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