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What’s On YOUR Mind??? A Word from THE WORD!!! #80
I’m kind of changing course in the middle of the stream; I really wanted to continue in Jeremiah but feel impressed of The Lord to share some difficult things that I hope God can use to touch our hearts and lead us to examine ourselves and the things that we surround ourselves with, as well as the things to which we give our time, effort, trust, and devotion. The truth is God’s Word IS TRUTH, no matter how we feel about it. May we each pray for God to open our eyes, hearts, and minds to have HIS view on life, liberty, and our pursuits?
“Search me, O God,
and know my heart:
and know my thoughts:
24 And see if there be any wicked way
and lead me
in the way everlasting.” Psalm 139: 23-24
We all make choices every day, and Jesus warns us of the danger of wrong choices–may we heed His words and choose wisely by HIS Spirit and not our own earthly “vision”!
“But seek ye first
the kingdom of God,
and his righteousness;
and all these things shall be added unto you.
34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow:
for the morrow shall take thought
for the things of itself.
Sufficient unto the day
is the evil thereof.” Matthew 6:33-34
Jesus goes on in chapter 7 to warn us (still part of His Sermon on The Mount):
“Enter ye in at the strait gate:
for wide is the gate,
and broad is the way,
that leadeth to destruction,
and many there be which go in thereat:
14 Because strait is the gate,
and narrow is the way,
which leadeth unto life,
and few there be that find it.
15 Beware of false prophets,
which come to you in sheep’s clothing,
they are ravening wolves.” Matthew 7:13-15
Paul comes along and warns us of the dangers that will come, and my friends, we are there; his list is like reading the daily news, but it seems that we have become so accustomed to the lies of the enemy of our souls, that we don’t even recognize the danger–we seem to be “getting used to the dark”!
“This know also,
that in the last days perilous times shall come.
2 For men shall be
lovers of their own selves,
disobedient to parents,
3 Without natural affection,
despisers of those that are good,
lovers of pleasures
more than lovers of God;
5 Having a form of godliness,
but denying the power thereof:
from such turn away.” 2 Timothy 3:1-5
When we read Jeremiah and Lamentations we see a sad reality–that even as Jesus said when He talked to Nicodemus, “men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil…”; and we are no different! We have allowed the ease and comfort of a prosperous (and yes even we who aren’t what we think wealthy, are part of the 2% of the wealthiest peoples in the world-if we own a refrigerator!) environment, and a church that has been more willing to accommodate sin, than to call us to biblical righteousness! Go through this list above and think of your own life, the life of those inside our churches, the things that we accept every day because it’s ok to ‘go along to get along’!
I’d like to just name a few things that you might want to take note of and see what you think about them, and then ask, “why” you think it’s ok or not? Is it a biblical decision or a cultural one–things that we have seen and heard so much, have been incorporated into our culture, our lives and even the very Church of Jesus Christ our Lord! God forbid! Think of these popular buzz words and activities, and how far we have come from the truth of God’s Word, all by ourselves; or so we think. Remember Paul’s words that called us to prepare by putting on that armor of God, “that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil….that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day…” (from Ephesians 6:10-18)! I can’t help but think that we have laid down on the job rather that “standing” with, for, and through the “power of HIS might”!
Won’t you think with me through a few things that I think worth considering/questioning.
what is left unseen (male and female) …
telling the truth in all things, keeping our word…
Biblical view of sexuality? —
“God created them male and female…” (Read Genesis 1-3)
not taking what’s not ours, rendering unto Caesar, giving good measure (working 8 hours for 8 hours pay?), paying our debts (financial and moral)
a real buzz word today, but do you know it’s part of Buddhism? Would God call this idolatry?
I’ll lose some of you here, but check out the origin and determine what you are opening your “mind” to (remember, “let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus” see Philippians 2:5-11) Pantheism maybe?
What substances are we putting into our bodies– For medicine, relief, ecstasy, laziness (we don’twant to face life God’s way, to live by faith rather than sight?), indulgence, addiction??
Love yourself first? —
Let me simply say, ‘find that in The Word’. If we’ll “love The Lord your God with ALL…” (See Matthew 22:37+), love God first, confident that HE loves me enough to give “His only begotten Son” to die for my salvation… then I can rest in HIS love and follow HIS lead…
These seem like such small, relatively, unimportant things, but it only takes a pinhole (unstopped) to sink a ship. And the danger is revealed by Jesus Himself, in His letter to the church at Laodicea–and whether we are there or just close is up for debate, the danger is real. Please know that I write from a heart of love and concern, and not a ‘pocket full of rocks’!
“And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write;
These things saith the Amen,
the faithful and true witness,
the beginning of the creation of God;
15 I know thy works,
that thou art neither cold nor hot:
I would thou wert cold or hot.
16 So then because thou art lukewarm,
and neither cold nor hot,
I will spue thee out of my mouth.
17 Because thou sayest,
I am rich,
and increased with goods,
and have need of nothing;
and knowest not
that thou art wretched,
and naked…” Revelation 3:14-17
Here is a church that thought they had “need of nothing” –not even Jesus! How do I know? If you go on down and read verse 20, you’ll see that Jesus is knocking at the door to get into HIS own church! Will we open the door to the Master or continue to lock HIM out? I pray that God will use His Word to open our hearts, minds, and lives to HIS Word that we may have ears that hear and yield to HIM!!!
I stand at the door,
if any man hear my voice,
and open the door,
I will come in to him,
and will sup with him,
and he with me.” Revelation 3:20
May we hear God’s voice today.
Amen and Amen!!!