more. I don't feel that inner anxiousness about them any more.
Some may say that is a good thing, but that depends. There is a principle that is in operation here, and it is one the enemy of our soul uses as a strategy against us. It is called "desensitizing". The more we see something, the more we hear something, the less it begins to affect us.
We don't seem to be "bothered" any more by things that once did bother us and we knew were wrong. It is because we are bombarded with commercials, television programs, music, magazine articles, etc. about these subjects until they have become "common place". We see and hear everything from abortion, homosexuality, skimpy cladded men and women, sex, alcohol, murder and so on. The more we see it, the more we are presented with it, the more sympathetic and accepting of it we become.
This is why we must keep our minds renewed with God's Word. We must keep it before us and let it determine for us what is acceptable and what isn't. It will keep our thinking right. It will keep us from accepting those things that God disapproves of. It will keep us from being deceived by sin and the lust of our own flesh.
Have a great day. The more you are bombarded by something, the more accepting of it you become. Therefore, keep your mind renewed with the Word of God.
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