Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.
Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.
Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.
But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.
If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person's religion is worthless. Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.
I've been faced lately with the world - mainly by way of television.
I hadn't realized until last night that the Lord had given me what I'd been asking for. For so long I have been praying for a pure mind and asking for the mind of Christ to consume me.
I haven't had a television since I've been in college and I've never been one to watch videos on the internet; I also don't have any apps or social sites other than blogger, so as you may be able to imagine, it's been fairly easy to not be consumed in the world.
Lately we've been hanging out at our friend's house more, which constitutes watching more movies and youtube videos. As it has been a blast having community, I am finding my mind beaten up and broken due to the things that have entered into it lately. By no means is this anyone's fault but my own.
This may seem like a bad situation for me, but honestly it's a joy. I am reminded of the goodness of the Lord in the midst of this - that when we are persistent and pursuant of him, he gives us what we need and desire to further his kingdom. I asked for a pure mind and he has blessed me with it in many aspects. I still struggle with assuming people are thinking certain things that may not be true and judging people unconsciously, but in many ways, I do have a pure mind; I just did not fully realize it until worldly things entered where they were not welcome.
So all this to say that I am taking joy in my trials and remaining steadfast. I commit to not watching anything that will take away from the purity the Lord has given me. I asked the Lord for wisdom and he gave it to me. I asked the Lord for purity and he gave it to me. I am a doer of the word. The Lord keeps me unstained from the world.
I plead the blood of Jesus over my mind.