What Ya Thinking?

Forever and a day I ponder what happened.  The “how in the world?” circulates my thought pattern on a consistent basis.  

How could she love the Lord her God with all her heart and with all her soul and with all her mind and with all her strength and still walk away?  Simple answer, because she didn’t.

You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. Isaiah 26:3

The power of the obedient mind

The inner recesses of my mind wages war for eternity; it is the battle of obedience.  I can say I love the Lord with all my heart, but if my mind still chooses to disobey, I simply do not love Him with all my heart, and you can call me a liar.

Harsh, I know, but true.

The Power of an Obedient Mind

I can write all day long about how much I love God, how much I die to serve Him, but when jealousy consumes me because someone’s blog is way cooler than mine, I fall flat on my face.

When I play the comparison game, “Oh my word, I want to be just like her.  Look how beautiful and amazing she is.  I’m nowhere near that good, no wonder I’m a failure,”  I fail.

When I allow my mouth to run freely in anger…Oh, please do not even get me started on that one.  My freely running mouth does not always glorify the Lord.  Little words slip out that are not edifying, pleasing, or lovely in His sight.  Would I talk that way if Christ was standing in my presence?  Oh, but He is.

Thoughts pop up in my head on a moment by moment basis, and that is a natural part of life.  Do I dismiss them?  Or do I allow them to linger just a moment longer?  They tempt me to fall back into fear and defeat.  They want me to live locked in anxiety.

You cannot love the Lord your God with all of you until you love Him with all your mind. Click To Tweet

Even the wind and the waves obey Him, why can’t I?

I can’t obey Him while flesh, my human nature, governs my life.  Left to my own devices, I will be out of line in a flash!  Only a life lived in the Spirit can fully obey.  The choice is mine.

A person may think their own ways are right, but the Lord weighs the heart.  Proverbs 21:2

He calls me (maybe you as well, perhaps not) to a life of complete obedience to Him.

Obedience begins and ends in the mind.

My mind controls every little part of my human anatomy.  My hand cannot act freely on its own, nor will my mouth speak without my mind telling it what to say.

He doesn’t ask for much from me.  He begs me to put some actions to “set apart” not just the words “called to be set apart.”

The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.  The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so.  Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God.  Romans 8:6-7

He begs me to put some actions to “set apart” not just the words “called to be set apart.” Click To Tweet

Into action

I can choose what my mind thinks about and what my mind does; He gave me control of me to do with as I see fit.  He gave me free will.  I have free will to change the radio station.  I have the ability to walk away from an ugly conversation.  God made me exactly the way He made me.  If He wanted me to be that lady over there, He would have made me Her.  He put within me my blog and not that one over there.

Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ.  Then whether I come and see  your or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in the one Spirit, striving together as one for the faith of the gospel.  Philippians 1:27

So fast forward fifteen years, and I now know where I went wrong, desperately wrong.

What about you?  Do you love the Lord your God with all your mind?  Or do you just say you do?  It’s a question only you can answer.

I failed miserably.  I lived sheerly by words alone.  I was a poser, and it did some damage.

Don’t be me, love the Lord your God with all your mind and your heart, your soul, your strength!  (Mark 12:30, Matthew 22:37; Luke 10:27;) Take captive every thought and bend it to the will of Christ! (2 Corinthians 10:5)

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Author: MariJo

Sitting in the passenger’s seat of life watching this nation roll by. Saved by grace, living on faith!

15 thoughts on “What Ya Thinking?”

    1. Oh my heck! I just laughed out loud! That just takes the cake! Thank you, Kim!

      I am so glad you stopped by! God is truly moving in ways only the Holy Spirit can explain. I am left in awe at His wonder and majesty.

      We have different hells, you and I, but the very same God is by our side through the valley. He will never leave us, nor forsake us. He will only continue to draw us closer and closer to Him until all we breathe is God…and it’s all for His glory!

    1. Anne, you are so very right! Had I not been through what I’ve been through I would not know the magnitude of His saving Grace. Thank you so very much.

  1. I think our need to participate and express ourselves should be why we do anything. Comparing ourselves to others ruins that enjoyment. You have expressed what everyone goes through in some form or other. Take care.

    1. Oh my! The word ‘vibes’ appeared out of nowhere. My autocorrect is at it again. So glad this was a somewhat appropriate word this time!LOL

    2. Hey Miss Laura!! I’m so glad you stopped by cold snowy Here today! My heart is warm and that’s what counts! I’m glad you read my weekly devotion to myself! I’m sitting here reading previous posts just enamored by God…He is faithful and I can’t get enough!

  2. MariJo, yes, yes, yes! Thank you for the call to wake up and be real with ourselves as followers of Christ. Our obedience truly is the litmus test of our professed love.
    Blessings,
    Christine

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