Don’t Poison the Well

In earlier times an army would poison their own wells so that an invading army couldn’t use them. This turned into a metaphor for biasing the mind against something. We can poison our own mind if we’re not careful. We allow the lies of the world, the flesh, and the Devil to turn us against God. Sometimes without even realizing it. This is essentially what the Devil did to Eve in the Garden. Satan poisoned the well of her because she allowed him to fill it with lies. The result was that eventually she didn’t trust God. It was acid to her faith. Such a condition is still a threat to believers today, so Paul provides the antidote in Philippians 4:8. He begins with words of friendliness, “Finally, brothers” and then proceeds to give an eight-part prescription for maintaining spiritual mental health. Looking to the end of the verse we see the dominant imperative verb. This is the answer to how we get there. He says, “think”. This is a goal and an activity. It comprises the reward, and ultimately the cultivation of a useful mind.

2 thoughts on “Don’t Poison the Well

  1. In this New Year and forevermore, I resolve to dwell continually on and in my Redeemer, The Lord Jesus Christ.

    “And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7

    With my Lord near, the poisoned wells of this world are no test to my faith. Freed from anxiety and worry God’s Truth reveals Satan’s lies just as pure light dispels darkness.

    Our Father in Heaven has graced CBCNC with many truly excellent, Godley examples. My prayer is that I will model my Christian walk on the exemplar’s of the local church, dwelling on the things that I have “learned and received and heard and seen” in the lives of my Christian mentors.

    “The God of peace will be with you.” Philippians 4:9

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