Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Preparing Your Mind

Submitted by Sam Nobles
Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ
1 Peter 1:13 ESV

Your mind is a wonderful and powerful gift given to you by God. With your mind you can memorize verses or passages of Scripture. With your mind you can discern truth from lies. With your mind you can recall and remember the ways in which God has changed your life.

In the Bible, God’s most effective servants were those who intentionally disciplined their minds for service to the Lord. Moses, educated by the best schools in Egypt, put together Israel’s five books of Law. Isaiah used his scholarly mind to pen some of the most exalted prophetic passages of Scripture. Paul the Apostle took the teaching he received, under the tutelage of Gamaliel, and presented much of the New Testament theology that we have today.

It is a sad fact that many Christians do not exercise their minds to be of service to God. We live in one of the busiest eras of history and it shows in Christendom because of the vast number of believers that will allow others to “spoon-feed” them their faith. Books, conferences, and seminars have become the source of theology, and the Bible has been cast aside. Speakers make authoritative statements and it is accepted and lived upon without any thought of its biblical collaboration.

Paul the Apostle urged Christian people to strive for maturity in their minds (1 Corinthians 14:20) because he was one who knew the importance of growing up in the way we think (1 Corinthians 13:11). Paul was one who did not let others do his thinking for him. Be certain to use your mind in a way that is intentional – in a way that brings glory to God.

Scripture to Claim:

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:2 ESV

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