In the world but not of it

December 19, 2009

What’s on your mind…

Filed under: Uncategorized — In the world but not of it @ 5:00 am

You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all
your soul, all
your mind
, and all your strength. Matthew 22:37

Did you ever notice that the first time this verse showed up
in the Bible in Deuteronomy 6:5 the phrase “all your mind” was not included?

Why did Jesus add this phrase and make it so seemingly
inconspicuous? The Bible tells us in Romans 10:10 “For it is by believing in
your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your
mouth that you are saved”.

Once we believe in our hearts and accept Christ we are
sealed and filled with the Holy Spirit. Our lives are now His but the mind, on
the other hand, remains an open battlefield. Think about the course of your day
and how often you change your mind. Think about the outside distractions and
attractions that speak into your mind and how fickle you can be in your
decision making. The mind is where the enemy can play tricks, appeal to us and
tempt us to go a certain way.

The truth is we can have a heartfelt commitment to Christ
but still struggle in our minds with daily challenges and thoughts.

We all have had experiences where we have made decisions
that were necessary but our hearts failed to follow as quickly. The Lord knows
that just having the intelligence or information in our heads (minds) regarding
Him is not enough to withstand the onslaught that the enemy will surely bring.

Our commitment needs to be rooted deeply in our hearts. I
may not always have the right intellectual response to challenges about
Christianity and at times I may look foolish in trying to respond but I know in
my heart that what I believe and in whom I believe is completely true.

Jesus said “all your mind” because He wants to emphasize
that even in our minds, that dangerous battleground, we need to be enriching it
with Him. We can be at risk if we entertain things in our minds that do not
glorify Him. The mind is an amazing gift and we need to nurture it…

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